Ontario’s Butter Tarts Are Battle Ready

The bakeries of the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour are gearing up for the ultimate butter tart battle: The Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Taste-Off. Once a year the best of the Butter Tart Tour comes together under one roof for the annual competition; this year, it all goes down on September 23rd at the Peterborough Farmers’ Market.

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Our Community Manager, Agatha, is one of the Butter Tart Battle’s lucky judges. Stop by the Peterborough Farmers Market on September 23rd and say hi!

We’re particularly excited this year because we get to be some of the judges! Hard job, we know.

Bakers submit to five catgories: Best Plain Butter Tart, Best ?Canadiana? Butter Tart, Best Gluten-Free Butter Tart, Best Emerging Baker, and the one we’re most excited for: Best of the Best, where past winners duke it out for the ultimate prize!

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The simple, sticky tarts at Doo Doo’s Bakery in Baillieboro are a crowd favorite. They’re firm, with a crumbly crust and come in a variety of fun flavours — like this one with maple whiskey called The Stompin’ Tom.

Last year’s winners include regional favorite DooDoo’s BakeryBlack Honey Dessert and Coffeehouse in Peterborough and Burnham Family Farm Market.

There are literally over 100 submissions across all the categories — which means there’s a tart for everyone; even those raisin lovers out there. This year, they’ve taken over the whole building, which means less lines, more tarts and a lot of sticky fingers.

Join us in Peterborough on September 23rd, it’s going to a seriously sweet time!


What is a Butter Tart anyway?

At its most basic, a butter tart is simply butter, sugar, syrup, and eggs. The magic happens when these simple ingredients are combined and baked in a pastry shell until golden brown and the filling is semi-solid � or really runny depending on your tastes and baking style. This simple combination is what was featured in the first known printed recipe from the early 1900s. Found in the Royal Victoria Cookbook by The Women�s Auxiliary to the Royal Victoria Hospital located in Barrie, ON, this simple tart has become a staple of the Canadian cuisine landscape.






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