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Treacle Tart

Categories: Cakes/pies, Sweet
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

A traditional British favorite

Prep Time: prep 30 mins

Cooking Time: cook 30 mins

Serves: makes 8 servings


  • 1 1 / 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 8 tbsp cold butter, cubed
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1 / 2 cups golden syrup
  • zest of 1 large lemon, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 / 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
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  1. Preheat the oven to 400癋 (200癈). Mix the flour and sugar in a bowl. Add the butter and mix until the dough resembles coarse bread crumbs. Mix the egg yolk with 3 tbsp cold water. Add to the dough and stir until it comes together.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 1/8in (3mm) circle to line the tart pan. Trim the excess and prick with a fork. Chill for 30 minutes. Line with wax paper, fill with baking beans, and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and bake for 5 minutes. Remove and reduce the oven temperature to 375癋 (190癈).
  3. Warm the syrup in a saucepan with the lemon. Add the ginger. Sprinkle the bread crumbs in the tart shell, pour in the syrup, and let stand for 5 minutes. Use the dough trimmings to make a lattice top. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  • prep 30 mins; cook 30 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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