Ginger treacle rye cocoa tart Recipe

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Ginger and treacle rye cocoa tart
(Image credit: TI Media Limited)
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 30 mins
Total Time1 hours 50 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories403 Kcal20%
Fat10.5 g15%
Saturated Fat5 g25%
Carbohydrates76 g29%

This striking ginger treacle rye cocoa tart is very rich so one slice goes a long way.

Our ginger treacle rye cocoa tart is sure to put a smile on the face of any sweet-toothed guest you have over for dinner. The rye cocoa tart case makes a nice change from classic shortcrust pastry and helps balance the sweetness of the stem ginger and golden syrup. Rye bread has a good amount of bite and a subtle sweetness, which is why we’ve chosen it. This is an excellent recipe for using up leftover bread that’s a little stale as we blitz it to breadcrumbs. You could also try our bread and butter pudding or for something savoury, give this recipe for asparagus, mushroom and bacon Stratas a go.


  • 3 balls stem ginger, finely chopped, the syrup drained and set aside

for the pastry:

  • 110g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 145g wholemeal rye flour
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 100g cocoa
  • 1 egg

for the filling:

  • 700g golden syrup
  • 110g rye breadcrumbs
  • 110g white breadcrumbs
  • zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • ½tsp ground ginger
  • ½tsp nutmeg
  • 3 eggs

you will need:

  • 20cm pastry tin, greased; baking beans or dry rice


  1. For the pastry, put the butter in a bowl with the rye flour and a pinch of sea salt flakes. Rub the butter and flour together until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sift in the icing sugar and cocoa. Add the egg and 40ml cold water, if needed, and mix until the dough comes together. Shape into a ball, flatten into a disc, wrap in clingfilm and rest in the fridge for 45 mins.
  2. Roll out the cooled pastry onto a floured surface and line the tin with it. Prick the base all over with a fork; chill for 30 mins.
  3. Heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Line the pastry with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans or dry rice. Bake blind for 20 mins. Remove the beans and paper, and bake for 10 mins more.
  4. Mix the filling ingredients with half the ginger pieces. Reduce the oven temperature to 170C/Gas 3. Trim the pastry edges, add the treacle mix and bake for 1 hr or until the filling is golden.
  5. Scatter over the remaining ginger pieces, drizzle with leftover syrup and serve.
Top Tip for making Ginger treacle rye cocoa tart

Serve with ice cream for an indulgent dessert

Chef, Food Writer, and Podcast Host Elişa Roche trained under Jamie Oliver as part of Channel 4 show Jamie's Kitchen before working at some of London's best restaurants. She has cooked at No10 Downing Street and for celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, U2, and Sir Paul McCartney. 

She now hosts a podcast about careers in the food industry and loves to mentor newcomers. Before that, Elişa worked as Group Food Director and TI Media and then Future, commissioning, art directing, and producing food and drinks content across more than 20 magazines and their associated websites and special issues.