Treacle tart

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Treacle tart
Mary Berry treacle tart (8131434026).jpg
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. A modern alternative recipe uses ground almonds in place of the breadcrumbs.[citation needed] 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[edit]

  • "Treacle tart" is Cockney rhyming slang for "sweetheart".[3]
  • This dessert featured in the 1968 British fantasy film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The villainous Child Catcher, in an attempt to lure out the children from the basement, calls out that he is giving away free sweets.[4]
  • In the Harry Potter book series, Harry's favourite food is treacle tart, a dessert often found at the Hogwarts feasts.[5]
  • 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.[6]
  • Alexia Tarabotti, protagonist of author Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate" series, has a fondness for treacle tart.

See also[edit]


  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.
  3. ^ "Treacle Tart is Cockney Rhyming Slang for Sweetheart!". Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  4. ^ "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2018
  5. ^ "Food in books: the treacle tart in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 February 2018
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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