Posts Tagged ‘Butter Tart Battle’

We Love Butter Tarts

Much like the Nanaimo Bar of BC or the Saskatoonberry Pie of the Prairies, the Butter Tart is probably the official dessert of Ontario. A beloved Canadian confection, the butter tart has many variations, it can be just be the straight up sweet filling of brown sugar and egg, or it can be spruced up with raisins, walnuts, pecans (adding pecans means you’re just making pecan pie), even chocolate chips. I recently went on a Butter Tart tour of Toronto with Rebecca LeHeup, we found an incredible array of delicious tarts. She wrote about our epic journey for the Huffington Post. Continue »

A Pie Chart of Canada

Recently Tenderflake conducted a survey to determine a few things about Canadians’ love of pie.  You know what Tenderflake is, right? It’s lard. Do you know what lard is? Simply put, it is rendered pig fat, and, as it turns out, it has been making a comeback for the last few years, both in high-end restaurants and bakeries. A few years ago Sasha Chapman wrote an excellent article for Toronto Life extolling the virtues of this misunderstood, and, to a certain extent, vilified fat. If you have a few minutes, you should definitely check out this fascinating piece, it will probably change the way you look at lard. Really.

So, get yourself some lard and let’s get down to what this post is really about; pie crust, pies sweet-and savory- and Canada’s love affair with them. Continue »