Hey there, dear readers! Today, I’m excited to share a bit of nostalgia from my childhood – Homemade Pop Tarts! Yes, those sugary, fruity pastries that were a special treat on Saturday mornings are coming to life in my kitchen. So, join me on this journey I like to call “Blast from the Past: My Homemade Pop Tart Adventure”. I guarantee these will taste even better than the ones you remember!
For the Pop Tarts:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 4-5 tablespoons ice cold water
- 1/2 cup fruit jam of your choice
For the Glaze:
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Sprinkles for decoration (optional)
- Make the pastry: In a large bowl, I combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Then, I add in the cold, cubed butter and rub it into the flour using my fingers until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. I gradually add the ice water, stirring just until the dough comes together.
- Chill the dough: I divide the dough into two equal pieces, wrap each in plastic, and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat my oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Assemble the Pop Tarts: I roll out one piece of dough into a rectangle, about 1/8 inch thick. I cut out rectangles, re-rolling the dough as needed. I place a spoonful of jam onto half of the rectangles, leaving space around the edges. Then, I cover each with another dough rectangle and seal the edges with a fork.
- Bake the Pop Tarts: I place the Pop Tarts on the prepared baking sheet and bake them for about 20-25 minutes, until golden.
- Prepare the glaze: While the Pop Tarts are cooling, I whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until smooth. Once the Pop Tarts are cool, I spread the glaze on top and decorate with sprinkles.
There you have it, my take on Homemade Pop Tarts from my “Blast from the Past: My Homemade Pop Tart Adventure”. These treats are a trip down memory lane, bringing back the joy of simpler times. They are fun to make, and even more fun to eat! Try them out and share your experiences in the comments below. Happy baking!
Un Seattle Gourmand