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Treacle tart with clotted cream
|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Serving temperature||Hot or warm|
|Main ingredient(s)||Shortcrust pastry, golden syrup, breadcrumbs, lemon juice|
Treacle tart is a traditional English dessert. 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. A modern alternative recipe uses ground almonds in place of the breadcrumbs. The tart is normally served hot or warm with a scoop of clotted cream, ordinary cream, ice cream or custard. Some more recent recipes add cream, eggs, or both, to make a softer filling.
In the Harry Potter series, Harry's favourite dessert is treacle tart, a dessert often found at the Hogwarts feasts.
This dessert is also featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The childcatcher, in an attempt to lure out the children from the basement, calls out that he is giving away free sweets. His mention of free treacle tarts is the selling point for the boy, convincing him to be lured out into the street.
"Treacle tart" is Cockney rhyming slang for "sweetheart".
The "Treacle Tart" was the recipient of the 2012 Shekie Award for Pie of the Year. It narrowly defeated the Pecan Pie in the Pie-Off during episode 108 of the Dave Dameshek Football Program.
- Treacle tart recipe by Heston Blumenthal from Times Online (Paid subscription required)
- Treacle tart recipe by Nigel Slater from The Guardian
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