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For years every November I would buy a tin of Lyle's black treacle, use the required two tablespoons of it in my Christmas cake and pudding and then leave it unused in my cupboard until the next November. Then I would open it, sniff it and decide it was past it's best. What a waste I thought last year so decided to try to use it up more. On the tin Lyle's suggest using it in treacle toffee, parkin or gingerbread on the sweet side. On the savoury side they suggested using it to coat salmon. I really didn't fancy that last one. I did try my hand at treacle toffee though. I found a recipe and it was delicious homemade. I also used the product to make some treacle scones successfully.
The treacle comes in a lovely old fashioned red and gold metal tin. It has a wide opening so you can easily dip a tablespoon in to it if you need to. Because the product is both runny and sticky it is easy to make the rim a bit of a mess when you dispense it. It is really important that you clean any residue off 100 per cent because even a tiny amount will stop the metal lid from sitting tightly on the tin. If exposed even slightly to air treacle develops a slightly unpleasant aftertaste. The makers say to use the product within three months of first opening. Much past that and it will not taste quite right.
Although sugary Lyle's treacle is made from molasses so that it actually contains minerals. For instance in 100g there us 500mg if calcium. So my treacle toffee is a health food of sorts. Any excuse to make again. I recommend any baker to try this product.
Lyle's Black Treacle is a must for your cupboard. It is made from cane sugar and molasses which give it a sweet, sticky consistency and very dark colour Not only is it a versatile cooking ingredient but it is one of the main ingredients of 'Treacle Toffee' a 'toffee to stick jaws together', often made and given on bonfire night. I never saw the recipients of my 'Treacle Toffee' again so it must work.
Lyles Black Treacle can be used in a wide variety of recipes from cakes and puddings to marinades for meat dishes such as pork and lamb. I have personally used it in Nigella Lawson's Ginger cake and it is delicious. Lyles Black Treacle has a rich burnt caramel flavour which adds a rich sweetness and colour to any recipe.
Size and storage
Lyles Black Treacle comes in regular size tin of 454g and costs approximately 54p in my local supermarket.. Its classic design with the Lyles lion and the black, gold and red pattern makes it easy to spot in any store. It should be stored in a cool place and used before the best before date as pressure can build in tins.
A richer substitute for its sister product 'Golden Syrup', make s great marinade for pork or ham, I am never without a tin in my cupboard.
I am not doing myself any favours by writing this review because as soon as I start thinking about Lyles Black Treacle I want some.
My wife buys this solely for the purpose of baking with, she makes delicious Gingerbread with it as well as treacle cookies and delicious dark rock cakes but I like it straight from the tin too.
I love this stuff spread lightly on digestive biscuits and even sometimes have some from the tin with a spoon. Lyles Black Treacle comes in 454g tins which are red in colour and have the famous Lyles sleeping lion on them making them instantly recognisable.
Lyles are probably more well known for their golden syrup, boiling their famous syrup further is how they make this delicious treacle.
This black treacle has a very strong taste and is really a bit love it or hate it, the main taste is one of a strong caramel but it has a bit of a charred taste that leaves a bit of an after taste and this will put many people off.
This black treacle can be used in many baking recipes but that is very much my wife's department, as I mentioned she makes some lovely cakes and biscuits using this but my wife herself would never eat this from the tin as I do as she says the flavour is far too strong.
My wife informs me that she purchased the last 454g tin from Asda at the price of 59p which to me seems very inexpensive for such a versatile and lovely product.
Spreads. Brand: Lyles. Lyles Black Treacle adds a distinctive rich flavor to tradtional recipes like Christmas pudding, parkin cake, treacle toffee and gingerbread.