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Cooking Through Fiction: Harry Potter's Treacle Tart

Reading the Harry Potter series has given me many things. One of those things is a wider knowledge of British foods. Before Harry, I knew about fish and chips and scones. After Harry, there are loads of other dishes! Each one interesting in a new way.

I've never eaten a treacle tart, but this dessert is served at the first meal Harry eats in the Great Hall inside Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Based on the ingredients, I was a bit wary of what this would taste like. However, it's not bad! It's actually quite good. The flavors are difficult to describe because there isn't an American equivalent to me. Never had a slice? You should try this for yourself! It's an easy tart!

Never read the Harry Potter series? Here's a summary of what you'll find out in the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Harry Potter has no idea how famous he is. That's because he's being raised by his miserable aunt and uncle who are terrified Harry will learn that he's really a wizard, just as his parents were. But everything changes when Harry is summoned to attend an infamous school for wizards, and he begins to discover some clues about his illustrious birthright. From the surprising way he is greeted by a lovable giant, to the unique curriculum and colorful faculty at his unusual school, Harry finds himself drawn deep inside a mystical world he never knew existed and closer to his own noble destiny.

Harry Potter's Treacle Tart

Serves: 12–16

Level of Difficulty: Easy Peasy


1 (9 inch) pie crust pastry

1 cup golden syrup (or light caro syrup)

1/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup bread crumbs

1 lemon, zested

2 tablespoons lemon juice

How to Make

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Press the pie crust pastry evenly into the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate.

  2. Mix the syrup, cream, bread crumbs, lemon zest, and lemon juice together in a bowl; pour into the pie crust.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is set, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

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