Norfolk Treacle Tart

Have you ever been to Norfolk? No? Me either but I got a little taste of it when I was asked to recreate taste of the region by baking Norfolk Treacle Tart as a part of challenge.

If you are not familiar with they provide cottage holidays across UK but also Ireland, France and Italy. Self-catering breaks they offer are great for people who want to try local cuisine of the area they are visiting, rather than to stick to standard hotel meals.

classic treacle tart recipe

Personally I like to learn about places by living like locals, even if it is for a few days only. Therefore renting a cottage for holidays makes perfect sense to me. Having looked at their website I particularly liked this Captain’s Cottage in Winterton-on-Sea that is not only beautiful but it is also located 5 minute walk from the sea. I can easily imagine our family waking up in the cottage, preparing home-made breakfast before heading on a trip to discover the town and beach…

Norfolk UK cottages


  • 220 g / about 8 ounces sweet shortcrust pastry (best home-made)
  • 110 g  / about 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 8 tbs golden syrup / about half a 450 g tin
  • 2 eggs (beaten)
  • 4 tbs double cream
  • zest of 2 lemons (finely grated)

traditional British tart with golden syrup and lemon zest


  • shallow 23 – 24 cm /about 9 inches ceramic tart dish or tin (nonstick tin with removable base would be best)
  • saucepan
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk

how to make treacle tart


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Line tart tin with the pastry and bake it until only slightly golden.
  3. In a pan warm the butter and syrup together, just enough for the butter to melt but not letting the mixture get too hot.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool a little.
  5. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and lemon zest together.
  6. Gradually whisk in the warm butter and syrup mixture, then pour the mixture into the pre-baked pastry case.
  7. Place it back in the oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes longer or until the center is set.
  8. Let the tart to cool down completely before sharing.

Makes 8 – 10 servings. 

easy treacle tart treacle cake recipe


I’m submitting this recipe to the #BakeoftheWeek hosted by Sarah of Maison Cupcake and Helen of Casa Costello.

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Your thoughts…

  1. Wow this sounds like a sweet tart – I bet it would be amazing with some cream too. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Norfolk but my mum has only just last week come back from a week there and has been singing its praises! Thanks so much for joining in with #BakeoftheWeek

  2. Thank you Helen, yes, cream sounds like a very good idea… why I did not think of that? :)

  3. This looks divine Margot! The blue of the plate sets off the golden treacle filling beautifully! Thanks for joining in with #BAKEoftheWEEK !

  4. Thank you Sarah. I have inherited this plate after my granny… I have couple of smaller ones to go with it as well.

  5. I love treacle tart. We make it with raspberries at the bottom to give it a bit of fruitiness against the sugar. I had no idea it was a Norfolk thing! Those cottages look beautiful. Idyllic setting for a little break and as you say a much better way to get to know an area. I hadn’t heard of this cottage website. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh, I like idea of adding raspberries! They would complement this tart very nicely… thanks for the tip :)
    I’m not sure if all treacle tarts are Norfolk thing or only this particular one with lemon zest. And yes, the cottages look amazing… definitely will be considering this type of holidays next time.

  7. This looks so delicious, treacle tart is one of my all time favourite desserts! So great for when you don’t have many ingredients in the house as well. That cottage looks idyllic!!

  8. Yes, I know. All you need is couple of ingredients that are usually in the cupboard anyway :) And it tastes sooooo good. The cottage looks indeed amazing.

  9. I’ve never heard of the Norfolk Treacle tart before – I must try this version.

    We love having a cottage in the UK and being self catering.

  10. My gosh, that cottage looks amazing, I am already working my way through the website planning my summer holiday.

  11. Oh my gosh, that cottage is just perfection! Sign! And the treacle tart looks delicious too

  12. Mmmmm, treacle tart! Together with sticky toffee pudding, it is the epitome of English pudding deliciousness! The cottage looks gorgeous, and I have a soft spot for Tate & Lyle as their factory is right across the dock from our house :)

  13. I love treacle tart, it’s one of my favourite puddings and we always holiday in cottages, it’s just so much easier with a toddler.

  14. I haven’t been to Norfolk on holiday since I was a child, but I have considered renting a holiday cottage there and spending a week exploring. I am loving your regional treacle tart recipe, I do love reading about regional variations and this looks delicious.

  15. What a great British recipe. I’m going to have to make it, maybe I can turn it into a great Aussie recipe too :)

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