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Goose Blood Tart

Trefeglwys, Powys

Gooseblood tart, a Christmas delicacy in parts of Montgomeryshire.

Gooseblood tart, a Christmas delicacy in parts of Montgomeryshire.

Oral evidence testifies that this cake was an essential part of the Christmas fare in the Trefeglwys district and similarly in the districts of Staylittle, Llanbryn Mair and Llangurig in Montgomeryshire.  To date, however, there is no evidence to show that it was prepared in any other county in Wales.

The Recipe

You will need

  • short-crust pastry
  • blood from a number of geese
  • one pound currants
  • one pound soft brown sugar
  • half a pound shredded suet
  • three teaspoonfuls mixed spice
  • four wooden spoonfuls golden syrup
  • a little salt


  1. Keep the blood of about three geese in a greased basin and immerse this basin in a saucepan half full of water. 
  2. Boil for about three hours and then allow the blood to cool and set in the basin.
  3. Take approximately half a pound of the solidified blood and rub it between the fingers to make fine crumbs. 
  4. Then add it to the syrup and all other ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  5. Spread this mixture thickly between two layers of pastry on a plate or shallow tin and bake in a hot oven for approximately half an hour.

Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire.

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