Treacle Tart Recipe

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreNever mind that you have to face an uncooperative dragon at a Triwizard Tournament or that your best friends are quarreling, do as Harry does: enjoy a slice of treacle tart and forget your troubles till not a crumb is left.

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

The Pastry
  • 7 oz fl our + extra for work surface
  • 3½ oz butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt
The Filling
  • 15 fl oz golden syrup (international food section of your store)
  • 2¼ oz butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 5½ oz breadcrumbs (or cornflakes)
How to Make It
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl containing 1½ oz of the butter, cut into pieces, and rub together with your fingertips. When the mixture looks like coarse meal, add the egg and the salt, and 3 or 4 tablespoons of water collected from the lake on a starry night. Mix together well, roll into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a thickness of 1/8 inch and lay it in a round buttered tart ring. Prick the base using a fork, or simply use a Hedgehog-Roller spell. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top, cover with ceramic baking beans or dried beans, and bake blind for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the beans and sheet of parchment paper.
  5. Lower the oven temperature to 325°F.
  6. In a small cauldron or pan on low heat, melt the golden syrup, then add the remaining butter, cut into pieces, and the lemon juice. Take the pan off the heat, mix in the breadcrumbs or cornflakes, and pour into the tart base.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes in the oven, then lower the temperature to 275°F and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes, until the tart is golden brown and the filling soft.
  8. Let it cool and serve with whipped cream.
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