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!"