Apple, Ginger and Treacle Tart | © 2011 | | © 2011 |

Treacle tart, a classic English dessert, is sweet, comforting and moreish. It is made using shortcrust pastry, with a decadent filling made of golden syrup, also known as light treacle, breadcrumbs, and lemon juice. The tart is normally served hot or warm with fresh cream or custard. The use of lemon and apple cuts through the sweetness and turns this into an unforgettable treat.
The word treacle refers to all forms of syrups made during sugar refining, from golden syrup through to black molasses. I have used walnuts to replace half of the breadcrumbs and added 2 tablespoons of crystallized ginger for a nutty and spicy filling.

Apple, Ginger and Treacle Tart

adapted from Food, Fork and Good and Taste
  • 150 g Wholegrain spelt flour
  • 100 g Walnuts, ground
  • 40 g Icing sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 tsp Salt
  • 120 g Butter, cut into small pieces and slightly softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 100 g Buckwheat bread
  • 100 g Walnuts, ground
  • 2 tbsp Crystallized ginger, finely chopped
  • 50 g Raw sugar
  • 350g Homemade invert sugar syrup or golden syrup
  • 100 g Butter
  • 50 g Palm sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp Homemade vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2-3 Pink lady apples, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 2 tbsp Almonds, chopped, optional
  1. To make the pastry, mix the spelt flour, ground walnut, icing sugar, salt and butter to a crumb-like consistency. Add the egg and, if necessary, a tiny drop of water to bring the dough together. Shape dough into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Heat the oven to 190C/375F. Roll out the dough thinly on a lightly floured surface and line the base and sides of a 28 cm/11 inch tart tin. Trim the excess, line with baking parchment and dried beans, and bake for 15 minutes until starting to colour. Carefully remove the paper and beans, then bake for a further 10 minutes until pastry is golden. Cool.
  3. In a food processor, blend together the buckwheat bread, walnuts, chopped crystallized ginger and raw sugar until fine breadcrumbs form. Set aside.
  4. Place invert sugar syrup, butter, palm sugar, lemon juice, coconut cream, vanilla extract and nutmeg in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the mixture bubbles and well-blended. Whisk in prepared breadcrumbs until combined. Pour into tart shell.
  5. Quarter apples, core and cut each into 2-3 wedges. Starting at the edge of the tart, arrange apple wedges in concentric circles. Scatter the chopped almonds over if using.Bake for 35 minutes or until firm to the touch. Cool for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature dusted with extra icing sugar or whipped cream. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Jeannie Tay 5/11/12 06:46

Great looking tart....been a while since I baked my last tart..this looks good enough for a pinterest:)

Cooking Rookie 5/11/12 07:13

Gorgeous tart! I was so impressed with the look of that filling, and then I started reading the ingredients and saw .... buckwheat bread??? That's really interesting. I have never seen anything like that. Is that sweet bread? I wish I could try one of those slices. I guess I will have to try making something similar and see for myself. Thanks for sharing, Angie. Have a great week :-)

suhaina aji 5/11/12 07:33

perectly baked tarts. I am drooling here. Looks yumm.

Shirley Tay 5/11/12 08:06

Beautiful presentation, Angie! This reminds me of my trip of London, having tea with these tarts :)

Baker Street 5/11/12 08:27

This is just nothing short of stunning! LOVE the combination of crystallized ginger and coconut cream! Mmm.. Pure decadence!

Vimitha Anand 5/11/12 08:37

Lovely fresh flavors in that gorgeous looking tart

Rosa's Yummy Yums 5/11/12 08:54

What a beautiful tart! It looks and sounds divine.



baker in disguise 5/11/12 09:21

these are the flavours of winter.. especially the apple and ginger!! love how've added raw sugar, almonds, coconut cream..i wish i could have a slice!

Guru Uru 5/11/12 09:25

Superb my friend, absolutely beautiful :)

Choc Chip Uru

Anonymous 5/11/12 09:37

Apple, Ginger and Treacle Tart sounds like heaven on a plate.
:-) Mandy

Foodycat 5/11/12 10:12

I love treacle tart, but I think the changes you have made make it even better!

Emma @ Food, Fork and Good 5/11/12 10:53

This looks beautiful! Thank you for the mentions too, I really appreciate it. I love how you made yours, it looks utterly gorgeous!

Kitcheninspirations 5/11/12 11:18

Gorgeous tart Angie, I saw it over at Emma's blog. I like your adaptation it's very pretty and the barrier of texture must be lovely. The Québequois have something like this called sugar pie and it is very sweet.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 5/11/12 12:15

This is a great tart Angie! I like that it´s thin so the sweet isn´t overpowering. Adding the apples and ginger is perfect.

Peggy G. 5/11/12 12:30

What a perfect fall dessert, Angie!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 5/11/12 12:36

What a lovely tart and baked so beautifully. The slices display a perfect center.

Lisa @ Tarte du Jour 5/11/12 12:47

What a lovely tart!!! I think of the scene in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where the children are tempted out of hiding by the mean child catcher with sweets.... and one of them he mentions is the Treacle Tart! I was never sure of what one looked like until now. Yum!!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez 5/11/12 12:49

This sounds absolutely fabulous perfectly seasonal. Plus, it's beautiful!

Joanne 5/11/12 13:59

That filling sounds addictive! I love the ginger infusion.

Norma Chang 5/11/12 14:05

That tart sure looks decadent. Adding ginger is a clever idea.

Veena Theagarajan 5/11/12 15:33

gorgeous looking tart!

The Café Sucré Farine 5/11/12 15:49

This is gorgeous and so yummy looking. I've never had this before but it sounds fantastic! Love your pictures, as always!

Ann@Anncoo Journal 5/11/12 16:48

This tart looks so perfect and I bet this must be very delicious :)

Katerina 5/11/12 17:05

I love apple pies and the addition of walnuts I am sure gave this tart a special crunchy taste!

Koko 5/11/12 17:31

Ahhh, this is so interesting and it looks amazing! I have never ever made treacle tart..probably because I had no idea what it was...but I've always wanted to! I mean...I read about it in Harry Potter, so it must be good ;-) Pinning this!

Munatycooking 5/11/12 18:28

So delicious looking and elegant tart :)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 5/11/12 19:37

I knew the word treacle but not the exact definition. Yep apples and lemon are great to cut on the sugar taste. Gorgeous presentation

Anonymous 5/11/12 20:54

That tart looks amazing! Your pictures are just gorgeous, definitely makes me hungry :)

Anonymous 5/11/12 21:12

Gorgeous looking tart... yummya nd fresh flavours!

Priya 5/11/12 21:32

Very appetising tart,absolutely irresistible.

Kat 5/11/12 21:37

This tart looks absolutely beautiful. Perfect combination of ingredients - apples, ginger, walnuts - for colder weather!

All That I'm Eating 5/11/12 21:44

Yum yum yum yum yum yum. This sounds incredible!

Anonymous 5/11/12 22:13

You are the baking queen! This is beautiful, extremely well presented and surely very yummy indeed. Brava Angie!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking 5/11/12 22:14

This is such a lovely layered tart, Angie! Beautiful and inspiring for the fall season. Great photos too!

teresa 5/11/12 23:25

just gorgeous! those flavors are to die for!

Rosita Vargas 5/11/12 23:37

Es una delicia me gustaría probar luce hermosa,abrazos y abrazos

Lizzy Do 6/11/12 01:36

So beautiful, Angie! I love an apple tart and this one looks exceptional!!!

Cass @foodmyfriend 6/11/12 02:12

This looks perfectly decadent Angie! Love how you have laid those apple slices perfectly :) Can I please have a slice?

Vicki Bensinger 6/11/12 06:09

This is so pretty. I love all the dishes you come up with using healthy grains. Thanks for sharing them.

Lisa H. 6/11/12 06:59

I would love a slice please :D

Vidya 6/11/12 08:16

Very cute tart...yummy it

Anonymous 6/11/12 11:11

Thanks for the little intro! You also love your spelt flour, just Like I do!
Your tart is looking quite spectacularv & ooh so wunderbar also!

I have made your spelt pumpkin doughnuts & loved every bite of them: they were superb;: really!!!xxx

sally @ sallys baking addiction 6/11/12 11:24

I love apple desserts - any form of them - this time of the year. A beautiful apple tart is worth its weight in gold and you have MASTERED it's presentation! I can only imagine how wonderful this dessert must taste. Oh, and I love pink lady apples! my favorite variety :)

Lite Home Bake 6/11/12 12:33

Very pretty looking tart, love the interesting combination of apples, spices and nuts!

Anne Regalado 6/11/12 13:23

Ohhhh ! What a beautiful tart , Angie ! The flavor combo sounds fantastic !

Scrambled Megs 6/11/12 13:47

DIVINE! i love your blog, it's stuning, as are the pics

kitchen flavours 6/11/12 13:58

Your tart looks fantastic! Love it!

grace 6/11/12 14:11

there's coconut cream in there too?!!? this has everything, angie--what a delight!

Kate @ Diethood 6/11/12 14:58

I've never had a treacle tart! It's gorgeous! Delicious... your photos of it are so YUMMY! :)

Amelia 6/11/12 14:58

Hi Angie, your tart look soooo good and tempting. The topping is beautiful, wish I can have one bite. :) Beautiful photos.

Have a nice week ahead.

Tricia @ saving room for dessert 6/11/12 16:10

Very interesting and extremely beautiful!

mjskit 6/11/12 16:27

What a delicious looking tart! I could eat a few slice of this for sure.

foodtravelandwine 6/11/12 16:36

This is ART!....absolutely fantastic and delicious!!......Abrazotes, Marcela

Pam 6/11/12 17:03

It looks so beautiful and delicious!

Gloria 6/11/12 18:33

Angie look absolutely delicious!!

Happy Cook / Finla 6/11/12 19:49

Treacle tart with apples wowo that has to taste so good.

Deepti 6/11/12 23:00

Just too good! Lovely presentation and love the recipe..

Juliana 7/11/12 00:03

Beautiful tart Angie, like the apple and ginger...and as always, great pictures!
Have a wonderful week :)

My Italian Smorgasbord 7/11/12 00:10

this looks so fall-ish! beautiful and delicious from the queen of tarts!

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 7/11/12 01:10

I didn't know what treacle was until I read this post! Yay for learning something new. :) I love apple tarts--they are so perfect for this time of year!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 7/11/12 02:33

Beautiful photographed, this is a tart I would love and full of autumn's finest flavors!

Anonymous 7/11/12 02:34

Very unique apple tart with treacle and ginger - would love to try a slice!

Betty 7/11/12 04:47

This is beautiful, and sounds absolutely delicious! :)

Words Of Deliciousness 7/11/12 05:03

Perfect!! This tart looks so yummy!

Plateful 7/11/12 09:39

Oh such delicious pics of a fab looking tart, I want a slice!

Mich - Piece of Cake 7/11/12 10:18

What a gorgeous tart! I love the apples and almonds on it. I have never actually tried a treacle tart before but it sure sounds most delicious.

My Little Space 7/11/12 10:35

Oh wow, what a fantastic combination here. Love how it looks. This is surely another cool recipe from your kitchen darling.Kudos dear!
Have a lovely day.
Blessings, Kristy

vianney 7/11/12 16:54

A heavenly tart~~LOVE the combo of ginger and coconut cream!

Treatntrick Treat and Trick 7/11/12 16:55

I bet this stunning tart is awesome with interesting filling!

Priscilla | ShesCookin 7/11/12 20:06

All the flavors here sound so scrumptious - and you like nuts as much as I do :) I had heard of treacle but wasn't sure what it was, so I learned something, too!

Geni 7/11/12 22:18

You have no idea how much I wish we could sit down for tea together and you, of course, would bring this tart (and maybe some adorable kitties?). This is exquisite and I did not know what treacle was and am so glad you educated me. I love knowing about food from all over the world. Thank you and have a wonderful week my friend!

Karen (Back Road Journal) 8/11/12 01:44

Such a pretty apple looks delicious.

Susan 8/11/12 02:10

Angie, your baking is just so inspiring and you see to combine the most wonderful flavors. I'm so lucky to have found you, dear friend, XOXO

Elisabeth 8/11/12 04:11

I don't want to be left out of the 'loop' I hope I'm still in time for this amazing apple tart! Love the addition of the ginger as well! Gorgeous and super delicious:) Angie you are a STAR...a food blog STAR!...and you ROCK:) xo

Patty 8/11/12 05:21

A beautiful fall themed apple tart, love your photos;-)

Terra 9/11/12 04:23

I really did not know what treacle meant, thank you for sharing! When I think treacle, I think about treacle tarts from the Harry Potter movie:-) your tart is gorgeous, and looks so beautiful! Hugs, Terra

Kit @ i-lostinausten 9/11/12 08:13

YUMMY! This tart looks absolutely mouthwatering & lovely! Would love to have some now with my cappuccino !

My Kitchen Stories. 9/11/12 12:28

Oh my god angie that is gorgeous

Jean | Delightful Repast 9/11/12 15:20

Angie, that is a gorgeous tart. I would like having the apple to cut the sweetness of the treacle a bit. And I love Pink Lady apples, when I can get them.

rita cooks italian 9/11/12 15:30

I have been living in London for almost 10 years and I've never tasted a treacle tart! It looks amazing and I am sure very sweet!

MaryMoh 9/11/12 20:27

Oh wow....beautiful tart. I want a big piece :D

Lora CakeDuchess 10/11/12 05:04

Fantastic tart, Angie. It's so fall and very moreish;)Beautiful!

Magic of Spice 11/11/12 04:39

Oh Angie, that is just beautiful!

What's Baking?? 11/11/12 10:29

Angie, that's one great looking tart. Love a piece of it.

Pola M 11/11/12 21:26

I am not familiar with this cake, but I think I should familiarize myself ASAP!

Jeanette 13/11/12 02:07

What a pretty tart Angie - I've never heard of treacle, so I'm glad to have learned about it today.

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 13/11/12 21:53

Angie, this is exquisite... the design is really captivating and the taste? Moreish, no doubt!

Kiran @ 14/11/12 01:59

Love the flavors going on in this recipe. I'm curious about the addition of buckwheat bread :)

Asmita 14/11/12 19:20

Hi Angie,
This is the most beautiful tart I have seen. Simply "WOW".

Veronica Miller 15/11/12 20:33

That looks so good! I just found golden syrup here in KS (FINALLY!)--I'm so excited!

lena 17/11/12 16:00

perfectly baked! i love that addition of crsytallised ginger too! i'm actually thinking of christmas when i see your tart here!

Vegan Magic 23/2/13 17:07

WOW! The tart looks amazing! I have yet to make a treacle tart, but this would be the best inspiration. What a wonderful combination of flavours:)


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