Harry Potter 7 part 2 is coming out tomorrow and I'm going to see the midnight showing at the drive in with some friends...
They are playing part 1 at about 9:30, and then part 2 at midnight with the rest of the country. This is awesome but poses some problems. First, we have to get to the drive in at like
So, Ashley and I came up with the idea of a Harry Potter picnic to abate our hunger and help us to get psyched for the show. Ashley is making butterbeer and cauldron cakes, Janelle is making licorice wands and some other candy, Taylor is making pumpkin juice and cockroach clusters and I agreed to make treacle tarts. For those of you who are less nerdy than I...
Treacle tart is featured in the Harry Potter books, and is known to be Harry's favourite food. He is often depicted as eating the dessert during various Hogwarts feasts, and the aroma of the dessert features prominently in "the most powerful love potion in the world" for Harry in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which gives off the combined smell of each individual's favorite scents.
I was under the impression that "treacle" was some made up fruit or something (it's not) and was prepared to make some tiny pies and call them treacle tarts, but upon further investigation I found out that treacle is not only a real thing but there are actually real treacle tarts. So, naturally, instead of finding a trusted recipe, I went on a Harry Potter recipe fan site and decided, yes... this is the recipe I will use...
|Very legit/ detailed recipe|
|Directions: to make one 9" pie crust, mix half a bag of |
the mix and 2 tsp and 2 tbs of cold water.
|You can't quite see this because of the label,|
but the molasses bottle was full when I started
and I used an entire 1/2 a bottle.
So at this point, I've greased my tiny muffin pans. Then rolled out my dough. Next direction... "line each cup of the miniature muffin pan with pastry rolled as thinly as possible." Oh crap, how do I do that? Well, luckily for me, I found a tiny goblet in my cabinet with a diameter that looked right so I used it to make tiny little perfect circles.
|Mini Hufflepuff cup|
|Christmas cookie pie crusts|
I'm not particularly proud of this but I read "line each cup of the miniature muffin pan with pastry rolled as thinly as possible." as "line each cup of the miniature muffin pan with pastry rolled as thinly as possible!!!!" So I accepted the challenge of the author and rolled each tiny circle into a flatter, slightly less tiny circle and then shoved it into the tiny muffin cup.
At 7:40, an hour after I started, the crust was finally put into the muffin cups. I also decided to sprinkle sugar on the crust because, what else could you add to 1/2 a bottle of molasses other than more sugar?
|Sidebar part 2... Respectable snake next to a spoon for scale|
As I, indefatigable, continue to make this treacle filling for these joke tarts, I happen upon the thought that this is the hardest I have ever worked cooking something that I'm not positive will actually taste good... after all, molasses? Personally, I'm kind of "Eh" about it.
So I "warm" the molasses in a saucepan for about a minute (thank you other not-so-specific directions) on low heat until it gets more... liquid-y... for lack of a better term... and then I add the ground ginger, which is as expensive as ground gold, and the plain breadcrumbs.
Quick side-note, the recipe on the back of the plain breadcrumbs is for "Italian meatloaf." I would think that the first step for making Italian meatloaf would be to purchase Italian seasoned breadcrumbs. No? Just me?
So I'm stirring and marveling at the fact that this tart filling is not a liquid... It looked less like ground beef in real life. Promise. I also think, wow, this is a lot of treacle filling.
It should also be known that at this point, it is now 8:10, One and a half hours after I began the task of making treacle tarts.
It should also be known that 15-20 minutes in the oven, really means almost 30. Making the total time it took to make these buggers come to 2 hours.
|Finished treacle tarts|
|Cutest little guy I've ever seen.|
Will they be Gabby's favorite food as well as Harry's?
I'll let you know tomorrow.
EDIT: These will not be my favorite food, but they were better than I thought they'd be... odd texture, very molasses filled. I'm glad I tried them for HP7P2, but I don't expect them to be a repeat :)