Welcome to Kingston, Ontario
The city of Kingston has got to be one of our favourite cities in Ontario to visit. We absolutely love spending time in this beautiful and historic city. Located about halfway between Toronto and Montreal, just off the 401 highway, Kingston is such an easy place to make a stop on the way or to go to for a perfect weekend getaway.
The city located right on Lake Ontario at the mouth of the St Lawrence River, which was once (and briefly) the Capital of Canada became an important strategic military location. Old Fort Henry is one of the city’s top tourist attractions to this day. Many of the buildings around town were constructed using local limestone, which provided her with the Limestone City’s nickname.
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With one of the most vibrant and exciting downtown cores in any city of comparable size, there is plenty of activity to keep you busy during your stay. Enjoy the views of the water and the natural beauty of the area while you do some shopping. Or stop for a bite to eat at one of the many amazing restaurants in town that make Kingston a top culinary destination.
Take in the sites, the historic buildings, the architecture, and the waterfront parks that make Kingston such an excellent tourist destination. If you love a good ghost story or tales from Canada’s rich historical past, a walking tour is a perfect way to experience and learn about Kingston.
These are just some of the things that keep us coming back time and time again. When it comes time to take a vacation – we look for destinations with plenty of history, scenery, arts, culture, offbeat attractions, and outdoor adventures, and Kingston has it all.
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Bread and Butter Bakery
We first learned of Bread and Butter bakery when we were on our way home from one of our many road trips to Nova Scotia. We stopped into town for a break from the road and to enjoy a nice lunch. While we were there, I did a quick google search for butter tarts, and Bread and Butter Bakery was the top search result. So, on our way out of town, we stopped in to see what they had to offer for our butter tart quest.
The Butter Tarts
The pastry is very light, flaky, and evenly baked. The flavour is delicious and does not overpower the taste of the tart. It is thick enough to hold the filling in while you are eating it, but not overly thick. There is a hint of a salty taste which is an excellent addition to the complexity of the flavours. It is somewhat crumbly, and there is a slight oiliness to the pastry.
The filling is a nice smooth, rich, buttery consistency that is really sweet but not too much. The filling has a little ooze but not overly runny. There is a nice crisp brule on top, and there is no sugary crystallization on the bottom of the crust. If you prefer your butter tarts with raisins, there are plenty of raisins in their tarts. However, for someone (like me) who doesn’t like raisins – the flavour is not at all overwhelming. The presence of raisins is outweighed by the deliciousness and enjoyment of the butter tart.
This is a decent crust to filling ratio. The filling comes up to about 2/3 the way up the crust. Although the crust is a bit thick, you still get a good amount of filling and a slight amount of pastry in every bite.
These butter tarts are a delicious tart that satisfies even the harshest critic. The flavours of the filling and the crust were both light and subtle and tasty. The mouthfeel when eating these tarts is deliciously gooey, rich, luscious, and decadent. You will also be able to enjoy these tarts on the go, but be sure you have some napkins on hand, just in case.
Beyond the Butter Tart:
Bread and Butter Bakeshop makes so many varieties of other baked goods, including bread, loaves, muffins, scones, croissants, cupcakes, squares, pies, other tarts, and so much more. The first time we visited, we found ourselves buying so many treats, we couldn’t decide what to try. They had a lemon blueberry cinnamon bun that was calling to us, and it did not disappoint. The cupcakes are fabulous – so pretty and full of flavour.
If you love almond croissants as much as I do – you need to try them at Bread & Butter. My love of almost croissants began over 20 years ago, when I was working in a bakeshop cafe in Toronto, that specialized in french croissants. I have been looking for really good ones ever since. Most that I have tried have been very dry, overbaked, and unimpressive. However, at Bread and Butter Bakery they are sheer perfection. They are exactly what I have been looking for.
You will love coming to this bakeshop when you visit Kingston, ON.
All of the baked goods at Bread and Butter Bakery are made fresh from scratch daily, using quality ingredients, and with a whole lot of love. Every single item we have tried has been absolutely fantastic. So, whether you are looking for a road trip snack, dessert for the evening or you are on the hunt for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, whatever you are craving, Bread & Butter Bakery is the place to go.
Ever since this first visit, whenever we are on a road trip that passed through Kingston, we always make it a priority to stop into Bread and Butter Bakery. We have already started planning for the next time to get out for a RogueTrip and head back to Kingston. It will be one of our first post-pandemic road trips.
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*note: All butter tart reviews are our opinions only, based on our experiences and personal preferences. Your experiences and opinions may vary.
If you know of a great bakery making what you think are Ontario’s best butter tarts, we would love to hear from you. Let us know about them, so we can plan a future road trip to check them out, and include them in our #ButterTartQuest. Contact Roguetrippers with your suggestions.