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Homemade Treacle Recipe

Recipe Source: Steve's Kitchen Super easy method to make treacle at home. This recipe is so quick to make also very perfect. You can use this treacle in cakes, scones, cookies and many more.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course American
Cuisine British


  • Sugar - 200 grams 1 cup
  • Water - ¼ cup
  • Sugar - 500 grams 2 ½ cup
  • Boiling Water - 1 cup
  • Lemon - ½ of a small lemon


  • Take 200 grams sugar and ¼ cup water in a big pot.
  • Put it on heat and mix on low heat till sugar is completely melted.
  • Now cook this till the sugar caramelize. Dont stir, just swirl the pan. cook till it gets nice golden colour. Then lower the heat and cook till sugars gets deep colour almost black.
  • Now slowly add in boiling water and keep mixing. It will splatter be careful. Once you added all the water mix well so the sugar comes back to a boiling point.
  • At this point add in 500 grams of sugar and mix well. Keep mixing on a low heat till all the sugar is melted,.
  • Now add in lemon slice into the syrup and mix well.
  • Once all the sugar is melted, put the flame to a low simmer (very low low flame) and simmer this for 15 to 20 mins till the mixture thickens little.
  • The mixture will look watery but once it cools it will thickens.
  • Now strain syrup and put it in a clean dry heat safe container when it is still hot.
  • set aside to cool down completely.
  • Now if you check it will be thickened like a treacle
  • Cover it and store it in your shelf for many months.


1)When you are caramelizing the sugar dont stir it, else it will crystalize the sugar. Just swirl the pan.
2)When you are simmering the sugar for the final stage, cook it on a very very low heat.
3)Adding lemon is important, the citric acid in the lemon will prevent the sugar from getting crystalized.
4)If have over cooked the syrup and once it cools down, if it gets too thick than needed, dont worry, empty the sugar in a pan and add more boiling water and simmer for couple of mins.
5)Store this in a clean, dry heat safe jar in normal cupboard and not in fridge.
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