Sadly the ongoing 'internationalisation' of Metro Vancouver means losing access to culinary icons like the aforementioned Butter Tart-a joyous confection found across Canada. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_tart
This past summer I found exactly one bakery offering Butter Tarts in Metro Vancouver- Steveston Bakery in you-know-where.
A decent representation of the genre-let's say workmanlike-filling unremarkable the pastry suffering from having been frozen (a common issue). http://www.stevestonbakery.com/
Having spent some time along the Sea to Sky of late put me in range of a number of BT variations.
First the wonderful Sunflower Cafe & Bakery on Cleveland St in downtown Squamish-a classic version with little filling here the crust is the star and shine it does. http://www.sunflowerbakerycafe.com/
Out on Highway 99 the coffee bar @ the Squamish Adventure Centre has some BT's of distinction the closest I found to what my Mom used to make-pastry again suffering from having been frozen but the filling is divine. http://www.adventurecentre.ca/
A dark horse in the Squamish area is Golden Crust- a bakery that seems to specialise in pies of various combinations & configurations-quite tasty pies too they're located in the industrial part of Squamish. Have yet to visit the store I've only ever encountered them @ the Farmer's Market am looking forward to seeing their complete lineup later this month or early November.
Anyway they have two BT variations one with nuts (pecans?) and another with raisins and the raisin stuffed one a Winner best I've had in ages-why did I only buy one? http://www.goldencrust.ca/
Last-as you no doubt suspected-is the Grand Old Man of Sea to Sky bakeries Pure Bread in Whistler's Function Junction.Leaving aside all their other offerings the BT @ PB is like some versions all about the crust-a large tart with superb if non traditional filling almost a glaze on the pastry well worth searching out.
If anyone else has a Butter Tart encounter they'd like to share I'm sure we'd all love to hear about it.
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