BBC navigation

BBC

Black treacle recipes

This is the British term for uncrystallised dark syrup, known as dark or blackstrap molasses elsewhere. It is the almost-black residue gathered from the late stages of the sugar refining process after the sugar has been removed, and is less sweet than other types of treacle. It has a thick, viscous consistency, and is rich in vitamins, minerals and iron. It gives a distinctively dark colour, burnt caramel flavour and moisture to baked dishes.

Buyer's guide

Black treacle is available from supermarkets and health food stores.

Storage

Keep in a dark, dry cupboard.

Preparation

Use black treacle as a sweetener in cakes, breads, toffee, biscuits, sauces, casseroles and Christmas pudding; it can also be used to glaze and marinate meat. Alternatively, dissolve it in warm water or milk to make a drink. To measure treacle, rinse the spoon in hot water or coat with bland vegetable oil so that the treacle slips off more easily.

Article by Sejal Sukhadwala

Quick recipe finder

Type the ingredients you want to use, then click Go. For better results you can use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "chicken breast"). Alternatively you can search by chef, programme, cuisine, diet, or dish (e.g. Lasagne).

Advanced search options

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.