Hours until Thanksgiving weekend:
Friday and Saturday
10am - 5pm
10am - 3pm
We look forward to your visit

1035 Koshlong Lake Road
Haliburton, Ontario
K0M 1S0

We are located just 8km south of Haliburton off of Gelert Road (That's only a ten minute drive from downtown!) or follow the Rail Trail.

Here at The Little Tart all of our baked goods are created from scratch and made by hand fresh daily the way home baking should be.

We take pride in everything we do from our baking to our friendly and courteous customer service. All of our recipes are tried and retried until they are our absolute best.

Visit us at The Little Tart and fall in love at first bite!

Making mouths water since 2009.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Summer Season Finale

Well, that concludes our summer season. It was certainly a busy one. As a matter of fact, this was our busiest summer so far and we are grateful to everyone The Little Tart a part of their summer, cottage country tradition. Thank you.

We are going to catch our breath and will open again on Friday September 5th with new fall hours.

We hope you had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you this fall!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labour Day Long Weekend Hours

It is the last long weekend of summer.
We'll be here! We hope you will be too!

Labour Day at The Little Tart, Haliburton, Ontario

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Patty Cake - Inaccurate and Misleading

The Little Tart pastry shop
As promised in a previous post, here is my take on the seemingly innocent children's rhyme "Patty Cake" and why I believe it is inaccurate and misleading.

Patty cake, patty cake, baker man.

I'm already offended.

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

Do you want it good? Or do you want it fast?
Because if you want it fast you can just mosey on down to the local grocery store and pick yourself up a package of Betty What-a-crock fake mix. Oh, and don't forget your plastic air tight container of oil based, preservative infused frosting. Nummy! (Buttercream my apple crumble.)

Where was I?

Roll it and pat it…

Hold on. Are we talking cake or pie here?

You roll and pat a pie.
You mix and pour a cake.
Mark it with a "B"

Script costs extra.

And put it in the oven for baby and me.

You should not feed baked goods to your baby. It's irresponsible and bad parenting.

Now. May I suggest my own original lyrics.

Make a pie.
Bake a pie.
Sweet delight!
Early in the morning,
'Til late at night.
Measure it.
Mix it.
All from scratch.

Num num,
Another bite
Down the hatch!
                       - Terri Ross

In a future post I would like to discuss "Sing a Song of Sixpence" (Oh the carnage!)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

So Good You'll Goo Yourself

It happens in the parking lot.
It happens on the front deck.
It happens in the store.

You told us about it. We gave it a name.

So Good You'll Goo Yourself

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Two Bakers, One Oven

We are now in the heart of summer and I would like to address a question we are asked quite frequently this year.

"Will you have this item on this day?"

Our response: "We don't know." And here's why.

The Little Tart is not your typical pastry shop. We have two bakers, one oven. Nothing we do comes from a bucket, package, or a can. It is not premade, par-baked (I didn't even know ...that was a term until recently) or pre-baked. From crust to crumble, it is all from scratch. We prep every day, all day, and we bake every morning. Quality and customer service is our number one priority.

Because we are a drive-to business, we realize most of our customers are coming from a distance. Some of you have driven anywhere from ten minutes, to an hour and a half out of your way to visit our little store. We are not only appreciative, but grateful and that is why we would never want to misinform you. We do our best not to disappoint.

Until an item is fully baked, cooled, and on the shelf, there when you come through the door, we can not say we will have it. finally, here's why:

Anything can happen:

We plan for the day, but just couldn't work it in.
We ran out of that one ingredient to finish.
The power went out.
The oven died. (I know, eh?)
We have to learn to use our new oven because no two ovens bake the same. (Every baking time and temperature is now different.)
And finally, (and this has happened, more than once I'm sad to say), we made it, it baked perfectly, but on the way to the shelf, one of us dropped it. (Have you ever seen a baker cry? Poor Bill.)

Anyhoo, it's a long winded explanation, but it's the best one we have. We hope you understand. We truly are doing our best to keep the store stocked and hope you find something here you enjoy.

In my next post, I will address that cute children's game "Patty Cake", why it is misleading, inaccurate and why we should stop teaching it to our children!

Have a great day!


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Our Recipe for Stealing a Bit of Summer

Home Made Ice Coffee
Bill and I loving refer to this time of the year as, "lock down". Operating The Little Tart seven days a week leaves little time for "summer" and so we have to sneak it in here and there when we can. Our day often begins somewhere between 4am - 5am (depending on the day's menu) and ends anywhere from 9pm - 12am (depending on the next day's menu). The work goes on even when The Little Tart is closed and so it's nice, when we can, to take a fifteen minute break, sit on the back deck, and soak up some vitamin D.

This afternoon we closed the doors, looked at the mess, the dishes, and the amount of prep remaining as we head into this busy Canada Day weekend and decided to indulge in a pick-me-up glass of home made iced coffee.

What I like about making our own ice coffee is knowing what's in it and it's so easy (not to mention tasty) I want to share it with you.

Now keep in mind this recipe can be tweaked and twisted and turned into whatever tickles your taste buds. We like to taste the coffee in our iced coffee and so we use a dark roast instant coffee. The amount of sugar might seem a little much, but trust me, it's not overly sweet. And by all means, try whatever dairy (or non dairy) works for you. I happened to have 35% cream in the house.

So, whether you're lazing on a deck chair on the dock, or, if you're like us, just trying to steal a bit of summer, enjoy! 

Ice Coffee

1/4 cup boiling water
2 tbsp. instant coffee (more or less, depending on taste)
2 tbsp. sugar (more or less depending on taste)
1/4 cup cream (10%, 35%, your choice)
3/4 milk (1%, 2%, soya, almond, your choice)
4 or 5 ice cubes

Add the instant coffee and sugar to boiling water and stir until all melted. Add cream and milk. Stir. Pour over ice. Add straw. Enjoy!