butter tarts

It is a Canadian thing…

“It’s a nice little tart without much pedigree but I know you’ll be amused by its lack of pretension,” is how artist Charles Pachter remembers one particular butter tart.

With or without raisins? Gooey or firm center? With or without vinegar in the filling? Does the pastry really matter?

Writer Sarah Brown wrote that there are three things which most Canadians have strong opinions on: religion, politics and butter tarts. “Never should these words, or any reference to them, be mentioned in social gatherings unless waging bloody battle is the intended result.” (Globe and Mail 2001)

Award Winning Butter Tarts
just like the ones from Wilkie’s Bakery in Orillia, Ontario

other recipes and commentary about Butter Tarts

Best Canadian Butter Tarts Recipe


in Search of the Quintessential Butter Tart
The Globe and Mail / CBC

Wikipedia on butter tarts with a picture

CBC: What makes a great butter tart?

Butter Tarts To Die For
Now.. You Are Cooking

Butter tarts – only in Canada?
There was a hot post about the best butter tart in Toronto.

some of the people who quest for the perfect butter tart
Max Burns, Marion Kane, Charles Pachter