Treacle Tart recipe, Harry Potter's favorite dessert

Tomorrow is September 1! The day Hogwarts goes back to school and, this year, the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone being released in the U.S. To celebrate both, I’ve made Harry’s favorite dessert: treacle tart! If you’re like most Americans and have no idea what the hell a treacle tart is and have always wondered what Harry was so enamored with them for, spoiler alert: they’re super delicious. And wicked quick and easy to make! The only thing you’ll need that you may not have used before is golden syrup, which you can find in most grocery stores. It’s also available online from Amazon. Be warned, it is insanely sticky.


Wicked Quick Treacle Tart


  • 1 9 inch pie crust or shortcrust pastry (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup white breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F, 190C.

  2. Prepare, thaw or otherwise ready the pie shell you've chosen.

  3. Combine the breadcrumbs, golden syrup, whipping cream and both the zest and juice of one lemon in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir.

  4. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and smooth out the top if necessary.

  5. Pop into the oven for 35 minutes. Allow to cool a bit before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • For the crust, you can make a more traditional shortcrust pastry, perfect for tarts. But if you lack the time, tools or skill, using a frozen pie crust from a brand you trust is a perfectly serviceable option as well.
  • If you get the Lyle's brand of golden syrup, there won't be much left after you measure out a cup from the canister. Just dump the whole thing in, as that will be a lot easier and less messy. Your tart will just be slightly gooier, or, if that's not to your taste, just sprinkle a few more breadcrumbs in. 



That’s it! How easy is that? Once you give this a try and see how quick and delicious it is, I predict you’ll be making it often. I know I will be! Happy U.S. anniversary, Harry Potter!




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