Monday, August 31, 2009

Homemade Pop Tarts

Ok - I don't know that I have ever posted a food that I have cooked before. I am not a gourmet chef. I leave that up to my friend Alicia! (her creative blog is great for ideas!)

Anyway, I was craving pop tarts, and since we can't get them here (or I haven't seen them), I decided to make our own. It was SO easy, and oh, my goodness, they are good. They make regular pop tarts taste like...I can't believe I'm going to say it...garbage.

I make my own pie crust b/c we can't get the refrigerator kind, but the easier the better! (I just used the one crust pie recipe to try this out) I rolled it out pretty thin and then (tried to) cut rectangles. On one rectangle, I placed 1 tsp. of strawberry jelly, but any jelly would be good. You could even do a sweet cream cheese, or peanut butter, or nutella, or whatever!

Then, I put another rectangle on top (trimmed to make them the same size), and pinched the edges to seal. If you need to, you could add a little water with your finger in between the layers to create a better seal. A couple of mine leaked a little filling, but not enough to matter. I then crimped the edges with a fork to make it a little prettier.

I baked them at 425 for 10-15 minutes (takes longer here b/c of the altitude, so you want to watch it until it looks done...golden brown), moved them to a wire rack to cool.
I made 6 with the one pie crust.

I made a frosting out of powdered sugar, a little milk (just enough to get it not a powder anymore), and a little red food coloring. You could top with cream cheese icing, or whatever you had on hand!

Oiola! (Is that how you spell that?)

Anyway, this just took maybe 30 minutes to prepare, making my own crust, and it is so much better than a normal pop tart. It would be a great breakfast item for a Saturday morning instead of getting donuts.


Alicia said...

This is such a GREAT idea! I'm not a big fan of the real-deal Pop Tarts, but this looks awesome. And what a great idea to use sweet cream and/or Nutella. Yum! We will definitely be making these soon.

Debbie Moore said...

Those look so yummy! You are too a gourmet cook! (At lease you are a terrific cook) Your mother must have taught you well!

haitimom said...

I want one!!!

Sarah said...

These do look yummy! And, the only other recipe I have gotten from you was awesome! (Mayan Enchiladas) - I just told Jerry yesterday that I was craving those again. So, as far as I can tell you do have cooking talent! :)

Kristy said...

You are amazing! I showed this to Mark and now he wants me to make them! How fun! Great idea.

cookiehawk77 said...

I never would have thought of that! I'll have to try it!

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Schweers' Mom said...

I would NEVER have thought about making homemade pop tarts! Those looked yummy. But for me, it would not take 30 minutes...more like 3 hours. I have never tried making homemade pie crust - I hear it's kinda tricky. You rock!