Thursday, November 18, 2010

Harry Potter Week: Treacle Tart

They chose the one nearest a gold-colored cauldron that was emitting one of the most seductive scents Harry had ever inhaled: somehow it reminded him simultaneously of treacle tart, the woody smell of a broomstick handle, and something flowery he thought he might have smelled at the Burrow.

Now would be a good time for one of those "Woooooo!" clips they play on Saved By the Bell when one of the cast members gets some lip action.

Alright, alright...settle down.  We need to focus on what's really important here:  the fact that the first thing that comes to Harry's mind when he gets a whiff of Amortentia (the strongest love potion in the world) is a baked good.

And this is why he is the Chosen One.  Well, one of the reasons why.

Treacle Tart
Recipe from Evelyn on

Here's what you'll need:

pie crust pastry for a 9" tart
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup golden syrup*
2 Tablespoons lemon juice 
whipped cream, for garnish

If you're not familiar with the stuff, golden syrup is a sweetener made from syrups that remain after sugar is removed from the refining process (thanks Wiki.)  It's popular in the UK and the most well-known brand is Lyle's.  

 If you can't find it in your local grocery stores, you can order it online.  Or, if you're fortunate enough to live in the vicinity of a World Market, you can score some there.  They have an awesome imported foods section.  And throw pillow section.  And rug section.  And glassware section.  And...

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Roll out your pastry and press into a tart pan.  Trim off any of the excess dough.  You'll want to use it for the top of your tart.

In a small bowl, combine the oats, lemon zest and ginger.

Sprinkle half of the oat mixture over the pastry.  Pour the golden syrup on top.

Drizzle the lemon juice over the syrup then sprinkle the remaining oat mixture on top.

Roll out those dough scraps from earlier and cut them in strips to make a lattice top.  To think this technique used to look impossible when I was a kid.  It's all an illusion!

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Oops.  Sides are a bit high.

Treacle tart is a simple, comforting dessert that takes very few ingredients to make (assuming you use pre-made pie crust pastry like I did) but it's also very, very sweet.  Just a heads up.  Whipped cream really helps cut down on some of that sugariness.

Love potion.  With a crust.


  1. Oh my. I also totally made the WOOO sound. I still want to marry Zack Morris. Or join Zack Attack. Friends forever!

    I've got anxiety over the movie.

  2. Hey, been watching your blog for a while and I absolutely love it! Very fun to read and you also have a very original way of writing, love it! And then this recipe, again, just makes me want to drool..

    Can I come live with you? o.o oh pretty please???

  3. ok you were fixated that he smelled a baked good, i was concerned that he smelled WOOD. i'm just saying!

    this is adorable. i bet it'd be even better in mini-tart pans

  4. Margie - that episode is in my Top 5. Thought we always be together...I was sure our love would laaaaaast...

    MoonLight - hi there! Thanks for reading and commenting :D Great profile pic, btw.

    Angry Asian - LOL! Harry has a special relationship with his Firebolt.

  5. I loved that Casey Kasem narrated the episode. I'm certain Behind the Music stole this idea from them.

  6. What a fun post, love the crunchy oats addition to this. Gotta love Harry huh.

  7. What a unique recipe. I don't think I've ever had anything pairing oats and ginger. Looks scrumptious!

  8. Margie - oh, no doubt.

    Wendi - it's powerful stuff, I tell you.

    Anna - he's impossible not to love <3

    Christa - thanks! it's definitely different than anything I've tasted.

  9. I love that the potion smells different to everybody. Reading about the food in Harry Potter makes me drool and want a house elf. I've never had treacle tart, but the way Ron dives into it at every feast makes me want to try it.

  10. You should bake and watch Harry Potter movies at the same time.