Treacle is a syrup, also known as golden syrup. There is a dark version that is known as black treacle or dark syrup and is more bitter compared to the sweeter golden syrup. Treacle can be used to make tarts, but it can also be used to make the delicious, melt in your mouth, treacle fudge! In continuation of my Harry Potter tribute, I could not resist making this sugary treat, as Harry seems to be quite a fan of anything with treacle!
(Adapted from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook)
-1 cup sugar
-1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, unsalted
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-2 tablespoons dark or golden treacle (I used golden)
-1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
Lightly grease an 8-inch pan and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, dark brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, treacle, and cream of tartar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continuously until the butter has completely melted and everything is combined. If sugar crystals start to form, use a pastry brush dipped in warm water to brush down the sides of the pan.
Continue to cook the mixture without stirring until a candy thermometer reads 240 degrees F. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Allow the mixture to cool for about 5 minutes.
Using a hand held beater, or spoon, stir the mixture vigorously for about 15-20 minutes. This will get tiring, but the end result is worth the effort! Keep beating the mixture until it is no longer glossy and starts to thicken up like peanut butter.
Scrape the mixture out of the pan and into the prepared dish. Pat the mixture down to make sure it is smooth on top and evenly spread. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to harden and cool. Cut into squares and pop a piece of magic into your mouth! I promise, as unhealthy as this recipe is, it is worth the indulgence!
For more Harry Potter related recipes, see my Harry Potter page. Enjoy!