Butter tart quest:

a Sweet excuse to take a day trip

Culinary tours are a popular way to spend a day, and there are areas where you can spend days road tripping on a butter tart tour, which we highly recommend, by the way. However, we think you will also enjoy this shorter ‘mini butter tart tour’ that you can easily do in one afternoon from the west end of Hamilton, Ontario into the surrounding farming communities of Hamilton Wentworth county.

So, if you are looking for a fun (and sweet) way to spend the day, take the family on a day trip through Hamilton Wentworth County. In this short drive – about twenty minutes from end to end – you can check out some fantastic bakeries, serving up delicious baked goods, made the old-fashioned way. Be sure to have a freezer bag or a cooler in your vehicle for all of the delicious items you pick up along the way for your own buttertart quest.

Fill your car with the aroma of delicious freshly-baked goodness from these four bakeries:

Weil’s Bakery of Westdale

981 King Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1K9

Stop # 1 in our Hamilton Wentworth (mini) butter tart tour is Weil’s Bakery a fixture in the Hamilton food scene. With phrases like artisanal, real food, and old-fashioned being very trendy right now, this has been the way Wiel’s Bakery has been since they were opened in 1903. For over a century, they have been providing the people of Hamilton Wentworth with quality baked goods made from scratch with only the finest ingredients.
If a loaf of fresh-baked bread is what you seek, or a fancy cake for a special occasion, Weil’s Bakery in Westdale has you covered. They also have a fantastic selection of pies, cakes, squares, cookies, and pastries to satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. Their doughnuts are delicious little bites of heaven, and customer’s flock to Weil’s early to get them before they sell out. As the seasons change, so do the doughnut flavour options, which will keep you coming back time and time again.

The Butter Tarts:

And of course, there are the butter tarts. They offer a variety of flavour options for their butter tarts, including plain, raisin, pecan, coconut, Skor, chocolate, and others.
These are a small, cute little butter tart with a very hand-made from-scratch appearance. The pastry is thin, light, flaky, and evenly baked. The flavour of the crust does not detract or overpower the overall character of the tart. The filling on this butter tart is a dark golden-brown caramel colour. It has the consistency, taste, and texture of caramel. If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, and a butter tart is what you crave, this one delivers. It has a thick filling that is very sweet and sticky with a little chewiness. The crust to filling ratio is on point; you get a bit of pastry and filling in every bite.
Overall, I found this butter tart to be tasty, although a little too sweet for me. I found it has more of a caramelized syrup flavour than butter tart flavour. It is still a delicious sweet treat.

Beyond the Butter Tart:

Their cinnamon buns and doughnuts are amazing. They are very popular items with the locals who have been visiting this bakery in the Westdale area of Hamilton for years. They sell out fast, so go early. Whether you are looking for sweets for a party, bread for dinner, or a mid-afternoon treat for yourself, Weil’s Bakery is the place to go.

The Village Bakery

104 King St. West
Dundas, Ontario L9H 0B4

The second stop on our Hamilton Wentworth area (mini) butter tart tour is the Village Bakery in Dundas. Just a few minutes’ drive from Weil’s Bakery, is the village of Dundas, Ontario. This quaint little town is so picturesque that it is frequently used as the setting for many of those Hallmark Channel movies that you love so much. You know you do.

In the heart of town, there is an old historic church, which has been converted into retail space for several businesses. Inside, you will find the Village Bakery. The first time we went looking for this bakery, we had difficulty because, at the address we had, all we saw was the church. There is very little signage to make it clear what is inside. Trust us; there is a bakery in there.
With a display case packed with so many gorgeous baked goods, it will be hard to choose what to take home. They have beautifully decorated cookies in a variety of images/shapes. There are so many varieties of delicious squares – including Nanaimo, peanut butter chocolate, and lemon squares (these were amazing). Regardless of what you might be craving for your sweet tooth – they will have something to satisfy – cinnamon buns, cupcakes, cookies, pies, and tarts. They also have fresh-baked bread, quiches, and other savoury menu items to enjoy in their cafe, or to take home.

The Butter Tarts:

The butter tarts are the reason we sought out the Village Bakery in Dundas. When we arrived, they were low on inventory, but we were able to score some pecan butter tarts.
This is one beautiful butter tart. It is evenly baked with a light golden colour and has a pretty little scalloped edge and two pecan halves on top for a beautiful presentation. The pasty is thick, with very flaky layers, and has a lovely light texture with a buttery flavour. It is perfectly cooked, without being dry, oily, crumbly, or damp.
The filling on this butter tart is very buttery and sweet. The consistency is a bit gelatinous, which is due to the all-butter mixture. There is no ooze factor to the filling, so it will be easy to eat the butter tart as you walk through the village of Dundas, without making a mess.

Beyond the Butter Tart:

If you know someone who could use a pick-me-up, why not do a random act of kindness and get them a box of sweets from the Village Bakery in Dundas, Ontario.

The Tiny Shop Bakery

969-1001 ON-5
Dundas, ON L9H 5E2

The third stop on our mini-butter tart tour through Hamilton Wentworth is the Tiny Shop Bakery in Dundas. The building is a tiny red cottage on Hwy 5. Located just 8 minutes away from the village of Dundas, it is very close to the Flamborough Downs Casino. The Tiny Bakeshop may be small in size. Still, what they lack in space, they make up for in their options and flavours of their baked goods. Every ounce of space is well-utilized to display their many varieties of pies, cookies, squares, condiments, cakes, and tarts. They always have a vast selection of cookies, squares, tarts, muffins, scones, and many flavours of amazing fruit pies. Here, you will find quality baked goods, made the old-fashioned way.

The Butter Tarts:

The butter tarts are small and thin, with a very uniform appearance. The crust is flaky, but it lacks a lightness to it that I prefer in pastry, but it does hold together very well. The filling is sweet, and the raisins are plump and juicy. However, the type that they use has a mild flavour, and there are not a lot of them. So they do not dominate the taste of the butter tart. Because there is not a lot of filling here, the filling stays inside the pie without oozing out. The flavour is tasty, with a buttery, creamy decadence. Overall, this is a pretty good little butter tart.

Beyond the Butter Tart:

When you visit The Tiny Shop bakery, I recommend bringing a freezer bag with you. Their frozen uncooked meat pies are probably the best tasting meat pies I have ever had. You will want to stock up. We particularly love the turkey and chicken, but they also have beef, deluxe, and pork tourtiere. The flavour they pack into these meat pies is out of this world.
Be sure to visit in the fall, for the Hanes Corn Maze and pumpkin patch for a fun autumn activity for the whole family.

Rockton Berry Farm

621 Old Hwy 8
Rockton, ON L0R 1X0

The fourth stop on our little mini butter tart tour in Hamilton Wentworth County is the Rockton Berry Farm. The town of Rockton’s claim to fame is it is the home of the annual Rockton’s World Fair, a large agricultural-based fair and festival held annually in October. Throughout the year, the Rockton fairgrounds also host many other events and festivals you may want to attend.
A mere 2 km away from the fairgrounds is Rockton’s Berry Farm. An eclectic little spot that is a combination convenience store, post office, bakery, deli, and farm market. It is a satellite location for the LCBO, and the Beer Store – a little bit of everything is here at the Rockton Berry Farm store. In the bakery, you will find a variety of fresh-baked items such as cookies, cakes, buns, bread, tarts, and pies.

The Butter Tarts:

The butter tarts at Rockton Berry Farm come in plain, raisin, and pecan, as well as chocolate. They are not a fancy or gourmet butter tart, but a good basic butter tart that Canadians have come to know and love. The tarts have a light, but thick and flaky crust that is perfectly baked. The filling is smooth and creamy, with a rich buttery taste, and an ooz-iness that drips a little down your chin as you eat it. There is a sweet nugget of crystallized sugar on the bottom of the tart that gives it that extra ‘oomph’ that we love.
They are a very decadent and sweet treat that we never pass up on when we are in the area of Rockton. They are a delightful, basic butter tart.

Beyond the Butter Tart:

The fruit pies at Rockton Berry Farm are not to be missed. The pies are delicious and come in a variety of amazing flavours. Even though The Rockton Berry Farm store is not too far for us to get to, at any given time throughout the year, we always have at least one Saskatoon Berry and Rhubarb Pie in our freezer because we love it so much. And you will, too.

Travel Tip:

If you drive just another twenty minutes further – up Highway 8, towards Cambridge, you will be at
Dee’s Bakery – for more butter tarts – to die for.

 

Map of the Hamilton Wentworth County area butter tart tour locations

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Adventurer, gastro-tourist, avid road tripper, and buttertart aficionado. Exploring the road less travelled and the adventures that exist for all to see if you just open yourself up to new possibilities.

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