If you have a sweet tooth, then treacle tart is the one for you. The tart can be served as a pudding with custard or a dollop of cream. Alternatively, serve a slice with an Afternoon Tea, or simply as a treat with a cup of tea. This may be a rich dessert but don't worry you only need a small slice to enjoy the delicious taste.You will not be sorry.
The recipe involves first making some pastry but if you are short of time, ready-rolled will do - though homemade is best.
- 350g shortcrust pastry
- 300g /10oz golden syrup (or corn syrup)
- 1 heaped tbsp black treacle (or black molasses)
- Zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
- 4 medium free range eggs
- 25g /1oz fresh bread crumbs
- Heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4
- Roll out the pastry to 5mm / ¼ inch (the depth of a pound coin). Line a lightly greased 23cm /9-inch loose bottomed tart tin with the pastry, trim off the edges, then place in the fridge for 30 mins to rest the pastry and prevent shrinkage in the oven - do not be tempted to miss this stage out or your baked cake will shrink unevenly.
- Place a baking sheet in the preheated oven. Meanwhile, mix together the golden syrup and treacle with the lemon zest and juice. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add to the treacle mixture. Finally, stir in the bread crumbs.
- After the pastry has rested for 30 minutes, place the case on the preheated baking sheet, then carefully pour the mixture into the prepared tart case. (TIP: taking the mixture to the tart in the oven rather than the other way round, is easier and helps prevent spillages).
- Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the crust and filling are golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. If serving as a pudding, leave it on the rack to cool slightly for five minutes, then serve with crème fraiche which balances really well with the sweetness of the tart or try a good vanilla ice cream.
- For later, allow the tart to cool completely before storing in an airtight tin. The tart will keep for a day or two. It does freshen up nicely by heating in a medium hot oven.
Notes on Making a Treacle Tart
The tart is full of delicious, sweet golden syrup. If you can't find golden syrup then use corn syrup. No black treacle, then you can use black molasses but be careful not to over-measure as the taste is much stronger than treacle.