For the filling*:
900g (2 lb) treacle
An equal amount of water
Zest of tangerine, orange and lemon
A small amount of candied peel (optional)
A pinch of cloves
2 tablespoonfuls jam
For the pastry*:
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon butter
Water to bind
* You can use half the amount if you only plan to make 3 rings. Adjust amount of all ingredients accordingly.
Sprinkle the baking trays with semolina. Put aside.
For the filling
Place all the filling ingredients, except for the semolina, into a saucepan.
Bring to boil and thicken with semolina. Add half the amount at a time and stir, then add the remainder ingredients. Cook for a few minutes. Let cool for several hours, preferably overnight.
To make the pastry
Sieve the flour, rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Bind with egg yolks and water. This pastry will keep well, wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
Divide the pastry into six pieces, and roll out one piece at a time into rectangles. Again out of each rectangle cut out rectangles, 10cm(4") wide x 18cm(7") long. Depending on how thin you roll out the pastry you will have several strips now ready for the filling.
To make the treacle rings
Take a dessertspoonful of the stuffing and place it on the cut rectangle, shaping it into a sausage shape 3-4cm (ab.1 1/2") thick and as long as the pastry rectangle. Dip your fingers into semolina, sprinkled on the board to help you shape it. Fold the pastry over - there's no need to dampen the edges.
Bring the two ends of the folded pastry roll together in order to form a ring.
As each ring is ready place on the prepared baking sheets. Do not let the rings touch each other. When they have all been prepared, cut five or six slashes on top of each ring with a sharp knife, lifting the pastry gently so as to let the stuffing show through.
Bake in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is only slightly coloured. Let cool. You can wrap these in cellophane to give as gifts. The fresher they are the tastier of course! Enjoy!