Recipe: English treacle tart

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English treacle tart recipe

Oh, treacle tart!  Just find me an English person who wouldn’t enjoy a slice right now. In order to make this wonderful comfort food, you’re going to need real English Golden Syrup. If you can’t buy it locally –  and it’s in lots of American supermarkets now – it’s easily ordered online.

You’ll love this scrumptious dessert and if you serve it to English friends, you’ll prove yourself to be a culinary hero.

It’s the filling that is the barometer of a good treacle tart but you will also need a pastry case. Either make one yourself from your favourite recipe or purchase a high quality one. (This should be about 28 cm diameter and about 3 cm high).


Recipe: English treacle tart


Here's what you'll need for the filling:
  • 200g unsalted butter (just under one cup)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 75ml double cream (one-third cup)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 x 454g cans Golden Syrup,warmed
  • ½ loaf of brown bread
  • the zest the 3 lemons and the juice of 2 (about 60 ml - ¼ cup)
  1. Remove the crusts from the bread (save for another dish) and break it into chunks.In the blender reduce to breadcrumbs. The amount you need is 170g
  2. Heat the butter in a pan over a medium heat. When it stops sizzling immediately remove the pan from the heat.Strain the melted butter and keep the result in a jug until required
  3. Add the eggs, cream and salt to a bowl and whisk until they are nicely combined.
  4. Pour 115ml of the melted butter into the warmed Golden Syrup and stir. Add this to the cream & egg mixture, add the breadcrumbs, the lemon zest and juice and mix well
  5. Pour the filling into the pastry case and bake in a preheated 300°F oven for about 50 to 60 minutes. The filling should be a deep brown colour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving
  6. Serve with ice cream




Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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  1. Damn! You’ve got me wanting some now – and I’ve only just eaten… 😀 Takes me back to my childhood.

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