I would like to make Nigella's Sticky Toffee Pudding for my grandma, as it was one of her favorites, but am uncertain what I should use for the black treacle in Australia. I have read that I am able to use blackstrap molasses as a substitute, or is original treacle OK to use? Thank you!
Nigella's version of Sticky Toffee Pudding (from AT MY TABLE) pays homage to the original rich sticky toffee pudding, but gives it a slightly darker edge with a hint of bitterness from using treacle and dark brown sugar.
Regular molasses can be used as a substitute for treacle, but blackstrap molasses can be very bitter and is not always a good substitute. It depends on your personal taste, as if you like the bitterness then you could use the blackstrap molasses. However if you are trying to create a more nostalgic dish for other people then we would suggest using ordinary or original treacle, which we understand is available in Australia.