Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Homemade Pop Tarts


Almost everything I make is homemade.

Almost everything I make is from scratch.



I do this because I enjoy cooking and baking.
I also do this because I like to know all the ingredients that go into what I’m eating.  


If I had all the time in the world, everything my husband and I eat would be homemade from fresh and organic ingredients.  I can only imagine the day where I have a full vegetable and herb garden in my backyard.  And I wake up every morning and go to the chicken coop to pick up some fresh eggs.  One day this will happen.  This is one day that I wait for… 


Although I can’t bake and cook everything from scratch, I still try to do everything I can.  Lately I have been on kick on making fun homemade snacks.  Granola Bars, Marshmallows, Graham Crackers, Mochi… and now Pop Tarts!


Pop Tarts were so much fun to make!  They remind me so much of my childhood.  I loved pop tarts as a child – and older! – especially the brown sugar kinds.  They were one of my go-to snacks for a really long time.  So when I thought about making them homemade I got very excited!

 

Pop tarts are composed of a flaky pastry dough (similar to a pie crust) that are filled with any type of fillings you like.  The most common are brown sugar and jam.  And of course these are my favorite.  However, you can fill them with nutella, caramel… really anything your heart desires :).  This is what makes pop tarts so fun!

Sometimes you think that there are those items that just taste so good when purchased at the store – like marshmallows.  I totally thought that store-bought marshmallows are hard to beat, but I got that wrong fast!  Homemade marshmallows are soooo much better!  And ice cream sandwiches.  Ice cream sandwiches are brought to a whole new level when made with homemade ice cream and cookies.  And now there are pop tarts!  I always thought that store-bought pop tarts are too good in the stores to beat anything else.  But I was wrong again!  Fresh, flaky, and homemade pop tarts are far more amazing than their store-bought counterpart.  


Homemade pop tarts are not only a great snack, but are a perfect treat in the morning.   Have it on the go while rushing out to work.  Or have it while your reading your morning newspaper with a cup of coffee (or milk!).  Wait… do people read the newspaper anymore?  Maybe its better to say while your watching the morning news on TV.  Or surfing the Internet in the morning.  Whatever you are doing, a homemade pop tart is the perfect companion!  


Enjoy these sweet treats :)!


 





Homemade Pop Tarts
For Printable Recipe, Click here!

Makes: 8 Pop Tarts

Pastry Dough
2 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter
1 egg
2 tbsp. Milk

Cinnamon Sugar Filling
*Makes enough to fill all the tarts
½ cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
4 tsp. All Purpose Flour

Jam Filling
*Makes enough to fill all the tarts
¾ cup Jam
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 tbsp. Water

Alternate Fillings
8 tbsp. Nutella
8 tbsp. Chocolate Chips (or White Chocolate Chips)
8 tbsp. Caramel
8 tbsp. of anything you like

1 egg, beaten, to brush the pop tarts with

To make the pastry dough, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.  Cut the butter into 1-inch cubes.  Work in the butter with your hands or a fork, until the butter is the size of peas.  Whisk together the egg and milk and then pour it into the dough mixture.  Mix until the mixture is cohesive.  In the bowl, knead the dough until it forms a ball.

Divide the bough in half and form each ball of dough into a disc. Working with one disc of dough, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Roll it out in a rectangle until it is about 9x12 inches and 1/8-inch thick. Cut the dough into 3x4 inch rectangles.  Place the rectangles on a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator until needed.

While the dough is in the refrigerator, make the fillings.  You can either a full recipe of one filling if you plan on only using that filling or you can make ½ or ¼ recipe of each filling if you plan on using multiple fillings.

To make the cinnamon sugar filling, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and flour.
To make the jam filling, combine the jam, cornstarch, and water in a small saucepan.  Bring the mixture to a boil and then lower to simmer.  Stir for 2 minutes and remove from heat.

To assemble the tarts, take the dough squares out of the refrigerator.  On half of the squares, brush the beaten egg on the whole surface.  Place 1 tbsp. of filling in the center of the pastry square, leaving a ½ inch of perimeter around the edges.  Continue with the rest of the squares that you brushed the egg on.  Cover each square with the another square, and using your fingers press firmly around the edges of each tart to seal the dough.  Then, using a fork, press the edges.  Gently prick the top of the tarts with a fork.  Put the tarts back into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Take the tarts out of the refrigerator and bake for about 20 minutes, until the tops are golden brown.  Transfer to a cooling rack and cool until room temperature.  These can be kept in an airtight container for about 1 week.  If you want to keep them longer they can be frozen.  Enjoy :)!

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen.

6 comments:

  1. You can tell Meli is out of town, since she did not comment on you having chickens... love the pop tarts, they look wonderfully delicious.

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  2. This brings back memories. My parents used to buy Toaster Strudels by the case at Sam's. Ugh, I used to devour those things.

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  3. First off, I'd like to say I love this recipe. I love pop tarts, but store ones always taste just a little fake, and I've always wanted to know how to make them myself. I'm currently in the process of making these, but the dough is turning out extremely sticky and isn't quite coming together. I'm new to baking, so I was wondering: is this normal, and do I just keep kneading, or did I do something wrong?

    Thanks!

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  4. @Aviva

    Hi Aviva,
    So glad to hear that you are making the pop tarts! You are doing nothing wrong :), the stickyness is normal. Depending on the temperature in your kitchen sometimes there is extra moisture in the air. If so, you will need to add more flour to compensate for that. I would add more flour 1/4 cup at a time and see if that alleviates the stickyness and allows the dough to properly come together. Let me know if this helps!
    Enjoy :)
    - Krissy

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