Treacle and Apple Tart with Treacle Sauce

(serves six)

150g plain flour,
sifted 50g caster sugar
75g unsalted butter
1 large egg yolk

125ml golden syrup
2 tbsp lemon juice

2 eating apples peeled, cored and sliced
25g unsalted butter
1 tbsp light muscovado sugar
juice of 1 lemon and half tsp finely grated zest 2 large eggs
225ml golden syrup
225ml double cream
75g soft fresh white breadcrumbs


icing sugar for dusting
300ml whipping cream, whipped

mix the flour, caster sugar and butter to a crumb-like consistency. Add the egg yolk and, if necessary, a tiny drop of water to bring the dough together. Form it into a ball, wrap it in clingfilm and chill for 1 hour.

HEAT THE SYRUP and lemon juice in a pan until smooth, then remove to a bowl, cover and chill.

Heat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5

ROLL OUT THE DOUGH thinly on a floured surface and line the base and sides of a 23cm tart tin with a removable collar. Trim the excess, line with baking parchment and dried beans, and bake for 20 min until starting to colour. Remove the paper and beans 5 min before the end.

TURN THE OVEN down to 160C/315F/Gas Mark 2.5.

Put the apples in the pastry case, dot with butter, sprinkle with sugar and half the lemon juice.

Whisk the eggs, remaining juice and zest, then syrup and cream, fold in the breadcrumbs and spoon over the apples.

Bake for 50min until golden. Once cool, remove the collar and dust with icing sugar. Serve with whipped cream and drizzle over the treacle sauce.

From "Treacle Alice's Cookbook"

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