Making Treacle Tart

Harry Potter fans in the US may be surprised to know that this sugar pie has been around a whole lot longer than J.K. Rowling. As I discussed last week, it’s an ancient treat older than Dumbledore…even Hogwarts I’ll venture. A good treacle tart is sweet and lemony with just a hint of ginger spice. Served in a small slice — which is all anyone needs of something so sugary — it makes a soothing treat on a cold day.


Treacle Tart Recipe

While we’re making candy in a crust, I think a little treacle tart is in order as well, don’t you? There are a lot of contemporary recipes that add things like cream and eggs, but as with the shoo-fly pie recipe below, I like the more traditional and/rustic version. You’ll need:

1 recipe savory tart crust
16 ounces (1 1/3 cups) golden syrup or light molasses
3 ounces (1 cup) fresh bread crumbs or (1/2 cup) rolled oats
zest of 1 lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger