Baker’s Harry Potter Recipe: Treacle Tart

He felt it was a better use of his time to eat his way steadily through his steak and kidney pie, then a large plateful of his favorite treacle tart. – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This has got to be on the mind of most people who read Harry Potter and don’t live in the UK – What is treacle tart and why does Harry love it so much? Treacle isn’t quite molasses but is a syrup made during the process of refining sugar that just doesn’t seem that popular in the United States. It’s basically corn syrup and Treacle Tart is basically pecan pie without pecans. It makes sense why Harry would love it seeing as he was rarely given anything sweet by his aunt and uncle besides that single lemon popsicle.

Treacle (or golden syrup) can be difficult to find in the states. But Amazon seems to sell nearly everything, though it’s probably at a premium. So check locally. If for some reason you absolutely cannot find treacle, you could try mixing molasses and corn syrup, which will be close but not quite right.

Treacle Tart
Makes 1 10-inch tart

9 inch pie crust

1 pound of golden syrup (454 g)
4 ounces of bread crumbs, unseasoned by weight not volume
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
Butter to grease the pan

Mixing bowl
Pie Pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F(180 Celcius). Grease the pie pan with butter and roll out the pie crust. Use the leftover dough to either freeze for later or make a batch of Pumpkin Pasties. Line the pan with the crust and cut off the edges.

In a mixing bowl, combine the golden syrup, heavy cream, bread crumbs and lemon zest and mix until it is fully incorporated. If the mixture feels too runny, add in more bread crumbs. If too coarse, add in more cream. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes until the treacle has set. Allow it to cool before serving.

Serve the treacle with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.