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Treacle Tart

A British classic, Treacle Tart is full of luscious caramel flavor all wrapped up in a lovely shortbread crust. Treacle is the “secret” to whipping up this easy tart anytime your sweet tooth is calling! But what is treacle? Read on to find out!!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chilling time30 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 8
Calories: 321kcal


For shortbread crust"

  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons water optional

For the Treacle Tart Filling:

  • 1 cup Lyle's golden syrup or Steen's Pure Cane Syrup
  • 6 Tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


For the shortbread crust:

  • Add the flour, butter, sugar and salt to the bowl of a food processor and process until the mixture resembles wet sand, about 3 minutes. 
  • Test the mixture with your fingers. When pressed it should hold together. If not, add 1 Tablespoon of water and mix again for 10 seconds.
  • Dump the dough into a 10 inch removable bottom tart pan and press into the sides and along the bottom. 
  • Lightly cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the tart shell for 15 minutes or until it is light golden brown. 

For the Treacle Tart filling:

  • Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the treacle bottle into a bowl of hot water to warm. 
  • Add the breadcrumbs to a bowl and drizzle the treacle over. Stir briefly to combine. 
  • In another bowl, add the eggs, cream, lemon juice, zest and salt. Whisk to combine. 
  • Add the egg mixture to the breadcrumb and treacle mixture. Mix until just combined. Pour into the prepared tart shell. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes or until the filling is set. 
  • Remove the tart from the oven and let cool. Slice and serve!



  • Lyle's golden syrup can be found in some larger grocery stores. Cost Plus World Market also carries it as does Amazon! 
  • If you can't find Lyle's golden syrup, you could substitute honey. Karo syrup doesn't have enough flavor to work in this recipe. 
  • This tart is lovely on it's own, but you could also serve it with a bit of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
  • You can store the tart, covered in the refrigerator for up to two days. Let come to room temperature before serving. 


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg