Harry James Potter. The Boy Who Lived. The Chosen One. Treacle Tart Lover?
That’s right the illustrious Harry Potter loves treacle tart. In fact, it’s his favorite dessert. Want to make it your favorite? Better yet, want to make you the favorite baker envied by all and maker of the most coveted, most scrumptious treacle tart that ever graced the mouth of any witch or wizard?
Good. You’re in the right place.
This scrumptious, crumbly, gooey, recipe is perfect for all your mates for every occasion! With a flick of your wand, you can whip up this delectable treacle tart, however, we found it to be far more enjoyable sticking with strictly muggle techniques! No wand needed! That’s why this recipe is great to do with your underage wizards.
Note: The pie crust will need setting, so ensure you have proper time before you plan on serving. We find it easiest to make the treacle tart crust the night before.
Treacle Tart Ingredients
For the pastry:
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour + some for rolling out the dough
2 T sugar
1 Tsp salt
10 oz/ 2 ½ sticks thawed butter (For best results, use European style butter as it has less water. However, standard butter will work. Just a slightly different texture.)
5-6 T very cold water
Alternative: 2 ready-made pie crusts
For the filling:
1 cup golden syrup (can be found at many grocery stores)
2 ½ cups (110 g) fresh crustless breadcrumbs (To make bread crumbs, remove the crusts and lay the bread out to dry. It is ready when it is completely stiff. This can take a few days. For a quicker method, I have also seen people toast the bread, then remove the crusts.)
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 T water
Treacle Tart Materials
Measuring Spoons and Cups
Pastry Mat (optional)
Treacle Tart Instructions
The information below contains instructions on how to prepare the crust for our Treacle Tart Recipe. (Skip if you are using ready-made crusts)
- First, cut the butter into small cubes and place single-layered on a plate. Freeze for approximately 15 minutes. They should not be frozen. (If you are in a hurry, you are welcome to use magic to get them to the right temperature.)
- While the butter freezes, put ⅔ of the flour (does not need to be exact, just eye it), sugar, and salt in the food processor. Mix well. (For the best mix, we suggest using your wand)
- Add the butter cubes to the mixture and process until the dough begins to clump (about 25 short pulses). Sprinkle the remaining flour into the mixture and pulse until the dough is barely broken. This will take approximately 3-4 pulses/10 seconds.
- Transfer the mixture into a bowl. Sprinkle the mixture with 5 tablespoons of the very cold water and incorporate using a rubber spatula. Fold and press the dough until it comes together. If the dough does not stay together and is too crumbly, incorporate the last tablespoon of water.
- Form a ball with the dough and divide into two discs. Make one slightly larger than the other. Next, wrap the discs tightly in plastic foil. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight if you want to do this strictly the muggle way. Otherwise, you can use the spell impostato to set the dough.
The information below contains instructions on how to finish the treacle tart recipe once the crust has already set.
- Once the dough is done setting, preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- On a lightly floured surface (we like to use a pastry mat) roll out the larger disc into a 26 cm/10.2 inch circle. (If you are not using the recommended 9 inch pie pan, make sure your circle is large enough to cover the bottom and edges of your pie pan.) Place the rolled out pastry sheet in your pie pan. Press the dough into the fluted edges of the pan.
- Next, roll out the second disc into a circle approximately ⅛ inch thick and a diameter of about 9 inches. (If you are not using the recommended 9 inch pie pan, the circle will need to be as large as the size of your pan. i.e. 9 1/2 inches pan should be 9 1/2 inches in diameter.) Cut the pastry into long strips. This will be used to make a lattice pie crust at the end. Don’t worry about making them perfect. Things are like that when you do things like muggles.
- Using the food processor, make your breadcrumbs. Next, place the golden syrup into a small saucepan and warm slowly until runny. Then, thoroughly combine your breadcrumbs, syrup, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust.
- Next, you will be creating a lattice crust for the top of the treacle tart. To do this, place half of the pie dough strips you made earlier evenly in one direction over the filling. Then, place the other half of the strips in the other direction. If you want to throw a little magic into it, weave the pieces together. If you want to try it the muggle way, we found this lattice pie crust video (appropriately by a muggle!) quite helpful. Once finished, trim the edges.
- Finally, mix the egg and 1 T water. Brush this mixture over the lattice and pie edges. Again, if you don’t have a pastry brush, feel free to use magic at this step.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for another 25 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the filling puffs up in the center.
Harry Potter’s Favorite Treacle Tart Recipe Conclusion
Ready to eat like the renowned Harry Potter? We are too! Harry Potter’s Favorite Treacle Tart Recipe is wonderful served both hot or cold! Even better, eat it some when it’s hot, then eat the cold leftovers (if there is any—Harry Potter has great judgment because it’s that good!) the next day. All we know is that your guests–witches, wizards, and muggles alike–are going to be begging for the recipe!
We here at the Daily Prophet personally love serving it with custard or whipped cream for a little extra magic.
Did you try the recipe? Let us know if you love this recipe as much as our favorite hero in the comments below!
Do you want to eat more of Harry Potter’s favorite treats? Check out one of his favorite candies from his Hogwarts’ Days: Harry Potter Acid Pops Recipe