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Heston Blumenthal’s Treacle Tart Recipe

Looking for the perfect tart recipe, check out this Treacle Tart recipe from Heston Blumenthal

Occasionally Heston Blumenthal makes something that we can all make without a science laboratory. With this recipe all we  really need is a rolling pin and as much small change as you can muster. If you’re short of change, go find a car guard.

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Treacle Tart Recipe | Heston Blumenthal

Serving: 6-8 | Prep: 1hr 20 min | Cooking: 1hr 20 min


Plain Flour 400 g
Unsalted Butter 600 g
Salt 3 teaspoons
Icing Sugar 100 g
Vanilla Seeds
Lemon Zest 4
Eggs 5
Egg Yolks 2
Double Cream 75 ml
Brown Bread Crumbs 1/2
Lemon Juice 2
Golden Syrup 900 g

1 . Coat all the flour with 400g butter – very important
2 . Add icing sugar, vanilla seeds, lemon zest and the eggs
3 . Combine all together
4 . Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 min with your rolling pin

30 minutes later
1 . Roll the pastry out
2 . Keep doing this until it’s about 5ml thick
3 . Place on a board and put back in the fridge for 30 minutes

30 minutes later
1 . Take the pastry out of the fridge
2 . Wind onto a rolling pin and unwind it over the buttered and floured 28 cm tart tin.
3 . Push into edges
4 . Layer baking paper over the pastry and fill with coins

1 . Place the pastry tray into the oven at 150C for 15-20 min
2 . Melt 200g butter on a medium heat
3 . When it stops sizzling remove from heat
4 . Mix the cream, eggs, salt, breadcrumbs, lemon juice, lemon zest, golden syrup then add to the butter
5 . Transfer to a jug and pour into the pastry base
6 . Bake for 1 hour at 180C

Treacle tart is a traditional English dessert. It is made using shortcrust pastry, with a thick filling made of golden syrup, also known as light treacle, breadcrumbs, and lemon juice.
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 or eggs to make a softer filling.

This dessert is also featured in the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The child catcher, 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”.

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