HOMEMADE POPTARTS

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Important ingredients!

The thing I discovered about making these homemade Pop Tarts (and from making “homemade” food in general) is that I shouldn’t expect the food to taste like what I would get out of the package. The main ingredient for these pop tarts is pie crust–what I made was pie crust with jelly. So when anyone asked about how they tasted, it’s honestly more of a pastry flavor, than the saccharine sweet that many come to expect from the Pop Tart brand. They were good, I just wish my expectations were better set up.

I combined these two recipes I found on Pinterest for my own. I did not make my own pie, and I did not make my own preserves. This is the quick and dirty recipe. (Theoretically, it’s pretty fast to make them on your own, but there’s still a significant cooling time before frosting the pastry). In the future, I would either choose to do a different flavor –cinnamon sugar, for sure–or change the crust and use a puff pastry instead.

Ingredients:

Pastry: 

  • Store-bought refrigerated pie crust (2 per box)
  • Strawberry preserves

Icing: 

  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk

Instructions: 

  • Pre-heat oven per the directions on the pie crust.
  • Roll out pie crust on parchment paper on a flat surface.
  • Using a small knife, slice crust into 8 sections.

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  • Using a spoon, dollop desired size of preserves onto half of the slices.

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  • Place other half of slices on top of the preserve’d crusts and secure together by pressing together with a fork.
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Don’t forget the holes on the top for venting!
  • Transfer un-baked pop tarts onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or use the parchment paper from the assembly process.
  • Bake in the oven for amount specified in on the pie crust box, about 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Repeat process with second crust!
  • While the pastry is baking, make your icing (if you prefer to wait until the pop tarts are cooled before doing this, I would recommend that, otherwise it’s just sitting out while you wait for them to cool).
  • Combine ingredients of the icing into a bowl and mix well. Add more milk for desired consistency. Once the pop tarts are completely cooled – use a spoon to drizzle desired amount of icing on it. Add sprinkles for fun.

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  • Eat right away or re-heat in the microwave later for a tasty treat!

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Enjoy 🙂

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