This classic, British comfort food is just like grandma used to make. A perfect sweet and sticky pudding that’s great served with cream, custard or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Serves 8

treacle tart
For the pastry:

  • 250g (2¼ cups) plain flour
  • 75g (2/3 cup) icing sugar, sifted
  • 110g (1/2 cup) dairy-free butter
  • Pinch salt
  • 1-2 tsp cold water

For the Filling:

  • 295g (generous ¾ cup) golden syrup
  • Juice and zest 1 lemon • 100g (2 cups) fresh white breadcrumbs


  1. Put the all pastry ingredients, apart from the water, into a bowl. Rub together with your fingers until fine breadcrumbs are formed the bring together into a dough. If then mixture is a little dry add 1-2 teaspoon of cold water. Put the dough into the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 400° F/Gas 6. Roll out the pastry and line a 9-inch fluted tin. Prick the pastry base with a fork and blind bake for 15 minutes.
  3. While the base is cooking, gently heat the syrup in a pan until just warm and stir in the lemon zest and juice.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. If the filling looks too thin, add more breadcrumbs.
  5. When the pastry case is done, remove from the oven, add the filling and spread evenly. If you have any leftover pastry you can create a pretty topping.
  6. Place the pie back in the oven and turn the temperature down to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4, and bake for 15-20 mins more or until golden. Serve warm.

Per serving (104g) Calories: 408, Carbohydrates: 70g, Sugars: 39g, Salt: 0.82g, Fat: 12g, Saturates: 2.9g, Protein: 4.8g

Taken from October 2018 (Issue 43) Vegan Life Magazine


  1. Cynthia on February 27, 2020 at 5:38 am

    I live in the United States. What can I use for golden syrup?

    • Arlo Jones on April 13, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Sorry but nothing is a substitute for it, it has a unique flavour and I’m told trying to use corn syrup is just a waste of time. Treacle tart is more traditionally made with treacle if that is available in the US then you could use that in exactly the same amount. Treacle and golden syrup are different, but equally tasty, flavours!
      Golden syrup is “partially inverted” sugar syrup, there is a recipe to make golden syrup on pintrest but, caveat, I haven’t tried making it, or ever heard of anyone making it before, so I can’t vouch for it. Treacle is “unrefined” sugar syrup and I’m around 75% sure that is what you would call molasses. If you want to find either on line I’d advise you that the company most known for them is Lyle’s and they generally come in tins (green for GS and red for treacle).

      If you still can’t get a treacle tart after all that rambling I think I’ll be more disappointed than you will!

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