Simple Treacle Tart Recipe

treacle tart with whipped cream
treacle tart with whipped cream - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

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If you live in the U.K. or have ever visited (or if you just happen to be a big "Harry Potter" fan), then there's a good chance you've heard of treacle tart. The classic British treat is a sticky sweet delight that recipe developer Jessica Case describes as "irresistibly delicious!" Thanks to her simple treacle tart recipe, you can enjoy the dessert anywhere and at any time, so long as you have golden syrup, a caramel-like syrup that is also quite beloved in the U.K.

Of course, treacle tart doesn't just consist of golden syrup — there's also the buttery tart crust, and combined with the sweet filling, Case can't help but rave about the delightful dessert. "My favorite thing about this dish is the buttery shortcrust base and the gooey filling made with the golden syrup, breadcrumbs, and lemon zest," she says. Topped off with a simple garnish of powdered sugar and dollops of whipped cream, treacle tart is the ooey-gooey confection you didn't realize was missing from your dessert repertoire.

Read more: 15 British Baked Sweet Treats You'll Want To Try

Gather The Ingredients For This Simple Treacle Tart

ingredients for treacle tart
ingredients for treacle tart - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

The crust portion of this recipe comes together thanks to all-purpose flour, brown sugar, salt, vanilla extract, and butter. The filling consists of white breadcrumbs (made fresh from white bread), heavy whipping cream, an egg, lemon zest and juice, and of course that golden syrup. "[The] special ingredient is the golden syrup which is a thick, amber-colored inverted sugar syrup that's made with sugar, water, and citric acid," Case explains. "It has a deep caramelized, buttery flavor. You can't make this tart without it." Luckily, you can buy golden syrup premade, which makes the recipe all the more simple.

Make The Tart Crust

tart crust in baking dish
tart crust in baking dish - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Preheat your oven to 375 F then focus on making the tart crust. Whisk together the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Then add in the vanilla and cubed butter and break the butter down into the dry ingredients until the whole mixture is very crumbly. Grab a crumb with your fingers and pinch it to make sure that it holds together and doesn't crumble apart — this means that you've distributed the butter evenly.

Pour the crust mixture out into a 9-inch tart baking pan and use your hands to press it into all of the crevices. Cover the top of the crust with a piece of parchment paper then fill the crust with dried beans or pie weights. Transfer the crust to the middle shelf of the oven and bake for an initial 10 to 12 minutes; at that point, remove the parchment paper and beans then bake the crust for another 5 minutes, until golden brown.

Combine The Golden Syrup And Filling Ingredients

syrup simmering in saucepan
syrup simmering in saucepan - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Before you dive into making the treacle tart filling, make sure that your breadcrumbs are ready to go. To do so, simply blitz the white bread in a food processor until you've got coarse crumbs.

Now, place a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add in the breadcrumbs, golden syrup, heavy cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg. Bring the mixture to a light boil and be sure to mix constantly to avoid sticking or burning. Once the syrupy concoction is at a boil, reduce the heat slightly and cook for another 2 minutes.

Bake The Tart

treacle tart with syrup filling
treacle tart with syrup filling - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Pour the syrupy filling into your slightly cooled tart crust, then transfer the whole thing to the oven to bake for about 25 minutes. You'll know that the tart is done baking when the filling has browned nicely. Once you remove the tart from the oven, allow it to cool down completely before diving in.

Garnish Your Treacle Tart With Whipped Cream

treacle tart with whipped cream
treacle tart with whipped cream - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Once your treacle tart has fully cooled, you can optionally garnish it with a dusting of powdered sugar or some whipped cream. Otherwise, go ahead and slice and serve this sticky sweet delight. "Definitely pair it with fresh whipped cream or ice cream," Case advises. As for beverages, "This is a British dessert, so we know tea works great with this."

Any full-sized dessert runs the risk of leftovers, but luckily, you can just pop leftover tart slices into the fridge. "This is good up to 4 days in the fridge," Case notes.

Simple Treacle Tart Recipe

treacle tart with slice
treacle tart with slice - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Prep Time: 10mCook Time: 45mYield: 8 SlicesIngredients

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed, room temperature

  • 7 slices white bread (or enough to make 1 cup breadcrumbs)

  • 1 ¼ cup golden syrup

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 lemon, zested

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 egg

Optional Ingredients

  • powdered sugar, for serving

  • whipped cream, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

  2. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the vanilla and cubed butter and mix until it becomes a crumbly texture. When the mixture is done it resembles large streusel-like crumbs. Press some in between your fingers to see if it will hold together.

  3. Put the crust mixture in a 9-inch pie tart. Use your hands or the back of a spoon to press the crust firmly and evenly into the pan.

  4. Line the crust with parchment paper and fill it with dried beans or pie weights and place the tart on the middle shelf in the oven.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove the parchment paper and beans. Bake for another 5 minutes until it becomes a golden brown color. Let it cool.

  6. Use a food processor and pulse the bread. Pulse a few more times until the bread resembles coarse crumbs.

  7. In a medium saucepan, add the golden syrup, heavy whipping cream, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and egg. Bring it to a gentle boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly to keep from sticking.

  8. When the syrup reaches a gentle boil, reduce the heat and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

  9. Pour the filling into the baked shortbread crust. Bake for 25 minutes until the filling becomes nicely browned.

  10. Remove the tart from the oven and let it cool completely.

  11. Optionally garnish the tart with powdered sugar and whipped cream, then slice and serve.

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