The time is here. Tonight at mid­night I will enter the the­ater, don­ning my shiny new HP-inspired shirt and a grip of tis­sues to mop of my eyes.

I couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to send off Harry than with his very favorite dessert (pud­ding, if you will), trea­cle tart. Trea­cle tart is a tra­di­tional British dessert that uses golden syrup as a pri­mary ingre­di­ent, which is just a thick cane syrup. I thought is tasted much like liq­uid cot­ton candy. While the ingre­di­ents in trea­cle tart may seem a lit­tle odd an Amer­i­can audi­ence and the fill­ing seems far too soupy to set up, I assure you it works.

I came upon some golden syrup at the our reg­u­lar gro­cery store, so that made it easy. Find­ing a recipe that didn’t appear to bake up a tart of pure sugar was another story. I shifted and sorted and made up my own, adding some pureed apri­cots to it to try and off­set the intense sweet­ness of the golden syrup. Then I fig­ured, since I was already break­ing all of the rules that I would make it in my Baker’s Edge pan to make it eas­ier for serv­ing for a lovely Eng­lish tea.

Harry’s Farewell Trea­cle Tart

1 recipe Basic Pie Crust
1/2 pack­age of firm asep­tic tofu
1 1/4 cups of golden syrup
1 cup of chopped apri­cot (you could use peaches or some other fruit, too)
3/4 cups of fresh bread crumbs
2 tbsp. lemon juice

Pre­heat oven to 375. Press 2/3 of the chilled crust into the bot­tom and sides of a pan (can use a 9 inch tart pan or a 9x12 bak­ing pan). Cover with parch­ment and weight down with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20–25 min­utes, until slightly golden and dry to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool.

Lower oven tem­per­a­ture to 350. Com­bine the tofu, syrup and apri­cots in a food proces­sor and mix until smooth. Add the bread­crumbs and lemon juice to com­bine. Pour the fill­ing into the cooled crust. Roll out the remain­ing dough and cut into strips for the lat­tice top (not nec­es­sary, you can use the left­over pie crust for some Pump­kin Pasties, if you’d like!).

For bars, bake for 30–25 min­utes, until fill­ing is set and crust is browned. For a tart, bake for 45–50 min­utes. The edges might be slightly bub­bling, but that’s okay. Let tart cool on a cool­ing rack for 30 min­utes to set before serving.

While I’m sad to see this day, I’m delighted to remem­ber that the books are 10x bet­ter than the movies and I can read them any­time I’d like.

Til next time, Mr. Potter.

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8 Responses to it’s so hard, to say goodbye, with treacle tart

  1. I’m going to see the movie on Sun­day!! I can’t wait. God, I love Harry Pot­ter, and like with the books, I’m super-sad to see it end. :-( I LOVE that bal­le­rina dish, by the way. Amazing!!

    • Kris says:

      Thanks, it was a gift from my lit­tle brother months ago and I keep for­get­ting to use it. He’s a Pot­terite, so it was as good a time as any.

  2. Kelly says:

    Awwww. Man, I’m super sad too, even though I think the books are 1000000000000x bet­ter than the movies!

    Love love love your shirt… and the trea­cle tart. :)

    • Kris says:

      What I love about it all is that the movies just remind me of what I love about the books and you can pull the books out anytime!

  3. Leigh says:

    What a pretty pic­ture set up you made!

  4. Courtney says:

    Okay, so I saw it yes­ter­day. What did you think?? I would be curi­ous to hear your review…I feel like I am the only per­son in the world who didn’t think it was the great­est thing ever…


    • Kris says:

      Hmm… I think you’re prob­a­bly going to be in the minority.

      Nat­u­rally the movies never live up to the books, but I’ve def­i­nitely been enjoy­ing David Yates treat­ment of the books bet­ter than any of the other direc­tors. And I really, thor­oughly enjoyed this film. I made sure to have a grip of tis­sues going in and I destroyed them, cry­ing no less than 5 times. :)

  5. Courtney says:

    I know, I know. Every­one else has loved it. Don’t get me wrong–I didn’t hate it or any­thing, but I was very under­whelmed. I get that they have to leave things out because the books are so long, but it made me mad that they bla­tantly changed things…I really didn’t like that! But the books are *always* 10000000000 times better :-)