Treacle tart
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Serving temperatureHot or warm
Main ingredientsShortcrust pastry, golden syrup, breadcrumbs, lemon juice

Treacle tart is a traditional British dessert. The earliest known recipe for the dessert is from English author Mary Jewry in her cookbooks from the late 19th century.[1]


Treacle tart served with clotted cream

It is prepared using shortcrust pastry, with a thick filling made of golden syrup (also known as light treacle), breadcrumbs, and lemon juice or zest. The tart is normally served hot or warm with a scoop of clotted cream, ordinary cream, ice cream, or custard. Some modern recipes add cream, eggs, or both in order to create a softer filling.

Treacle bread[2] is a homemade bread popular in Ireland and is similar to soda bread but with the addition of treacle.

In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ Jewry, Mary (1899). Warne's Model Cookery: With Complete Instructions in Household Management and Receipts. London: F. Warne. p. 578.
  2. ^ "Treacle Bread with Sultanas Recipe | Odlums". Odlums. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
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  4. ^ "Audiobooks" 1:37:58 as read by Rosemary Leach. Retrieved 13 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2018
  6. ^ "Food in books: the treacle tart in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2018
  7. ^ "DDFP 108: Niners QB battle and the pie-off! « NFL Dave Dameshek Blog". Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-28.
  8. ^ "Caitlin Moran on TV: Downton Abbey is all over the 1920s". The Times. Retrieved 28 June 2022.

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