Treacle tart

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Oats in the North, Wheat from the South: The history of British Baking, savoury and sweet

By Regula Ysewijn

Published 2020

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In the fantastic world of Harry Potter, elves often bake Treacle tart. In real England it is an old-fashioned school pudding and, just like Marmite, you either love it or hate it.

Combining breadcrumbs with a sweet syrup in baked goods dates from before the 19th century, but the Treacle tart that we know today came into existence some time after the invention of the iconic golden syrup in 1883. It’s called Treacle tart and not Golden syrup tart because treacle is th