Easy treacle sponge

Easy treacle sponge

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(50 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins - 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 8

A simple baked version of this classic childhood pudding, with a zesty treacle sauce forming an irresistible puddle at the bottom

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal512
  • fat23g
  • saturates13.7g
  • carbs70.1g
  • sugars49.6g
  • fibre0.9g
  • protein5.6g
  • salt1g
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  • 250g golden syrup
    Golden syrup

    Golden syrup

    goal-dun sir-rup

    Golden syrup is a translucent, golden-amber coloured, sweet syrup

  • zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½ lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 5 tbsp breadcrumb
  • 200g pack butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 5 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix the syrup, lemon zest, juice and breadcrumbs and spread over the base of a 1.5 litre baking dish.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs, one by one. Stir in the flour and milk and dollop over the syrup. Bake for 35-40 mins until golden and risen, and a skewer poked into the sponge comes out clean-ish. Eat with lots of custard, cream or ice cream and extra dribbles of syrup.

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5th Apr, 2013
Diana I would use the same amount of jam as syrup, that's what I do when making a sponge in the microwave. A microwaved sponge is lovely, very light and only takes about 10 mins to cook.
26th Mar, 2013
Has any one made this with jam? how much should I use
8th Mar, 2013
Loved it just as writ
6th Mar, 2013
Easy and tasty, and goes very well with custard. It's also very good (I think better) with orange rather than lemon.
26th Jan, 2013
Made this dessert for friends, everyone loved it. I didn't use more than a couple of drops of lemon juice, as I didn't want it to taste lemony. I also reduced the recipe by a 1/3. Will definitely make it again. Simple and easy to make.
16th Jan, 2013
I made this last night, very simple to make, though i didnt use much lemon juice as i didnt want to take away the treacle flour, very light fluffy and moist, also there is plenty left over for dessert tonight : )
25th Oct, 2012
Where is the treacle?
29th Jul, 2012
I agree with the less breadcrumbs and less lemon comments above. I think that more syrup is required too, although my family loved it.
17th Jun, 2012
gorgeous! i halved the recipe and was ample for four people, so quick and easy, went down a treat with custard
17th Jun, 2012
This is delicious and was eaten well by the whole family! Will be making it again!


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