Treacle Tart for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in #SundaySupper, Desserts | 13 comments

Treacle Tart for #SundaySupper

This #SundaySupper, we’ve been invited by Tammi of Momma’s Meals to make a dish inspired by our favourite celebrity chef. My recipe comes courtesy of the simply legendary Mary Berry, Queen of Cakes.

Here in Britain, baking is the new celebrity. The Great British Bake Off has established itself as one of the most popular shows on TV, and has driven an enthusiasm to bake. Each week in the competition, the amateur bakers were faced with a technical challenge, a bake set by Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood, which would test their skills to the limit and which demanded perfection.

Since the series ended, I have been slowly working my way through the challenges, trying my hand at the recipes and building my own baking repertoire.

For this event, I decided to choose one of Mary’s quintessential British recipes – Treacle Tart. It lacks Mary’s finesse, mostly because I have nowhere near her expertise, but partly because I was providing a British gluten-free dessert for an internationally-flavoured Thanksgiving (an American tradition I have come to adore, thanks to my lovely friend,  Megan Eaves). Trying to make a pastry lattice with gluten-free pastry was just a step too far.

Mary Berry Treacle Tart

Treacle Tart has a fairly misleading name, since treacle, or molasses, is not used. Rather, it is treacle’s sweeter, more palatable cousin, golden syrup. This is a uniquely British ingredient – I think the American equivalent would be something like corn syrup, but I’m not entirely sure.

This is basically a classic British pud, best served warm with custard. It reminds me of family Sunday lunches, of jumping back up to the table once the adults had finally finished talking and pudding was ready. It is a tart I have introduced to friends, and one which will remain a family favourite.

I’ve adapted the recipe to make it gluten-free, but you can find the original recipe, including lattice top, here.

Treacle Tart

For the pastry:

80z gluten-free plain flour blend

4 oz butter

1 egg, beaten

For the filling:

120z golden syrup

5oz white breadcrumbs

1 lemon


For the pastry, rub the flour and butter together between your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Bring together with a little water and a small amount of the beaten egg. Cover in clingfilm and leave to rest in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Once the pastry is chilled and rested, sprinkle some flour on a worktop and rolling pin. Roll out until fairly thin. Place into a round pie dish and cut away edges. Prick base with a fork.

Preheat the oven to 180c.

To make the filling, heat the golden syrup gently until it is a thin liquid, but do not let it boil. Finely grate about half the lemon zest, then squeeze in all the juice. Add the breadcrumbs and stir until it becomes a thick mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the pastry case and bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the filling is set and golden-brown.

Leave to cool in the tin.

Serve warm with custard or cream.

Gluten Free Treacle Tart

I’m looking forward to finding out who has inspired the rest of the #SundaySupper group and seeing what wonderful recipes they have chosen – you can find them all here!

Starters or Snacks :

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog – Oyster and Brie Soup and Wine Pairings for Celebrity Chef #SundaySupper

Linda at The Urban Mrs. – Inspired by Bobby Flay, Lobster Chowder with Roasted Corn Salsa

Erin from Dinners, Dishes and Desserts – Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon Popcorn

Cindy over at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings – Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup

Jeff at The Catholic Foodie – Drop Biscuits – Breakfast with Chef John Besh

Renee over at Kudos Kitchen By Renee – Giada De Laurentiis’ Garlic Toasts With Red Pepper Aioli


The Main Dish:

Sheila at Cooking Underwriter – Paula Deen’s  Chicken in a Crock Pot w/ Sauerkraut and Apples

Laura over at Small Wallet Big Appetite – Martin Yan’s Beef Chow Fun

Claire at The Realistic Nutritionist – Alton Brown’s 40 Cloves and a Chicken

Sarah over at Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends – Michael Symon’s Lola burger with crab tater tots

Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen – Ina Garten’s Baked Shrimp Scampi

Tammi at Momma’s Meals – Lee Drummond’s Sloppy Joe’s

Lane over at Supper for a Steal – Bobby Flay’s Rosemary Bricked Chicken

Tara from Noshing with the Nolands – Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini

Shannon at Country Girl in the Village – Simple Red Sauce over Rigatoni. Inspired by,  Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Kris over at In the Kitchen with Audrey and Maurene – Rachael Ray’s Muffin Tin Meatloaf

Nicole from The Daily Dish Recipes – Paula Deen’s Slow Cooker Pulled Pickled Pork Sandwiches

Becca from It’s Yummilicious – Ina Garten’s Grown Up Mac & Cheese

Alice at  Hip Foodie Mom – Sunday Pot Roast with Risotto Cakes from Kelsey Nixon

Jen over at  Juanita’s Cocina – The Neely’s White Turkey Chili

Brianne from Cupcakes & Kale Chips – Crockpot Beef Pot Roast with Mushrooms inspired by Giada DeLaurentiis

Isabel at Family Foodie – Polenta with Garlicky Shrimp inspired by Chef Todd English

Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet – Shrimp Penne in Pesto Cream Sauce, From Emeril Lagasse

Bobbi over at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen – Cheesy Poblano Chicken

Patti at Comfy Cuisine – Tyler Florence’s Chicken Francese

Chris from Sustainable Dad – Pork Tenderloin with Jerusalem Artichokes and Negroni Vinaigrette

Roxanne over at The Roxx Box – Jambalaya Pasta with Penne, Chicken, Shrimp and Andouille

Sue from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz – Rachael Ray’s Spicy Corn Chowdah Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Jamie at Mama Mommy Mom – Penne with Asparagus, Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto. Adapted from, Giada De Laurentiis’

Tora over at Tora’s Real Food – Pork and beans with Alton Brown’s pickled pork


Amazing Sides:

Elizabeth over at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle – Emeril’s New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Megan from I Run For Wine – Curtis Stone’s Acorn Squash Roasted with Thyme

Sandi over at Midlife Road Trip –  Gabriele Corcos’s Gnocchi di Patate

Shelby at  Diabetic Foodie – Orange Pecan Black Rice, adapted from Ina Garten

Katie from She likes Ruffles, He likes Truffles – Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto


Sweet Endings:

Kim over at Cravings of a Lunatic – Chocolate Cream Puffs with Hazelnut Filling

Renee over at Magnolia Days – Brownie Tart

Connie at The Foodie Army Wife – Inspired by Ree Drummond – Scrumptious Apple Coffee Cake

Paula over at Vintage Kitchen Notes – Bill Granger´s Cherry Tart

Pam from The Meltaways – Savannah Sheet Cake

Amber at Mama’s Blissful Bites – Huggy Buggy Bread Pudding

Jaime over at Mom’s Test Kitchen – Southern Tea Cakes

Amy over at Kimchi MOM – Crack Pie, I Can’t Quit You

Lyn from The Lovely Pantry – Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Squares

Melanie at From Fast Food to Fresh Food – Sand Tarts

Wine Pairings: 

Martin at ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Please join on us via Twitter for #SundaySupper on December 2, 2012, throughout the day. In the evening, we will meet at 7 PM EST for our weekly #SundaySupper live chatAll you have to do is follow the #SundaySupper hashtag or you can follow us through TweetChat.





  1. What an interesting tart! I have never heard of treacle but now I know it is molasses which I have had countless times (Southern gal). The tart sounds good and not a big heavy dessert.
    Renee recently posted..Brownie Tart for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you, Renee! With custard, it is quite filling, but perfect at this time of year!

  2. Definitely different! I like the flavor combo!
    Cindys Recipes recently posted..Jamie Oliver’s Bread and Tomato Soup #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Cindy! It is strange to hear it being called ‘different’ – it is such a traditional dessert here!

  3. I´m such a fan of baking shows! This pie is so interesting, I´ve always loved the way treacle sounds also. Wonderful!
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen recently posted..Bill Granger´s Fresh Cherry Tart #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Me too! They always inspire me! Thank you :)

  4. I’m so intrigued – I’ve never heard of such a dish. Thanks so much for sharing!
    diabeticFoodie recently posted..Orange Pecan Black Rice for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Not diabetic-friendly, I’m afraid, but I’m pleased to have introduced something new!

  5. I have made a Treacle Tart as it is Harry Potter’s favorite dessert and my daughter is a huge fan. Loved it, very different!!
    Tara Noland recently posted..12 Days of Christmas-Michael Symon’s Pork and Apple Scallopini for Favorite Celebrity Chef #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I love that, Tara! What did you use in place of golden syrup?

  6. Just like Tara said, I only know Treacle Tart from hearing the name in Harry Potter books. It sounds delicious – I’m glad you introduced us to it!!!
    Katie recently posted..Chef Fabio Viviani’s Spinach and Artichoke Risotto for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. Similar to one of our faves – shoo fly pie
    Sarah recently posted..Beet and Walnut Spice MuffinsMy Profile

  8. Baking/cooking competitions have take over our tv’s for the past few years too. I’m not huge baker so I stick to the cooking competitions but this tart sounds delicous! I’ll have to google Mary berry.
    Sarah recently posted..Lola burger with crab tater tots #SundaySupperMy Profile

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