We are closed for the season, but opening soon!
Check back for new posts and hours!
Our 2015 season begins Easter Weekend!
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.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Opening Easter Weekend!

In my eagerness to open, I had announced we will be opening Easter Weekend before I checked to see what weekend Easter fell on this year. Nonetheless, we will be opening Easter Weekend (next weekend) and if you are in or around the Haliburton Highlands we hope you'll pay us a visit!
Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Cross Legged and Yoga Posed

It has been a busy week. The Little Tart may be a tiny store, but there's always lots to do to prepare to open.

Every year we try to update the names of our products or create new slogans and sayings for our product cards. I know I've said it before (it's good to know before you get here) that Bill and I have a - what's the word? - bizzare? strange? weird? (All of the above.) sense of humor and we have a lot of fun coming up with some of the things we put on our product cards.... I guess you could say it's another way we get "jazzed up" (That's right, I gots the lingo because I'm hip with the kids today.) and excited about opening.

Hey, we may be middle aged, but we are immature.

Needless to say, we don't put "everything" we come up with on our product cards and I wont post examples, but we are aware that we sometimes push the limits. Here's the thing - as much as we want you to enjoy our baked goods (and we really want you to enjoy our baked goods), whether we're a part of your cottage country traditions or you just happened upon us while passing through, we want your visit to our store (which is also our home) to be a memorable experience that lasts long after the treats are gone.

Having said all that, let me add, that while we were working and creating our new product cards, and we were both trying to outdo one another, I was cross-legged and yoga posed. (I'm claiming that phrase, and trust me, if you're middle aged and menopausal - it's a thing.) Word.

The countdown continues...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

We're All About the Tarts!

The countdown is on here at The Little Tart as we get ready to launch our 2015 season. Bill is busy putting a fresh coat of paint on the store and I am going to tempt your taste buds.
We are only two weeks away from opening day and we hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's in a Name?

The Little Tart - Haliburton, Ontario 
When you're name is The Little Tart there's the double entendre and that, my friends, was not by accident.

Bill and I have often talked about what The Little Tart might look like and what you see is what we came up with. She's a little sweet treat "all that and a butter tart", but you wont be seeing her behind the counter (sorry fellas!).

It's always funny to see and hear a new customer's reaction when they walk into The Little Tart and find Bill behind the counter.

We're starting to look toward opening day which falls on Easter Weekend so please check back for future posts (I know I've neglected this blog a bit lately. I'll work on that.) and hours of operation.

We'll look forward to seeing you again as we kick off our 2015 season!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Recipe for Three Ingredient Gluten Free Pancakes

We don't specialize in gluten free baking, but I do like coming across recipes that are naturally gluten free; no special flour, no special ingredients. Now, I was skeptical about these gluten free pancakes, but they turned out and tasted quite good.

This recipe will make approximately eight 3 inch pancakes (any bigger and they're difficult to flip). I don't recommend doubling the recipe. They're quick to mix up so if you need more, while one batch is cooking, prepare another.

2 bananas
2 eggs
1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Mash bananas until chunky.

Beat two eggs in a separate bowl.

Add baking powder and eggs to bananas and mix.

Pour 3 inch circles onto well greased (we used butter) hot grill or pan.

When the baking powder has activated (pancakes will fluff slightly)
 flip and let cook until golden.

Ta da!
 Top with fruit, syrup, or dust with icing sugar.
It's up to you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Season Finale

Here's a truth. I didn't want to open The Little Tart this year. Two weeks after my mother passed away I was looking at real estate in Vancouver and Nova Scotia. I wanted to move as far away from Haliburton as possible. 

Bill and I tell people it was our dream to move here, and it was. But we moved here three and a half years before we intended because my mother required 24 hour care and we needed a house in a place that would make it feasible to care for her.  Until February of this year, all of the eight years we have lived here has been about taking care of my mother and running the business - in that order. There's a hole in my heart and this beautiful place we live in, for me, has represented Alzheimer's and loss.

 And now that I've bummed you out, let me quickly brighten things up.
I'm so very glad we opened this year. I'm so very glad we stayed. This spring, summer, and fall has been quite the wild ride. Besides the summer that wasn't (due to unseasonable weather) our stove broke down, our car broke down, and our roof is, yet, still unfinished. Panic? Yes, I think I will, thank you. But also laugh because it's life and sh - stuff happens and through it all we discovered the kindness and caring that surrounds us here. Offers of help and support and kind words of encouragement overwhelmed us through all of this year's ups and downs.

We have made so many friends and met so many wonderful people and we certainly have no intention of abandoning everyone who has kept us here and helped us grow this tiny little pastry shop in the middle of nowhere. We know you've been spreading the word far and wide so we'll be sticking around!  

We have been asked if we will be opening this winter. The answer, I'm sorry to say, is no. Not this year. Three months after we were married, Bill and I went from being a couple, to being a couple of caregivers. We're going to start our time off with some R&R (and in our case that means "roof repair"). We have a couple of big jobs around the house we want to take care of, some personal "stuff" to take care of, and we need some time to just breathe.
Having said all of that, I cannot end the season without saying thank you once again for your support, your patronage, and for giving us an absolutely amazing (sometimes entertaining, puzzling, and downright bizarre) year. You kept us hopping and run off our feet and even when it sucked - it didn't. We can't say it enough and we mean it whole heartedly - our customers are the very best in the world. Bill and I are grateful for each and every one of you.

Thank you for another wonderful season!