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Video:How to Make Treacle Tart

with Elaine Lemm

Treacle tart is a great British dish served either as a pudding or as a treat with a cup of tea. Watch this how-to video from to see instructions for making it!See Transcript

Transcript:How to Make Treacle Tart

Hi I'm Elaine Lemm for About British and Irish Food site and today I'm going to show you how to make a classic Treacle Tart. Treacle Tart is definitely a tart for the sweet tooth because it contains lots of lovely golden syrup and treacle so it’s no wonder it is actually one of Harry Potter’s favourite desserts!

Ingredients for Treacle Tart

For the Treacle Tart you will need:

  • 350g shortcrust pastry
  • 300g /10oz golden syrup
  • 1 heaped tbsp black treacle
  • Zest and juice of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 4 medium free range eggs
  • 25g /1oz fresh bread crumbs

Instructions for Making a Treacle Tart

To begin our treacle tart the first thing we need to do is roll out the pastry and we’re going to use to line a 23 centimetre loose-bottomed tart tin.

When rolling out pastry you will need some flour, I’m going to sprinkle that onto the surface and onto our rolling pin and it just takes a few rolls to get it going.Once the pastry’s large enough, lay it over the rolling pin and over the tart tin.

Just gently press the pastry into place and with a sharp knife trim off any excess. And then we’ll crimp the edge using the thumb and the first finger, this just gives a really nice finish to the pastry. There, lovely. This now needs to go into the refrigerator to rest for about thirty minutes.

Making the Pastry for the Treacle Tart

The pastry's had a good thirty minutes in the refrigerator so now it's time to make our filling. For this we need the bowl and the first thing that goes in is this really lovely golden syrup, the black treacle, the lemon zest and the lemon juice, and we mix those together.

Then I need the four eggs, lightly beaten, and they go into the bowl as well. Another good mix to bring all of that together and then finally into there we need the breadcrumbs, and this is going to bind this mixture.

This now goes into the pastry case, it smells lovely. This now needs to go into a hot oven about 180 degrees celsius for about 20 to 25 minutes until it’s really nicely set.

Oh look at this! This is absolutely delicious. This has had 25 minutes in the oven, it's beautiful and golden brown, it's risen, and you can see the pastry just coming away from the tart tin which means that it is cooked. All it needs now is a nice dollop of vanilla ice cream or a little crème fraiche… delicious!

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