Are you looking for an indulgent dessert recipe that’s sure to please everyone? Treacle tart is the answer! This classic British dessert is an easy and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Making your own treacle tart at home is surprisingly simple and only requires a few ingredients. With a few tips and tricks, you can make the perfect treacle tart every time. Keep reading to learn how to prepare the perfect treacle tart!
Choose your treacle
Treacle tart is a classic British dessert that is simple to make, but it all starts with choosing the right treacle. There are two types of treacle used in baking: light and dark. Both have their own distinct flavour, so which one you choose is up to you.
Light treacle is the more subtle of the two, with a milder taste. It is usually found in syrup form, and can be easily found at most grocery stores. Dark treacle is made from blackstrap molasses, and has a much stronger flavour. It is often used in baking recipes as it adds a unique depth of flavour to dishes.
Whichever you choose, make sure that it is of good quality and well blended. The combination of treacle, butter, and flour should create a thick, glossy mixture that is easy to work with.
When selecting your treacle, keep in mind that the end result will depend on the type and amount you use. If you are using light treacle, you may need to add a bit more sugar or spice to make up for the milder flavour. For dark treacle, you can use a bit less sugar, as it is naturally sweeter than light treacle.
Whichever type of treacle you use, you’ll be sure to create a delicious treacle tart that will delight your family and friends. Happy baking!
Make the pastry
Making the pastry for your treacle tart is relatively easy. First, you will need to measure out 200g of plain flour and 100g of cold butter. Using a food processor, combine the flour and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Next, add 2 tablespoons of caster sugar and 1 egg, and then blend until the mixture forms a dough. If it is too dry, you can add a little cold water. Once your dough is ready, wrap it in cling film and put it in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
When the dough has chilled, take it out and roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Be sure to make it slightly bigger than the tin you are using. Grease the tin with butter, then place the pastry into it, pressing it into the sides and base. Put it back in the fridge while you prepare your filling.
Blind bake the pastry
Blind baking the pastry is an important step in making a perfect treacle tart. To blind bake the pastry, start by preheating your oven to the temperature specified in your recipe. Then line the pastry with parchment paper and fill it with baking beans or uncooked rice. This helps weigh down the pastry and prevents it from rising. Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove the parchment paper and baking beans and bake for another 5 minutes until golden brown. Once done, allow the pastry to cool before filling with your treacle mixture.
When blind baking, it’s important to make sure that the bottom of the pastry is fully cooked. To check if it’s done, lightly press on the base with your finger – if it feels firm and dry, it’s ready to be filled. If not, return it to the oven and cook for a few more minutes. Once done, you can now fill your pastry with your treacle mixture and bake according to your recipe.
Cook the filling
To make the filling, start by heating the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat until melted. Once melted, add the golden syrup and black treacle and stir to combine.
In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest and ground ginger. Whisk until combined, then add to the saucepan with the butter and treacles. Whisk continuously as you cook the mixture over low heat until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove from heat and pour it into the prepared pastry case. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until the tart is golden brown. Allow to cool completely before serving. Enjoy!
Assemble the tart
Once your pastry and filling have been prepared, it’s time to assemble the tart. Begin by rolling out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until it is about 3-4mm thick. Make sure to roll from the center outward in all directions so that the pastry is evenly thick. Cut a circle slightly larger than your tart tin and use the rolling pin to lift it carefully over the tin. Gently press the pastry into the edges of the tin and trim off any excess.
Now pour in the treacle filling and spread it evenly with a spoon or spatula. Roll out the remaining pastry for the top of the tart and carefully lay it over the filling. Seal the edges by pressing them together with your fingertips and then trim off any excess pastry.
Using a small knife, make several slits in the top of the pastry to allow steam to escape during baking. Finally, brush a light coating of beaten egg over the top of the tart. Place in an oven preheated to 180°C (350°F) and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
Allow to cool completely before serving. Enjoy!
Serve and enjoy!
Once your Treacle tart is all assembled, it’s time to enjoy your delicious creation! Slice the tart into individual pieces and serve with a dollop of cream, a scoop of ice cream, or whatever else you choose to top it off with. The sweet and sticky treacle filling is sure to have your mouth watering as soon as it hits your plate. There’s nothing quite like a homemade Treacle tart to bring everyone together for a special occasion. Enjoy! If you’ve followed this recipe correctly, then your treacle tart should turn out perfectly. Not only will it look great on the table but more importantly, it will taste amazing. Remember that each person’s tastes are unique; some may prefer more sweetness, others more tanginess, so keep this in mind when preparing the recipe. As always, take any leftovers home in an airtight container; they make excellent snacks later in the day or night.