Thursday, August 21, 2014

Treacle Tart

We were in England for Christmas 2012. It was an amazing time to be there. We visited Birmingham for the German Christmas Market, London for all of it's splendor and Windsor with all of it's charm. We're ready to see more of the English Countryside on our next visit. The last time I visited England was in 1970. It was time to return.
One of the amazing desserts we experienced was the Treacle Tart. I've never tasted anything like it in the States.
It's a traditional English dessert. It's prepared by using a shortcrust pastry, with a thick filling of Golden Syrup also known as Treacle. Breadcrumbs and Lemon Zest. The Tart is served warm with a dollop of Clotted Cream, Ordinary Cream, Ice Cream or Custard.

Here's what you'll need:
 1 - 8" Fluted Tin or Quiche Pan.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. You'll lower it at a lair stage of the baking.

3/4 C Golden Syrup (we buy ours at a British Emporium in our town)
1 1/2 C Fresh White Bread Crumbs.
Grate the rind of 1 Lemon.
2 TBS of Fresh Lemon Juice

1 1/4 C Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
9 TBS Butter, chilled and cubed
4 TBS Ice Water

Make the Pastry:

In a medium bowl:
whisk together.
Cut in the cold butter with a pastry knife until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs.
Using a fork, stir in just enough Ice Water to keep the dough together.
Gather it into a ball, knead it lightly, wrap in plastic wrap an refrigerate for 20 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll out the pastry to 1/8".
Transfer to the pan and trim off the excess and reserve for lattice top.
Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

In a saucepan:
Warm the Syrup on medium heat, until it melts.
Remove from heat and stir in the Breadcrumbs and Lemon Zest.
Set aside for 10 minutes.
Add additional Breadcrumbs at this time if the mixture appears too thin and moist.
Stir in the Lemon Juice.
Spread the filling evenly into the crust.

Gather the pastry scraps and roll out into 12 thin lattice strips.
Twist them into spirals and lay half of them across the filling.
Arrange the remaining strips at right angles to form a lattice or use an "over under" technique to weave the strips. Press the ends into the crust to seal.
Place the pan on a sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
Lower the temperature to 350 and bake for an additional 15 minutes, the top should be golden in color.

It can be served warm or cold.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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