The 30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 25: A Recipe

  • Day 25: A recipe.

This blog wouldn’t be the same without the nerdiness, so I decided to do a nerdy recipe!

This recipe for treacle tart comes from The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, by Dinah Bucholz. Many thanks to the author for testing the recipe and all that, since I didn’t create it. (I did make this once before, though.)

“Harry was too used to their bickering to bother trying to reconcile them; 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 Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling

“Master has not finished his soup, would Master prefer the savory stew, or else the treacle tart to which Master is so partial?”

     -said by Kreacher in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling

As you can see, Harry loves treacle tart. And with good reason, because when I made it, it was delicious! Very sweet and slightly lemony, even though it is basically just pastry, bread crumbs, and corn syrup.

Treacle Tart

Serves 8

Ingredients

For tart crust

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 2 cold large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For filling

  • 1 cup golden syrup or light molasses or corn syrup
  • 2 1/4 cups bread crumbs
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for brushing over crust

Directions

1. For the crust, place the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Scatter the pieces of butter over the flour mixture. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse yellow meal without any white powdery bits remaining, about 20 pulses. (If you’re mixing by hand, as I did, just keep mixing. It will take a long time, but you’ll get it done.) Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Beat the egg yolks with the cream and vanilla and pour them into the flour-butter mixture. Toss with a spatula until the dough clumps together. If the dough is dry, add 1 more tablespoon heavy cream (better too wet than too dry). Divide the dough in half, form into disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.

2. Just before you are ready to roll out the dough, prepare the filling. Warm the golden syrup in a saucepan until it is runny, or microwave it for 1 minute. Combine the golden syrup, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl and mix well.

3. Preheat the oven to 400o F. Remove the dough from the refrigerator. On a generously floured surface, roll out the larger disk to an 11-inch circle. Fold it into quarters, brush off the excess flour with a pastry brush after each fold, then unfold it into a 9-inch tart pan, easing the sides gently into the pan and pressing the dough into the fluted edges. (If the dough tears, you can patch it using extra pieces and a bit of water.) Trim the dough even with the rim. Roll out the second disk 1/8-inch thick. Cut the dough in long strips for the lattice topping.

4. Scrape the filling into the prepared crust and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Lay half the strips of dough over the filling in one direction and the other half in the opposite direction to form a lattice. (Or weave the strips over and under if you feel like it.) Trim the overhang. Gently brush the beaten egg over the lattice.

5. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 375F and bake for another 25 minutes, until the crust is browned and the filling puffs up in the center. Serve warm with custard, vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream.

What are you waiting for? Get in your kitchens, you Muggles, or if you’re lucky enough to be a witch or wizard, have your house-elf get to work! And if you make this recipe within a day and say, “More nerdy recipes, Nevillegirl! More!!”, then here you go.

About nevillegirl

Elizabeth. University of Iowa class of 2019. Triple majoring in English & Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's, & Sexuality Studies. Twenty-one-year-old daydreamer, introvert, voracious reader, aspiring writer, and lesbian. Passionate about feminism, mental health, comic books, and cats.
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2 Responses to The 30-Day Blogging Challenge, Day 25: A Recipe

  1. The Modern Home Economist says:

    What a fun idea. As a lover of all things Harry Potter I want this book 🙂

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