Product Review: Lyle's Black Treacle – Flapjacks, Gingerbreads, Stews and More!
Tasty Black Treacle Tins
What can you do with Black Treacle?
Sometimes you just impulse-buy a product right off the shelf – especially when it's on offer at a great price, and then you get it home. And then you scratch you head, and wonder why exactly you bought it, and what the heck you're going to do with it now that you've got it.
It's amazing just how cheap black treacle and molasses is, when you compare it with golden syrup. It's even more amazingly cheap when you compare it with honey. (Seriously. What is it with the price of honey these days. It would be cheaper to thicken up champagne with gold dust and swill oysters and caviar down with the end result.) The only problem is, black treacle isn't really a like-for-like substitution in recipes for either golden syrup or honey. It is extremely similar in texture: as far as the structure of the finished product is concerned, it is an adequate replacement. However, the taste is completely different, and extremely strong. The result isn't always unpleasant, but it is distinctly unlike the original intent and might not be to everyone's taste.
What is black treacle or molasses good for, and specially intended for? The association most people – or bakers, at least – would have with it is with gingerbread. For a strong, fiery gingerbread, black treacle is just right: dark and strong and almost savoury in its richness. I've been known to put it in flapjacks, too, but you'd need to be used to the flavour to acquire a taste for the end result.
Lyle's Black Treacle is probably the most well-known brand on the market, and in fact I'd be hard put to it to think of any other brand easily available. The tins are very like the Tate & Lyle Golden Syrup tins, except they are red rather than green and gold. But they still have the iconic lion and bees on the front!