Easy Treacle Tart

Treacle Tart Recipe

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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
458 Calories
16g Fat
72g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 458
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 8g 42%
Cholesterol 145mg 48%
Sodium 345mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 192mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 afternoon tea, or simply as a treat with a cup of tea. This may be a rich dessert but don't worry because 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 on time, ready-made will do. 


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Heat the oven to 350 F/180 C/Gas 4.

  3. Roll out the shortcrust pastry to 1/4-inch.

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  4. Line a lightly greased 9-inch ​loose-bottomed tart tin with the pastry, trim off the edges, then place in the fridge for 30 minutes 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.

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  5. Place a baking sheet in the preheated oven. Meanwhile, mix together the golden syrup and treacle with the lemon zest and juice.

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  6. Beat the eggs in a bowl and add to the treacle mixture.

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  7. Finally, stir in the breadcrumbs.

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  8. 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).

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  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust and filling are golden brown and firm to the touch.

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  10. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.

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  11. If serving as a pudding, leave it on the rack to cool slightly for 5 minutes.

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  12. Serve with either crème fraiche or vanilla ice cream, which balance the sweetness of the tart very well. 


  • For later, allow the tart to cool completely before storing in an airtight tin. The tart will keep for a day or two.
  • It reheats up nicely in a medium hot oven.
  • The tart is full of delicious, sweet golden syrup. If you can't find golden syrup then use corn syrup.
  • As a substitute for black treacle, you can use black molasses. Just be careful not to over-measure, as the taste is much stronger than treacle.

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