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Butter Tart Tour

Come have a little “Tart To Tart” experience along the biggest culinary tour of its kind in Ontario.

Butter Tart Tour

Come have a little “Tart To Tart” experience along the biggest culinary tour of its kind in Ontario.

Explore the simple goodness of classic butter tarts and taste some innovative and award-winning fusion flavours! Our bakers are ready for you.

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While we didn’t invent the iconic Canadian treat that is the butter tart, we’ve most certainly perfected the delivery of these sweet treats! The Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour combines dozens of stops offering some of the best butter tarts in Ontario in one fun-filled, family-friendly tour.

You can taste your way across Northumberland County, Peterborough County, the City of Peterborough, and Kawartha Lakes. Tour partners include our stellar local bakeries, charming cafes, and elegant restaurants as well as welcoming resorts and inns across the region each serving up their take on this Canadian classic treat.

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Posted by Kawarthas Butter Tart Tour on Saturday, October 7, 2017

What is a butter tart?

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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.

But it gets better… tarts can also include tasty add-ins too! Think raisins, pecans, walnuts, currants or even more adventurous additions such as fruits and crème fillings. The pastry crust can be flaky, or firm, or even made from shortbread, which packs a scrumptious crunch! With a nod to the times, several stops on the Tour now offer gluten-free versions too!

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Enjoy The Butter Tart Tour all year long at your own pace!

When you’re tasting your way along Ontario’s biggest culinary tour, there are dozens of different places to visit and many butter tarts to sample. Got a butter tart craving but you’re short on time? Plan a day-trip and visit two or three spots! Really want to sink your sweet tooth into it? You can choose from five tasty regional tours that can be explored at your own pace!

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