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Treacle Tart

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260g/9½oz/generous ¾ cup golden (light corn) syrup
75g/3oz/1½ cups fresh white breadcrumbs
Grated rind of 1 lemon
30ml/2 tbsp lemon juice

For the pastry

150g/5oz/1¼ cups plain (all-purpose) flour
2.5ml/½ tsp salt
130g/4½oz/9 tbsp chilled butter, diced
45-60/3-4 tbsp chilled water


Serves: 6


1. To make the pastry, combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Rub or cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

2. With a fork, stir in just enough water to bind the dough. Gather into a smooth ball, knead lightly for a few seconds until smooth then wrap in clear film (plastic wrap) and chill for at least 20 minutes.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a thickness of 3mm/⅛in. Transfer to a 20cm/8in fluted flan tin (tart pan) and trim off the overhang. Chill the pastry case for 20 minutes. Reserve the pastry trimmings.

4. Put a baking sheet in the oven and preheat to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. To make the filling, warm the syrup in a pan until it melts.

5. Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs and lemon rind. Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then add more breadcrumbs if the mixture is too thin and moist. Stir in the lemon juice, then spread the mixture evenly in the pastry case.

6. Roll out the pastry trimmings and cut into 10-12 thin strips.

7. Twist the strips into spirals, then lay half of them on the filling. Arrange the remaining strips at right angles to form a lattice. Press the ends on to the rim.

8. Place the tart on the hot baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5. Bake for 15 minutes more, until golden. Serve warm with custard.

Energy 630Kcal/2646kj; Protein 6.1g; Carbohydrate 95.2g, of which sugars 52.6g; Fat 27.6g, of which saturates 17g; Cholesterol 69mg; Calcium 93mg; Fibre 1.6g; Sodium 762mg

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