Thursday, August 9, 2012

Homemade Pop-Tart Pastries

If you Google "homemade pop-tarts" you'll find tons of great recipes!  I've been wanting to try making them for a while now, and decided today would be the day.  I had some leftover pie crust dough in my fridge from the Blueberry Nectarine Pie I made last weekend for Tuesdays With Dorie. 

You can begin with your own pie crust recipe, or with store-bought refrigerated pie crust.   Roll out your dough to about 1/8 inch thickness.  If you'd like to make rectangular or square pastries use a ruler as your guide to make straight cuts.  I didn't have a large portion of leftover pie dough, so I cut circles instead, using a round biscuit cutter.  You'll need two pieces of dough per pop-tart. 

Place the circles of dough on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Spoon the filling of your choice in the center of the dough.  I used storebought strawberry jam in some of my pop-tarts, but how good would homemade jam be?!

For the others I made a quick apple filling by peeling and chopping up an apple and cooking it down with about 3 tablespoons of sugar, a dash or two of cinnamon, a dash of salt, a teeny pat of butter, and a drizzle of water.  I let it bubble on medium low for a few minutes until the apples were cooked.

Place the crust on top and crimp with a fork, all the way around. 

Pierce the top crust with a fork several times to allow the pastry to vent, and bake for 20 minutes or so until lightly golden on top.

Cool on a wire rack and try your hardest not to bite into one just yet.  The glaze!  You must add the glaze!!

In a small bowl, stir together some powdered sugar, a drizzle of milk, and a few drops of vanilla extract.   Spoon over the pop tarts and spread around a bit with the back of the spoon.

Resist.   You can do it!   Allow the glaze to set.  Shoo away your children who claim to be starving.  These pop-tarts are worth the wait!

Finally, pour glasses of cold milk for yourself and your fainting-with-hunger children, sit down together at the kitchen table, serve pop-tarts to your children and yourself, savor each bite of the flaky, sweet pastry, and enjoy the Mmmmmmm's you'll hear.   As my 5 year old said, "You're the best mom EVER!"

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