Welcome Back to The Book Club Cook Book Cooking Club project!
This month, we are hosted by Erin at The Spiffy Cookie.
Disclosure – this recipe freaked me out, and I suspect that’s reflected in the photo. I mean, adding bread crumbs to the filling?
I asked Camilla if she knew if this is a wartime food. She didn’t know, so I looked it up : the history of treacle tart. It is not a war time creation, but it is indeed a staple of poorer families. Bread and sugar. No fancy spices or fruits or meat. Just something sweet for a treat.
And sweet it is. The two main ingredients are sugar and sugar (molasses and golden syrup). Interestingly, if you use nuts instead of bread crumbs, you get pretty close to pecan pie. YUM.
(Check this out! Pecan Pie by The Smitten Kitchen YES!)
I added ginger to the filling to give it some flavor other than SUGAR, and it did smell delicious while baking. Ginger and molasses…. Smells like the holidays.
Also, I took a shortcut and used a frozen gluten free dairy free crust. (This may also be why I think it looks funny.) I want to bring this to work to share and a regular butter crust would make some of my coworkers very ill.
So how did it taste?
Sweet. Toothache inducing sweet. And it burned a bit. I was so concerned about it being too sweet that I added way too much ginger (something which I had thought was impossible given my passion for all things ginger). The gluten free crust is impossible to cut and utterly tasteless.
If I do this again….
Well, I’ll use pecans and a butter crust and make pecan pie. It was a worthy endeavor; I’d always wondered what treacle tart is. And now I know.
And no, I won’t give this to my coworkers. I like them too much, and I love my job.
Participants in The Book Club Cook Book Cooking Project:
This month Erin at The Spiffy Cookie, this month’s host, is giving away a copy of the book.* Enter to win a copy of the cookbook so you can join us in future months, if you wish!
One of our lucky readers – US and Canada only! – can enter to win a copy ofThe Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, courtesy of Tarcher-Penguin. Giveaway runs from November 1st till November 30st at 4 o’clock PM, Pacific time. Please see terms and conditions in the rafflecopter widget below. Many thanks to Tarcher Books. You may find Tarcher: on the web, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Pinterest.
*Disclosure: Erin received a complimentary copy of The Book Club Cookbook, Revised Edition: Recipes and Food for Thought from Your Book Club’s Favorite Books and Authors by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp as an opportunity to give a copy away. Opinions are our own. We received no further compensation for our posts.