Butter ’em Up

How I educated a house full of Americans on the pleasures of a Canadian Butter Tart.

While attending an “International Potluck” with a local Meetup group this evening, my sister’s amazing butter tart recipe single-handedly increased Canada’s fan-base by 27 people.  Of course, there is always the chance that they thought I was an obnoxious loonie and thus, their perception of Canada quickly returned to where it was when they first walked in (or worse!).

Sorry Canada…I’ll try harder next time.

But in the land of potluck, I’m not the only who has to worry about first-time impressions and unfortunately, Butter Tarts, with their sloppy and unassuming presentation, don’t exactly jump off the buffet table. That is, until someone braves one and either A) sits there quietly as to not attract any attention while they devour the entire batch or B) shares the good news with the rest of the party and everyone does the butter tart dance (imagine their surprise when they got home tonight and Googled “butter tart dance” only to find out we Canadians are pretty good liars, too).

Butter Tart Squares

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup flour
2 tbsp brown sugar

Using a food processor or a fork, mix the base ingredients together.
Press into a buttered 9×9 pan and bake at 350F for 15 minutes.

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup oatmeal
1 cup raisins
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all filling ingredients together. Scrape filling out onto baked base.
Bake at 350F for another 20 minutes.


With simple ingredients and dead-easy instructions, the return on investment is at an all-time high with these Canadian beauties. Leaving you plenty of time to perfect that dance.

Domestically Yours,

Natasha Kay

3 thoughts on “Butter ’em Up

  1. Vanessa says:

    The butter tart recipe strikes again! lynnette made these for last years cookie exchange and they were a huge hit! I love how the oatmeal creates a chewy texture and cuts the sweetness a bit compared to the traditional recipe. Mmmmmm…

  2. Shannon says:

    Personally, I don’t really care how awful they look…but I very much would like to see pictures of your stuffs. I think doing that would add a nice punctuation to your already wonderful blog entry


    • Natasha says:

      I know, I know! I wanted to get the blog posted asap because the ladies at the potluck wanted the recipe but I didn’t get a photo before they were all eaten! Plus, it was already my second batch of the week (Tim and I devoured the first batch that didn’t turn out when I tried to make them in mini-muffin tins…stupid idea) so the thought of making another batch for us to consume wasn’t sitting well with me (or my arse). And I *hate* ripping other people’s photos for my blog. So there’s my long-winded excuses!! 🙂

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