butter Tart Judges

Best Butter Tart 2014 Judging Panel ~ Tony Grace (CTV News), Shelly Barry (B101), myself, Trish Magwood (Food Network) & Johnathon Pinto (CBC radio). My belly is ready for 2015!

On Saturday, June 13th, 2015 I will be sitting on the judging panel at  Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival in Midland, Ontario (I will be the one in elastic waist pants, a bib and syrup on my chin.  Who am I kidding? I never miss my mouth!).  An entire day devoted to stuffing my face full of Canada’s favourite dessert – and then, deciding which one is “BEST”?  I really do have a great job!  I am super excited and honoured to be part of this festival.  If you are looking for a “sweet” Ontario staycation, come join in the fun in beautiful downtown Midland, Ontario.

This year, the festival has added a new “event” to the weekend: The Butter Tart Trot ~ yup, a 5k run and a 2.5K family fun walk/run.  My two favourite pastimes (running and eating) together in one awesome weekend.  I am looking forward to eating & sweating with you June 13th & 14th, 2015.  Click here for more festival info.


June 4th, 2015 ~ On the set of Daytime Simcoe with the beauty and brains behind Best Butter Tart Festival; Barb Rowlandson.

To get things rolling for the festival (and I’m not talking pastry), Barb Rowlandson (festival coordinator), and myself, are taking over Rogers Daytime Simcoe with a Butter Tart Festival themed show.  Raisins, or no raisins?  Nuts, or no nuts? Firm, or runny filling? A full hour of: ooey-gooey debating about what makes the “pefect” butter tart, and plenty of fun filled info about Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival.  

To kick off the cardinal Butter Tart Trot (I love saying that) I am going to share a coffee house inspired post run shake.  I developed this recipe for Mizuno Run Club Blog made with Almond Fresh Coconut Beverage.  After a good summer sweat, it is crucial to refuel within 30 minutes post exercise.  Click here for my delicious Coconut Mocha Post Run Sip (watch me prepare the shake on Daytime YR here) made with Almond Fresh Coconut Beverage


Post workout fuel, does not have to be boring ~ refuel with a coffee house inspired and good-for-you sip.


Melted quality dark chocolate and a sprinkle of salt, add a gourmet flare to a simple to prepare Butter Tart square.

Now, from post Butter Tart Trot fuel, to the star of the show: Butter Tarts.  I’m not the best at making pastry, so I make a shortbread like crust (flour, sugar, butter = easy peasy), press into the bottom of a baking pan, prepare a fab filling, pour, bake, and cut into squares. Voilà  Char’s Salty Maple Syrup Butter Tart Squares.  Click here for my recipe.  If butter tart squares aren’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, my Gooey Butter Tart Brownies will do the trick.

Looking forward to a sweet weekend ~ Hope to see many of the in Midland, Ontario!

DSC_1081Charmaine is a chef and recipe developer.  She is a regular guest on Rogers Daytime York Region, and food writer for Running Room Magazine sharing her love and enthusiasm for all things food and cooking.

Join Charmaine on June 13th, 2015 in Midland, Ontario at Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival  ~ she will be sitting on the judging panel along with NHL players, Food Network stars, and many more celebs.   Tough job taste testing about 60 butter tarts in one day!

Most importantly; Charmaine is the mother of two active boys, Tyler & Colgan.  Charmaine understands the importance of preparing healthy, wholesome dishes all while keeping budget and time in mind.

For more tasty recipes visit www.charmainebroughton.com

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