Treacle Tart

treacle tart

Before tasting the syrup filled Treacle Tart I imagined this was the British version of say Pecan Pie without the Pecans or Butter Tarts in larger form. Wrong! This is so.much.sweeter! Like the level of sweetness one imagines results in teeth falling out from one of those cartoons in the 50’s…but this is a British classic regardless and served with custard or probably better tart Greek yogurt, a slice of this would go a long way when serving a bunch of people.

In fact, when I told a co-worker the plans to make this over the weekend her eyes lit up as if it was Christmas and she said with such glee that it’s “such comfort food and has to be eaten with custard or cream and is great to finish off a Sunday roast with.”

So creamy vanilla custard was purchased to accompany this and she was 100% right, this tart cannot be consumed without a subtle dairy to calm the sweetness down. This is rather simple to make and can be eaten cold or warm so is perfect to whip up ahead of time so please add a comment below of your thoughts and experiences with this or how you found making it!

traditional treacle tart recipe

Treacle Tart History

The origin of Treacle Tart is interesting as golden syrup was only invented in the 1880’s, yet a year prior a lady named Mary Jewry came up with the recipe as treacle simply refers to any kind of syrup. As is so often the case the original recipe doesn’t come very close to the recipe for this tart today, but it is apart of the British cuisine nonetheless.

It was historically notably popular with poorer people due to the abundance of sugar and bread and very little expensive ingredients such as fruit or spices. And here in England, treacle tart is almost always made with golden syrup, so if you want to go authentic than try and get your hands on that before subbing another syrup.

Treacle Tart Notes

The pastry is most closely linked to shortcrust pastry so if you don’t want to make it or want to save time you can purchase some premade shortcrust pastry crust.

Let’s talk about the bread crumbs in this dish, they create a perfect crust and the lemon zest alongside those crumbs weaves itself throughout the dish so don’t skimp out those two ingredients – particularly the lemon zest which is necessary to cut through the sweetness.

Because the sugar in Treacle tart comes from golden syrup and the filling contributes to the gooey consistency, I cannot recommend decreasing the amount of syrup without changing the gooey result.

Treacle Tart
Adapted from Saveur.com
Serves 10

Ingredients:
Pastry
1 1/2 cups flour
6 tablespoons/85 grams butter, cubed and chilled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup ice water
Filling
1 cup golden syrup or molasses
2 tablespoons/30 grams butter
6 tablespoons bread crumbs
3 tablespoons pouring cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated

Directions:
Place the flour, butter and salt into a bowl and mix with a fork or your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour in the ice water and mix until it resembles dough.

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Turn out onto a work surface and shape into a disk. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, place the golden syrup into a pot and heat on medium until it softens and is easy to stir. Remove from the heat and add in the butter, bread crumbs, cream, egg and zest and stir to combine. Set aside to cool.

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Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out to fit a fluted tart dish.

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Shape into the dish and cover. Refrigerate for a further 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375F. Press holes into the base of the pastry with a fork and cover with greaseproof paper and baking beans.

Place in the oven and bake until the crust is set. Remove the beans and bake until light brown for a further 10 minutes.

Remove and pour in the syrup mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or the filling is just set (mine went from quite jiggly to set in five extra minutes of baking – 30 minutes on the dot!).

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Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Slice and serve with whipped cream or custard.

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easy treacle tart

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treacle tart

Treacle Tart

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  • Author: Sylvie
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10 1x
  • Category: Pies & Tarts
  • Cuisine: British

Description

Treacle Tart is one of those very classic British treats that will make the eyes of locals light up with it’s breadcrumb and buttery filling.


Ingredients

Scale

Pastry
1 1/2 cups flour
6 tablespoons/85 grams butter, cubed and chilled
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup ice water
Filling
1 cup golden syrup or molasses
2 tablespoons/30 grams butter
6 tablespoons bread crumbs
3 tablespoons pouring cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
Zest of 1 lemon, finely grated


Instructions

  • Place the flour, butter and salt into a bowl and mix with a fork or your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Pour in the ice water and mix until it resembles dough.
  • Turn out onto a work surface and shape into a disk. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, place the golden syrup into a pot and heat on medium until it softens and is easy to stir. Remove from the heat and add in the butter, bread crumbs, cream, egg and zest and stir to combine. Set aside to cool.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out to fit a fluted tart dish.
  • Shape into the dish and cover. Refrigerate for a further 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375F. Press holes into the base of the pastry with a fork and cover with greaseproof paper and baking beans.
  • Place in the oven and bake until the crust is set. Remove the beans and bake until light brown for a further 10 minutes.
  • Remove and pour in the syrup mixture. Bake for 30 minutes or the filling is just set (mine went from quite jiggly to set in five extra minutes of baking – 30 minutes on the dot!).
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  • Slice and serve with whipped cream or custard.

Notes

Adapted from Saveur.com

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