Friday, 19 October 2012
Vegan MoFo VI, Day 19 - British Food Friday - Treacle Tart
So, treacle tart - technically, it doesn't actually have treacle in it. It's made with golden syrup. Also, breadcrumbs! So you're basically eating a crust full of syrup and bread. There's almost nothing else in it. I always found treacle tart to be the kind of thing that sounded both horrific and delicious, and this was before I even knew what was in it.
I can't even remember the first time I had treacle tart, but it was well after I'd moved to Scotland. It was pretty much exactly what I expected - a little bit dirty, but addictively delicious. I struggled to not eat the whole package.
I knew I had to make treacle tart at some point - it was one of the recipes that made me decide on this theme. So I looked up recipes and landed on this one from a few MoFos ago. I had all the ingredients on hand, and it looked pretty easy, so I went for it.
Well, it wasn't quite so straightforward. Part of this is to do with my hateful kitchen - I don't have the best surface for making pastry, so the rolling out of the pastry was a bit of a project. Then it turned out that the filling didn't actually fill the crust! So I ended up having to nearly triple the filling. I also ran out of syrup, but luckily I had a bottle of the maple-flavoured syrup, so I used a bit of that. I'm so glad I made my own breadcrumbs because I used nearly all of them, and it was more than would've been in a box.
In the end, it all worked out. Everyone loved it. It had just a hint of maple flavour, which made it a little different than the usual treacle tart. I might try to recreate this on purpose some day, but it might not happen until after I get a new kitchen (or maybe use someone else's).