Sunday, 27 March 2011

Complete disaster!!!

My parents have been in the UK for the last month and came to stay last night en route to London.  They've been entertaining and eating out and driving around and eating out...and eating I thought, instead of EATING OUT I would cook something here and we could just hang out, chat and not have out.  The main was easy...Nigella's Praised fail...crowd pleaser and...totally inexpensive.  So that was done, it was easy.  Dessert was a little bit harder to decide

In last month's Olive magazine there was a little insert about Sunday dinners, and in a recipe for Norfolk Treacle Tart...PERFECT! My parents have been in Norfolk this past seemed like destiny... wasn't meant to be.

The tart pastry is more like a cookie dough, it is soft, it has cream in it...the butter is soft when you make has to chill and then warms up very quickly after being taken out of the didn't roll out very tore very very very easily.  ugh ugh ugh...BUT the filling was easy to make, it smelled amazing (treacle, golden syrup, double cream...can't go wrong...oh and oatmeal) so I thought...this wacky crust MUST make sense...

Into the oven it went...intact...and out of the oven it came...

Not QUITE what the picture looked like in the magazine...not quite set...and...did the crust actually MELT off?? It did...incase you were wondering...all over the floor of my oven (thank you very much).

You should be very proud of me...I didn't cry, I didn't sulk...I just put it on the cooling rack and waited for my mum to arrive.  She will know what to do...

And she did...after both mum and dad tasted the filling (yum yum) we decided...we would just scrape it out of the crust (totally raw still on the bottom) and have it...over...ICE CREAM!

Norfolk Treacle Tart Ice Cream 


  1. thank god for mum eh?... I had such a bread disaster yesterday... dreadful baking day, must have been something in the air!

  2. Hooray for mums! They always know what to do - bet it was awesome over the ice cream. Don't dwell on the mishap, take delight that you've invented a new dish!

  3. bummer!! but..yes...mum to the recue! :) was totally tastey...reminded me of cookies n cream ice cream...but pie instead of cookies... :)

  4. At least you salvaged some of the dessert and did not have to bin the lot. We all have a disaster every now and again, usually happens when you have guests!

  5. Aren't mums great like that? I agree, disaster often strikes as guests arrive. We have someone for dinner tonight and I'm still trying to work out what to have. Not this treacle tart, methinks!

  6. Sounds like it was a success in spite of the dessert disaster, and your parents can just "go with the flow" which is so nice!