Treacle Tart


The final Harry Potter film is almost here!!! I am so excited! Several of us got together and had a marathon of several of the movies. We made roasted chicken and potato skins, and for dessert, we ate Treacle tart! I researched on the internet to find “Harry’s treacle tart” but found that treacle tart is not a made up food item like butterbeer but a favorite British dessert. Treacle, or golden syrup, is made when sugar cane juice is converted to sugar. It is a similar texture of honey and light corn syrup, and many times these can be used as substitutions in recipes. In this recipe, I decided to use the actual treacle since it is the feature ingredient. The taste was distinct but is similar to pecan pie (a Thanksgiving favorite) minus the pecans. One recipe I found had hazelnuts incorporated into the batter, but most do not use nuts. I liked the treacle tart, though I think I will stick to the traditional pecan pies for holidays unless we are celebrating all things British, which is a common thing with me. Breadcrumbs give texture to the pie. After researching various recipes including several British versions, I came up with this recipe.

Traditionally the tart is served with clotted cream. I have no idea how to make it! So I just used sweetened whipped cream or ice cream. Golden syrup can be found in most grocery stores in the international section or next to the corn syrup. If you cannot find it, but use corn syrup and celebrate Great Britain and Harry Potter.

Treacle Tart

1 refrigerated pie crust (or your favorite recipes)
1 jar of Golden Syrup (11 oz)
2 eggs
¼ cup cream
1 stick butter
¾ cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a pie or tart plate with cooking spray and roll the crust over the edges. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the golden syrup and heat for about 2 minutes just until it is warm, stirring to combine. Whisk the eggs and cream together in a bowl. Add the vanilla and ginger. Slowly pour in the butter and golden syrup, whisking continually. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, and breadcrumbs. Pour into the crust and bake for 55 minutes. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Makes 1 pie.

P.S. I would like to thank J.K. Rowling. The books are outstanding and a work a genius. She has provided many people including myself with hours of entertainment! I have enjoyed getting to know her characters and the world of Hogwarts.


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