We will be OPEN for Christmas!
December 23rd and 24th
10am - 4pm
We'll 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.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Open for Christmas!


Since Thanksgiving weekend we have been asked a number of times if we will be opening for Christmas this year. We did open a couple of years ago and a couple of years before that, but had no intention of opening this year. In fact, we had begun making plans to visit family in Toronto until yesterday when we received another enthusiastic inquiry that got us to thinking and that got us to talking and that got us to deciding we will be open this year for Christmas!

We walked and talked this out today because the fact is, there is just over a month to Christmas and we have some planning to do.

We're testing the waters again and so we'll keep it short and sweet. We've decided to open December 23rd and 24th. That way your Christmas treats will be their freshest. There will be an open sign on the road.

We're going to get working on a menu which will include some of our standbys and some Christmas fare. We will not be taking orders for two reasons; 1) The menu won't be written in stone. It could change as we get closer to opening. It could change the day of. 2) Winter in Haliburton is very unpredictable and as we always tell our family; everything is weather permitting; plans change.

The tunes will be playing, the baked goods will be fresh, and the coffee will be on us! If you plan to celebrate Christmas in the Haliburton Highlands, we hope you'll make The Little Tart a part of your festivities.

To make this opening a successful one, please help us spread the word!

The more the merrier!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Something's in the Wood Pile

Caterpillar of the species swallowtail butterfly.
So we were stacking wood and Bill came across this little critter.
It's a cutie isn't it?

Now, I could be wrong and if someone knows different please let me know, but after some online research it turns out this is a caterpillar and it is one of the species of swallowtail butterfly (possibly the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail). If you google that you'll see they are beautiful and we have seen them here.

What's neat about this caterpillar is the markings that look like eyes, aren't. Those markings are part of its defence mechanism. The head is actually just beneath what looks like it's head.
Anyhoo, we thought it was very cool and I wanted to share it with you.
Nature, eh?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Thank You for a Fabulous Season!

It has been such a wild ride this year. We have been absolutely overwhelmed time and time again by the outpouring of kindness and support we and our tiny pastry shop have received. This Thanksgiving, Bill and I are truly thankful for everyone who has helped us make this year a huge success; whether you have visited us here at the store or have simply told someone about The Little Tart, you keep our little mom and pop shop alive and thriving. We are so very grateful!

I hate good-byes so let's not do that.
Instead I'll just say we are sold out and now closed. We will open again in the spring!

Saturday, October 10, 2015


Would you care to see The Little Tart's striptease?
She's sugar and spice and everything nice.

We call her Pumpkin Pie!

The Little Tart's Striptease!

Friday, October 2, 2015

2015 Haliburton County Studio Tour

The Little Tart puts the art in tart!
Travelling the country roads of the Haliburton Highlands at this time of year is like driving in a post card; the landscape explodes with colour and those of us fortunate enough to experience a cottage country autumn know exactly what I mean! It is breathtaking and if you're an artist, it's inspiring.
Tomorrow is the first day of the 2015 Haliburton County Studio Tour. (Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm, this weekend and next.) The tour is not only a great opportunity to vi...sit the working studios of some very talented artists, but as you travel from one studio to the next, it is an opportunity to take in the stunning landscape in all its autumn splendor!
Bill and I are both artists. Bill paints and sketches and I work in a variety of mediums (from needlework to sculpting) . It keeps us out of trouble during the off season. As much as The Little Tart is an artisan pastry shop, we have always considered our little store a working studio; we use raw materials to create edible works of tart paying careful attention to detail.
Having said that, whether you're following the studio tour or simply exploring the county to take in the scenery, we hope during your travels, you'll consider visiting our little corner of the highlands!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

It's Complicated

Last night Bill and I watched a movie called "It's Complicated". If you haven't seen this movie, it's a romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin. All in all, a pretty good movie; it was funny, it was romantic, it was misleading!!!

Meryl Steep's character owns a bakery. It's nice bakery. It's a big, fancy shmancy bakery with all the bells and whistles; it's a baker's dream, but for yours truly, I'm sorry to say…
… the dream was a sham. A big ole' blemish on the frosted face of baking.

Okay, so, stuff happens, yadda, yadda, until Meryl Streep and Steven Martin have smoked a joint before attending a party so, of course, they're hungry. Guess where they end up? That's all well and fine. Wouldn’t you? (Some of you have - wink, wink!) Hey, we're not complaining! Potheads make awesome customers for a business like ours!

Anyhoo, it's now the middle of the night and Meryl Streep and Steven Martin are inside the bakery and… WHOA!!!

Look at all those cakes, and cupcakes, and baked goods; decorated and piled high in the middle of the store. That stuff isn't fresh baked! Seriously, what preservatives have to be in that cake mix and frosting for it to just be sitting out all night? Do her customers know they could be purchasing day old cake? Who knows how many days old it might be? Those shelves should be empty!

I'll move on…

Meryl Streep offers to make Steve Martin anything he wants, even if it's not on the menu.
First of all, if it's not on the menu, how do you know you have all the ingredients? Say you walked in to The Little Tart after smoking a big fatty (I heard that reference in a movie once - for real.) and you ask me to make - oh, let's say - one of our delicious light and fluffy pumpkin pies. Well, I would say, "I'm sorry, but I cannot do that for you right now because I do not have the ingredients on hand, however, if you know you'll be in the Haliburton Highlands or surrounding area for Thanksgiving you might consider ordering one, but do so soon because orders have already started coming in."

Fortunately Steve Martin orders something from the menu; warm chocolate croissants. True to her word, Meryl Streep gets to work. Now, if you have never made the puff pastry needed for croissants, let me tell you, it's a LOT of work. There's a lot of rolling, and chilling, and rolling, and chilling. It is a process and it takes hours! But not for Meryl Streep. She starts off with this pre-made square of dough, gives it a quick roll with a rolling pin then runs it through a very nice, very shiny, rolling machine because, I guess, a rolling pin takes too much effort. I mean, you've probably ordered that dough pre-made off a truck, why over exert yourself?

You can do that you know? We don't. But you can! You can order pre-made, or frozen, or even par baked (that's right, that is a bakery term we learned a couple of years ago. It means the item will arrive partially baked and you just stick it in the oven and finish it.) You don't even have to know how to make the dough. You don't even have to know how to bake!
"Hey, it might be fun to open a bakery and I'll just order everything off a truck, stick it in the oven and call it fresh baked!



It's obvious to me "It's Complicated" wasn't referring to the baking.

Ahem. Where was I?

So, after very little effort (I won't even get in to the fact that they didn't let the croissants proof before sticking them in the oven.) Meryl Streep and Steven Martin sit down to warm chocolate croissants. And there's some kissing and stuff.

Oh wait a minute… even… if it's not… on the menu… I get it now!

Dirty girl.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Autumn Marks its Territory

A Rainy Sunday in the Haliburton Highlands
Okay, so it's a little grey, a little cold, a little rainy. But you know what? It's alright because what we are witnessing is simply autumn marking its territory. We see this push and shove between summer and autumn play out every year; autumn is ready to move in but summer isn't ready to leave. It's like watching a rerun of a sports event. You already know how it's going to end, but it's still exciting to watch.

One of the things I love about living here in the Haliburton highlands is watching the seasons change because it is so dramatic. Summer will strive to hold on; clear blue skies, blazing sunshine sparkling on clear lakes while soft breezes tickle the vast and variant greenery. But autumn has something so endearing, so magnificent; we forgive its impetuous damp and drizzle because it delights us with a dazzling display, painting our landscape in striking hues of amber and crimson. Autumn is an artist!

 Of course winter eventually gets tired of watching all this push and shove and sends in its minion clouds to drop a big heap of snow everywhere. And that's kind of cool too. Cool and cold and white and cold, and then it gets colder, and it just keeps getting colder, nipping at anything not covered by three layers of heavy winter clothing. It is still and white as far as the eye can see, the car is buried, it doesn't want to start, and the dog doesn't car how cold it is, he has to go… right now! Get out the shovel because that's the only way anyone is going anywhere today.

Suddenly this grey, rainy doesn't seem so bad, does it?