Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Truly Canadian - Butter Tarts

butter tarts
Homemade Butter Tarts
June 24, 2009

Butter tarts are a uniquely Canadian delightful treat! They were a staple in pioneer Canadian cooking and are considered one of the few recipes of genuinely Canadian origin. The sweet sticky filling is tucked into a flaky pastry crust. One of the earliest recipes for butter tarts is from northern Ontario. This recipe dates back to 1915. However, Sir John A McDonald (1815 - 1891), Canada's first Prime Minister was quite fond of butter tarts so this delicious treat dates back much earlier than the 1915 date.

Homemade butter tarts are common at bake sales, farmer's markets, bakeries and smaller family operated restaurants. Commercially made butter tarts are available in most grocery and variety stores. I made a dozen butter tarts (pictured) this week using the recipe in Kate Aitken's Canadian Cookbook, 1965 (recipe here). They did not last long!


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