Treacle Tart with Orange-Date-Salad

Treacle Tart with Orange-Date-SaladJust a few weeks ago I started watching Downton Abbey and even if it is a bit – all right, very – melodramatic, I’ve become quite a fan. The actors (I simply adore Maggie Smith anyway), the setting, the costumes and, of course, Mrs. Patmores food inspired me to bake a really traditional British dessert – treacle tart!

As it’s a rather sweet dessert I serve it alongside a slightly sour orange-date-salad. Believe me, the combination is truly delicious!


Treacle Tart with Orange-Date-Salad

Yield: 1 tart (serves 4-6)
Preparation time: 1h 20 minutes
Baking time: 1h 10 minutes
Total time: about 3 hours


For the pastry:

  • 80g icing/confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 200g flour, sifted
  • seeds of 1 vanilla pod
  • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • a pinch of salt
  • 100g cold butter, in chunks
  • 1 tbsp. whole milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 egg, beaten, for brushing


For the filling:

  • 50g butter
  • 300g Golden Syrup
  • 100g honey
  • 50ml double/heavy cream
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 85 bread/challah/Hefezopf Crumbs
  • whipped cream, to serve

For the orange-date-salad:

  • 4 oranges
  • 12 dates
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. Grand Marnier (if you like)

Preparation Instructions:

For the pastry:

  1. Put confectioners’ sugar, flour, vanilla, lemon zest and salt in a bowl. Add cold butter quickly, rubbing the mixture with your fingertips until it resembles grated cheese.
  2. Combine milk and egg yolks in a smaller bowl and pour them into the flour mixture. Combine quickly to form a dough (don’t overwork it!). Let the dough rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Cover a tart pan with baking parchment.
  4. Roll out the pasty and line the tart pan with it. Gently press the pasty into the edges of the pan. Use a fork to perforate the pastry. Leave it to chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans before blind baking for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan form the oven; remove the baking beans and parchment and brush the pastry base with a bit of the beaten egg. Put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.

For the filling:

  1. Melt the butter, syrup and honey together in a pan over medium heat. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.Treacle Tart
  2. Pour the mixture into the tart case and bake for 25 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 140°C (275°F) and bake for 20 more minutes (or until set).
  3. Leave the tart to cool for at least half an hour. Decorate with whipped cream.

For the orange-date-salad:Orange-Date-Salad

  1. Fillet the oranges and put the slices into a bowl. Squeeze the leftovers into the same bowl (for orange juice).
  2. Cut the dates into small chunks and put them into the bowl as well.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and, if you like, 2-3 tablespoons of Grand Marnier.

(recipe of the treacle tart after “Deliciously Vintage” by Victoria Glass)


To get a printed version: Download the pdf.
(Both English and German versions available!)

Treacle Tart mit Orangen-Dattel-Salat

Treacle Tart with Orange-Date-Salad


2 thoughts on “Treacle Tart with Orange-Date-Salad

  1. Oh, I love Downton! I’ve been watching it since day 1 and Maggie Smith is simply impeccable. Great idea to pair treacle tart with something tangy – I usually serve it with custard to tone down the sweetness a little. Mrs Patmore would surely approve it 😉

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