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A look back at By George’s “Butter Tart Month”

By George declared July “Butter Tart Month.” Here is the full menu of delectable articles!

Butter Tarts are the Quintessential Canadian Food

The All-Important Question: Raisins or No-Raisins?

First Printed Recipe of Butter Tarts

The humble origins of the butter tart

Canadian Living‘s Butter Tart Recipe

A Dozen Delectable Photos 

Mom, Tarts, and Life Lessons

2020 Title Holder for Best Tart is From the Ottawa Valley

An artist’s rendering… delicious!

Kids and Butter Tarts – a very happy combination 

Butter Tart Daydreams

Elizabeth Baird’s Butter Tart Recipe 

An Award-Winning Butter Tart Recipe

An apology for adding raisins

It’s the all important question: raisins or no-raisins (a mid-month update)

Butter Tart Recipes from The Great Canadian Cookbook

Bacon Butter Tarts

The Bee Hive Corn Syrup Recipe

Butter Tart Daydreams II

The Best Butter Tart Festival 

The (Infamous) Butter Tart Tour

Wellington County Butter Tarts

Almonte and Pakenham Bakeries are “Must-Stops”

Maple Butter Tart Liqueur

Maple Butter Tart Pie Recipe

Butter Tarts – Plus

7 “Of Ontario’s Best” Butter Tarts

Torontonians’ Top 10 List of Best Butter Tarts

A Definitive List of Ontario’s Best Butter Tarts

By George’s “Best Butter Tarts – Ever”

The answer to the all-important butter tart question is….

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The answer to the all-important butter tart question is…

To conclude the By George celebration of “Butter Tart Month” let us share with you the results of our survey and that all-important question for all butter tart lovers:

“Does the ultimate butter tart contain raisins – or no raisins?”

Given the responses this month from our By George tart lovers, it appears the answer to this controversial question is…. raisins! 

Raisin 56 %

No-Raisins 33%

Other 11%

(“Other” responses include “both” or “neither,” and some answered with other ingredients like pecans or currants.)

RAISINS IT IS. Although, with one-in-three tart lovers not wanting those plump pieces of goodness in their fillings, we’re sure this debate will continue.  

By George has declared July as “Butter Tart Month.” Here is a menu of our delectable articles on Canada’s iconic dessert.

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By George’s “Best Butter Tarts – Ever”

At the By George Journal, we know the “best butter tarts – ever.”

First, we must distinguish between commercially- and home-made tarts (nothing will ever be quite like a home-made tart coming out of the oven). By George recognizes best butter tarts in each of these categories.

To find “the best” commercially-made butter tarts, one needs to travel the back way into Cambridge, on regional road 97, to make a stop at Dee’s General Store.  This landmark bakery opened in 1996 in Dee’s General Store, which opened its doors a decade earlier. Dee’s famous Butter Tarts (to Die For) are award winners! When The Kitchener-Waterloo Record held a “best bought butter tart contest”,  Dee’s tarts came out on top, winning over tried and true tart makers.

Aside from the General Store, Dee today has a bakery in Cambridge (downtown Galt) and her famous butter tarts can be ordered and shipped to your door. More about Dee’s butter tarts on the General Store website.

Dee’s motto: “Never Underestimate the Joy of a Homemade Butter Tart.”

And then there’s Dot’s Gooey Butter Tarts.

By George recognizes a lady in the northeastern Ontario town of Englehart as having made the “best butter tarts – ever.” Dot’s Gooey Butter Tarts are truly second to none. Though Dot may have taken the precise secrets of her perfect fillings to her grave, she did leave this recipe as a guide.

Ingredients

Pastry  

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • ice water

Filling  

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup raisins (or currants)

Instructions 

  • Pastry: Combine flour and salt, cut in butter and shortening. In cup, whisk egg yolk with vinegar and add water. Sprinkle liquid into flour stirring briskly. Gather dough and press together into disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Filling: Whisk brown sugar, corn syrup, egg, butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt. Set aside.  (You can adjust the filling ingredients depending on your preference of runny vs sticky tarts. For runnier tarts put more corn syrup in; for stickier tarts put more brown sugar.)
  • On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8 inch thickness. Use 100 cm round cookie cutter and fit into 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 inch muffin tray.
  • Divide raisins into tart shells. Spoon in filling (do not over-fill).
  • Bake at 450 F on bottom rack for 12 minutes – or until filling is bubbling and golden. Let stand for 1 minute and remove tarts to cooling racks.

Thank you Dot! 

By George has declared July as “Butter Tart Month.” Here is a menu of our delectable articles on Canada’s iconic dessert.

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A Definitive List of Ontario’s Best Butter Tarts

Ontario Tourism has compiled a comprehensive list of butter tart bakeries and stores across the Province – and it is much more thorough than the short list Canadian Living magazine published in 2014.  This is a definitive list that tourists can plan their travels around!

CLIP AND SAVE THIS DEFINITIVE LIST OF THE BEST BUTTER TARTS IN ONTARIO 

Here are seven spots that stood out with multiple rave reviews.

Butter Tarts ‘n More – Little Britain

Betty’s Pies and Tarts – Port Hope

Dee’s General Store – Valens

DooDoo’s Bakery – Bailieboro

The Little Tub Bakery –Tobermory

Don’s Bakery – Bala (photo below) 

Harbord Bakery & Dark Horse Espresso Bar – Toronto

And here is the full list!

  • Marty’s World Famous Cafe – Bracebridge
  • Wolfe Island Bakery – Kingston
  • The Farmer’s Daughter – Huntsville
  • Trudy’s – Bancroft
  • Kawartha Dairy – Bancroft
  • Nancy’s Bakery – Sauble Beach
  • The Little Tart – Haliburton
  • West Guilford General Store – Haliburton County
  • Grandma’s Beach Treats – Wasaga Beach
  • The Buttertart Factory – Campbellford
  • Doohers Bakery – Campbellford
  • The Bear’s Den – Deep River
  • Cox’s – Quetico North
  • Elliot’s Bakery, Garden & Greenhouse – Wiarton
  • Fulton’s Pancake House – Pakenham
  • A Little Taste of Paradise – Sterling
  • Tazzi’s Cafe – Sault Ste. Marie
  • Andrew’s Scenic Acres – Milton
  • Country Mart – Buckhorn
  • Black Honey – Peterborough
  • The Bakery – Flesherton

The source article can be found here: Ontario’s Best Butter Tarts – as chosen by you!

AND I would like to add two more…. Baker Bob’s in Almonte and The Pakenham General Store. See the review on these bakeries here.

By George has declared July as “Butter Tart Month.” Here is a menu of our delectable articles on Canada’s iconic dessert.

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Torontonians’ Top 10 List of Best Butter Tarts

Here are the top 10 butter tarts in Ontario, according to two Torontonians who were on a self-appointed mission to test every one through the Province.

Michael Deforge and Jullian Tamaki, both Toronto-based artists, documented all the butter tarts they were eating over a period of a few years. The duo’s list of “best tarts” is Toronto-centric (it is uncertain whether they ventured to southwestern or eastern Ontario?).  A total of 6 of 10 places named in their list are in the City. Only two tart spots are outside of the GTA.

So, take it for what it is, here is the Torontonians’ list of “the top 10 butter tarts” – counted down in reverse order to allow your mouth to water in the revelation of the number one pick.

10 – Sweet Bliss, Toronto @ 1304 Queen St. E.

9 – Doo Doo’s, Bailieboro

8 – Karelia Kitchen, Toronto @ 1194 Bloor St. W.

7 – Harbord Street Bakery, Toronto @ 115 Harbord St.

6 – Maid’s Cottage, Newmarket

5 – Andrea’s Gerrard Street Bakery, Toronto @ 635 Gerrard St. E.

(photo credit – TO Blog) 

4 – Bakerberry’s, Toronto chain

3 – Hansen’s Danish Bakery Shop, Toronto @ 1017 Pape Ave.

2 – Grandma’s Beach Treats, Wasaga Beach

1 – Betty’s, Cobourg

(photo credit – Northumberland News)

Read the original Toronto Life magazine piece – which includes photos and great annotated notes for each selection. Go here: The top 10 butter tarts in Ontario

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7 “Of Ontario’s Best” Butter Tarts

A few years back Canadian Living magazine had the nerve to select the 7 Best Butter Tarts in Ontario. Surprisingly, there were a total of three locations in Mount Forest that served up “the best.”  The Spot Restaurant. Munro’s on Main. Misty Meadows Country Market.

There was Cara Mia Bakery of Warkworth and St. Anne’s Spa. There was also Doo Doo’s, which apparently has the “X-rated” tart line (see photo below).

And also there is a friendly cafe in Peterborough – the Cravings Bakery and Market.  Here pastry chef Heather Dickie who is following a recipe that has been passed down through the family. The filling secret originated with Heather’s great-grandmother Ann.

Go here to read the original 2014 article: 7 Best Butter Tarts in Ontario

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Butter Tarts – Plus

Take the classic butter tart recipe and give it a twist. This is precisely what pastry chefs did with this collection of mouth watering desserts. (Brace yourself for what you are about to see.) 

Butter Tart Cheesecakes 

S’more Tarts 

Brown Butter Tarts with Blackberries 

Butter Tart Muffins 

Butter Tart Cupcakes 

View more ideas and get all the sweet recipes from this Cottage Life article:

15 ways to reinvent the butter tart 

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Maple Butter Tart Pie Recipe

Take an iconic Canadian favourite treat like a butter tart, add in more Canadian maple flavour & make it as a full sized pie!  – from Rock Recipes 
Ingredients
For the Pastry 
  • 1 cup very cold butter cut into small cubes
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup ice water Only enough to make a dough form.
For the Filling
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup melted butter not margarine
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup raisins
Instructions
For the Pastry
  1. Sufficient for two 10 inch pie shells. (freeze the second one for later)
  2. Using a food processor or a pastry blender cut cold butter into flour and salt until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Small pieces of butter should still be visible.
  3. Pour cold water over the mixture and work in by tossing with a fork until dough begins to form. Use your hands as little as possible and work the dough as little as possible.
  4. Divide dough into 2 balls, flatten into 2 rounds, wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes. You can freeze the second round for another time.
  5. You can make your dough the previous day but make sure you take it out of the fridge for 10 minutes to warm slightly before rolling out.
  6. Roll the dough into a 12 – 14 inch round and place in the bottom of a 10 inch pie plate. Trim and flute the edges as desired.
For the Filling
  1. Whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, butter, maple syrup and corn syrup until the brown sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the raisins.
  3. Pour into the prepared pastry crust and bake at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes or until the middle is set but can still wobble bit.
  4. Cool completely before serving.

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Maple Butter Tart Liqueur

Marie Porter is a cookbook author and active blogger from Hamilton. She is the “Evil Cake Overlord, All -Around Kitchen Badass!” who produces the entertaining CelebrationGeneration.com.

This is Marie Porter’s recipe for Maple Butter Tart Liqueur.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dark Raisins
  • 2 Vanilla Beans
  • 3 Cups Decent Quality Vodka
  • 2 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar Packed
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Place raisins in a large, clean jar.
  2. Slice vanilla beans lengthwise, scoop the seeds out. Add beans and seeds to the jar, top with vodka, and shake well. Store in a cool, dark place for about 4-7 days, shaking daily.
  3. After a few days, taste. If the flavour is good and strong (it’ll likely be!), strain out raisins and vanilla, discard.* If you want more flavour, allow it to sit for another week or so, shaking daily.
  4. Combine brown sugar, maple syrup, and water in a pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat, allow to cool.
  5. Combine infused vodka with maple-brown sugar syrup, stirring or shaking well to combine. Bottle in clean wine or liqueur bottles.
  6. After bottling, you should let it age for about a week in a cool place before drinking it – IF you have that kind of patience! Aging results in a smoother, more mellow flavor.

Notes

Saving a few vodka raisins to place in the liqueur bottle makes for a cute presentation idea.

By George originally came by this recipe in The Toronto Sun: Butter Tarts Recipes for the Quintessentially Canadian Dessert.

Here is the source page on the Celebration Generation Blog: Maple Butter Tart Liqueur

Here is Marie Porter’s recipe for Maple Butter Tarts and Gluten-Free Butter Tarts

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Almonte and Pakenham Bakeries are “Must-Stops”

A mere 45 minutes from Parliament Hill, there two bakeries that are “must-stops” for the butter tart aficionado.

On the main street of Almonte, Baker Bob’s is a traditional bakery; when you walk through the door it is like stepping back in time. The wooden floor, the smells, the baker’s smile… AND THE BUTTER TARTS. (There is nothing quite like Bob’s tarts. Their insides are painfully sweet and verrrry running. It’s kinda like biting into sugary molten lava.)

The second bakery in Mississippi Mills is found on the main street of Pakenham. The Pakenham General Store has a wonderful air about it. The establishment is the oldest “continuously operating” general store in Canada.

It’s claim to fame is its sticky buns and its tarts. The ladies at the store bake everything fresh and produce a variety of tarts, including no-raisin, raisin, pecan — and maple tarts. These butter tarts have a more-solid inside so when you bite into one you are not licking the syrup off your chin.

(So, now you have two destinations for a wonderful countryside ride from the bustle of Ottawa.) 

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Wellington County Butter Tarts

Wellington County proclaims it is home to a provincially recognized Butter Tart Champion (?!). The County has excellent bakeries, farm markets and restaurants and it is actively promoting a ramble through the countryside to discover a “favourite butter tart.”

In Wellington County there are 13 stops that feature butter tarts. From Belwood Country Market to Strom’s Farm south of Guelph, there is a great map and wonderful write ups of the bakeries: Wellington County Butter Tarts.

Make a stop into Misty Meadows Market in Conn

Here is must-stop: Thatcher Farms Butcher Shop, Makery and Farm Market outside of Guelph

In previous years, Wellington County also has hosted an annual Butter Tarts and Buggies Tour. Check out this event – and let’s hope in the future it will resume.

And about the County’s claim of having the champion butter tart baker….

   “Helen Moffat has been entering (and winning) the butter tart competition at the Drayton Fair for 48 years. But this past fall, she decided to submit her prize-winning tarts to a new competition, which would make her eligible for the second annual provincial butter tart competition hosted by the OAAS (Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies). Moffat swept the competition at Drayton and then moved on to districts (there are 15 OAAS districts in Ontario) to face off against other local winners.’ In February 2019 she was crowned the grand champion of the OAAS for her butter tart recipe.”

   ‘She’s not revealing the secret to her prize-winning ways any time soon. Much to her family’s chagrin, she doesn’t have a recipe to pass down. “I eyeball it, I never measure anything. That’s just the way I’ve done it for years,” she says.’

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The (Infamous) Butter Tart Tour

Yes, you can find everything sweet and delicious on Ontario’s infamous Butter Tart Tour. For example, go ahead and order a decadent slice of butter tart pie from The Spot in Mount Forest.

Spread across the Kawartha Lakes — a scenic region of forests, hills and shining waterways about two hours northeast of Toronto — this tour spans the heart of the province’s cottage country. The Butter Tart Tour has grown to over 50 locations across Northumberland County, Peterborough County, the City of Peterborough, and Kawartha Lakes.

You can walk, bike and drive along four suggested routes — and you can even boat to 19 spots located along the Trent-Severn Waterway!

There is a resourceful website for your family and friends to plan your tour(s): Butter Tart Tour. You can find this tour on social media, including a Facebook Page: Kawarthas Butter Tart Tour.

The most recent 1st place winner of the tour’s annual taste off is The Pastry Peddler in Millbrook. Learn more about this delectable spot here: The Pastry Peddler

Also, if you are planning to head out on a trek along one of the routes, you will be interested to read an entertaining article written for the WestJet tourism magazine. Check out the photos in this piece: Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour

By George has declared July as “Butter Tart Month.” Here is a menu of our delectable articles on Canada’s iconic dessert.

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The Best Butter Tart Festival

The Best Butter Tart Festival is Canada’s original and largest butter tart festival. It is an annual event in Ontario’s butter tart heartland of Midland. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 festival was cancelled, however the date for next year’s fun is June 12, 2021.

At the inaugural festival in June 2013, the bakers sold out of the 10,000 butter tarts available for sale by 11 a.m.  The number of butter tarts available for sale is increasing each year. In the last few years there has been between 150,000 to 200,000 butter tarts available! In 2019, the festival had a record 65,000 butter tart lovers in attendance. Find out more information here: Best Butter Tart Festival

The reigning champion of the festival contest is from Alliston. The Carriage House Bakery was recognized as the “Best In Show” and the bakery won in the category “Traditional: Professional Bakers.” Read more on this victory: Alliston bakery wins best butter tart, business has never been sweeter

BTW – you can find recent news, photos and comments on the festival on the I Love Butter Tarts Facebook Page.

 

By George has declared July as “Butter Tart Month.” Here is a menu of our delectable articles on Canada’s iconic dessert.

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Butter Tart Daydreams II

This is another By George original digital art piece of our favourite  daydreams…

(Seriously, doesn’t looking at this make your mouth water and your teeth ache?)   

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The Bee Hive Corn Syrup Recipe

Beehive Corn Syrup had its own recipe for Butter Tarts on the back label of its golden product. Here it is in all its simplicity.

Ingredients 
2 eggs
1 Cup Beehive Corn Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Butter (melted)
1 teasp. Vanilla
1 Cup raisins (and I would soak them in water first for 1 hour to soften them)
24 3″ tart shells (or 48 mini shells)

Directions 
In a bowl beat eggs lightly with a fork
Add corn syrup, sugar, melted butter and vanilla
Stir until mixed
Spoon raisins into shells pour syrup mixture over the raisins two thirds full
Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes

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Bacon Butter Tarts

By George underlined for future reference one of the 26 butter tart creations found in The Great Canadian CookbookBacon Butter Tarts!  This is a must-bake.  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients 

Premade pastry, cut into 3 1/2-inch circles

5 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped

¼ cup soft butter

½ cup lightly packed brown sugar

1 cup corn syrup

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Directions 

1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.

2. Line 18 medium sized muffin tins with the pastry. Do not prick.

3. In bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Stir in corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Combine until just blended.

4. Arrange cooked bacon in the shells.

5. Spoon mixture into unbaked tart shells filling each to about 2/3 full.

6. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Do not allow filling to bubble over.

Prep time – 10 minutes; total time – 25 minutes; and, makes 18 servings.

The Food Network has a video to guide you through the baking process.

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Butter Tart Recipes from The Great Canadian Cookbook

By George has found the website for those who wish to venture beyond the traditional tart and make a butter tart creation. In The Great Canadian Cookbook there are 26 recipes from butter tart squares to pinwheels. There are tarts with pecans and chocolate and maple.

We saw coffee cake, cinnamon buns, and an interesting cheese cake recipe.

We also saw a baklava butter tart bake and a receipt for butter tart ice cream.

There’s everything – including a traditional Waterloo County Butter Tart recipe.

The cookbook introduces the butter tart section with the following description:

Known around the world as a uniquely Canadian dessert, butter tarts are one of the tastiest things to come out of the True North. Nothing beats the flaky pastry filled with a perfectly sticky-sweet centre. Whether you prefer them plain, studded with raisins or turned into a cheesecake, we’ve got 26 recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Enjoy reading through and baking these fun recipes!

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It’s the all-important question: raisins or no-raisins

By George is celebrating July as the “Butter Tart Month.”

We are having a sweet time, but there is one piece of serious business we wish to clear up with our followers. It’s the all-important question for all butter tart lovers:

“Does the ultimate butter tart contain raisins?”

Mid-way through our By George survey the results are inconclusive:

Raisin 47 %

No-Raisins 39%

Other 14%

(With respect to the “other” responses, some people said “both” or “neither” and some answered pecans or currants.)

If you have not done so already, please register your opinion by emailing us at chrisg.george@gmail.com or visit the By George Facebook page and leave us a message.

Here is a menu of our delectable articles on Canada’s iconic dessert.

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An apology for adding raisins

Canadians receive long-awaited apology from person who first added raisins to butter tarts

Pastry connoisseurs were shocked this morning when 98-year-old Rosie Vasco, the first person to publish a butter tart recipe that inexplicably called for raisins, issued a long-awaited public apology for desecrating one of Canada’s most beloved baked goods.

“My sincere apologies to anyone who has ever innocently bitten into a butter tart, unaware that it is filled with raisins,” Vasco said in a press conference from her nursing home. “I have spent my life haunted by guilt for the undue anguish my recipe has caused the bake sale community.”

The apology had special significance to Jeanie McLean, great-granddaughter of butter tart inventor Bertha McLean.

At her home in Barrie, Ontario, Jeanie flips through a scrapbook filled with pictures of butter tarts. She stops on a worn page from a 1942 issue of Chatelaine and her eyes instantly well with tears.

“This is it. The first published butter tart recipe to include raisins,” McLean says. “It’s hard for me to look at. Dad says it’s what sent Grannie to her grave.”

In 2000, the year the butter tart celebrated its centennial, McLean organized a petition calling for an apology from the author of Chatelaine‘s “tart sacrilege.”

More than 850,000 Canadians signed the petition, demanding reparations for the damage the highly controversial dried fruit had caused to the reputation of the nationally acclaimed dessert.

One of the signatories was Gordie Beynon, then 29, who says his father’s homemade butter tarts used to be his favourite treat.

“While visiting Dad in the hospital, I noticed the cafeteria sold butter tarts. I bought one thinking it would comfort him,” Beynon said. “He took one bite, whispered ‘RAISINS,’ and slipped into a coma he never came out of.”

Beynon added, “To be fair, “Raisins” was also the name of his beloved childhood toboggan, so I’m not sure what he meant.”

Vasco said it took her 17 years to respond to the petition due to a constant stream of threats.

“People have called me a grape murderer. They’ve mailed me Glosette Raisins boxes filled with chocolate-covered flies,” she said. “In 1987 someone broke into my house and left a beheaded California Raisins doll in my bed. They weren’t sure where its neck started, so they just left its arms and legs.”

Vasco says she’s apologizing now to “make amends with God.”

“My pastor told me raisins are the husks of grapes who have gone to hell.”

However, McLean says forgiveness will take time.

“I’m still too scared to buy unmarked tarts at farmers markets. I will not rest until every tart is pure and safe.”

(Yes, this is Canadian humour written by Laura Salvas and published by CBC Comedy. Go to the original post here.)

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An Award-Winning Butter Tart Recipe

“Butter tarts are a Canadian tradition. Waaaay back in the 1970s, a national contest here in Canada concluded that these butter tarts, originating from Wilkie’s Bakery in Orillia, Ontario, were the best. I certainly think so and it’s the only recipe I use. Add a sprinkle of toasted walnuts when you add the raisins, if you wish, or use only walnuts if you don’t like raisins.”

Lennie L as posted on Food.com

INGREDIENTS

pie pastry (enough to fill 16 muffin cups, your own or from a mix)

½ cup cup raisins

1⁄4 cup soft butter

1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar

1 pinch salt

1⁄2 cup corn syrup

1 egg, lightly beaten

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

DIRECTIONS

Prepare muffin pans by rolling out pie dough and cutting 4-inch (approx) circles; fit dough circles into muffin cups; set aside in fridge until ready to fill.

In a small bowl, place raisins and cover with hot tap water; let stand on the counter for 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together the soft butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup; stir well until sugar is dissolved and butter is creamed.

Add egg and vanilla and mix well.

Drain raisins.

Retrieve tart shells and divide raisins equally into all shells; then divide butter mixture into all tarts.

Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes; filling will be lightly browned but still bubbling.

Canadians fall into two camps about butter tarts and are quite loyal to their favourite type: runny or firm.

I like runny– the type that dribbles when you bite into one; if you like firm, bake them for the full 20 minutes, even adding another minute or two if you wish.

Let cooked butter tarts cool in pans for 10 minutes after removing from oven; then remove and place on racks until completely cool.

Serves 16

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