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Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts

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Does anyone else love Pinterest? I see so many DIY décor ideas for my home, crafts that my kids would love, and recipes I want to try I could get lost for hours. We’ve asked our friend Tori Vest, self-professed Pinterest-lover, crafter, cook, and DIY extraordinaire to help us out. Take it away Tori…..

 

When searching for a small pastry to satisfy kids sweet cravings, there is only one main requirement. It has to be delicious. Poptarts meet this requirement perfectly! The sweet combination of crust to sugar is flawless. Because poptarts are on such high demand with children, I decided to venture into the kitchen and try to make poptarts from scratch! This adventure paid off, and truly met the requirement of being delicious.

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Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts
Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pats
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Cut the softened butter into small pieces, then drop one-by-one, drop these into the bowl.
  3. Whisk one of the eggs and milk together and slowly stir them into the dough.
  4. You may need to knead the dough briefly on a well-floured counter.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, wrap it in seran wrap, and chill over night.
  6. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator allow time to soften in order to become workable again. (approx 20 min)
  7. Take one half and roll it out on a well-floured counter top until it is ⅛” thick, and larger than 9 x 12”.
  8. Trim it down to a 9x12 rectangle. Repeat this process with the other ball of dough.
  9. Next, cut each rectangle into thirds – you’ll form nine 3 x 4 rectangles.
  10. Lightly beat the second egg.
  11. Brush the egg onto the top of half of each rectangle. The egg will act as a glue to hold the top and the bottom of the poptart together.
  12. Choose your filling! I used a simple combination of sugar and cinnamon. You can also use jelly, melted chocolate chips, marshmellows, brown sugar, etc…
  13. Place a heaping spoonful of your filling on top of the poptarts that have the egg brushed on them.
  14. Leave a ½ boarder around the filling.
  15. Place the second piece of dough on top of the filing.
  16. Push together the edges and make fork marks around the edges to seal the dough together.
  17. Then, poke a few holes in the top for steam to escape.
  18. Repeat this process with each poptart.
  19. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 


To make the dough:

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, wrap it in seran wrap, and chill over night.  Once the dough has been chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and give it time to soften and become workable again. This should only take about 20 minutes. Take one half and roll it out on a well-floured counter top until it is 1/8” thick, and larger than 9 x 12”. Trim it down so that it is a 9×12 rectangle. Repeat this process with the other ball of dough. Once this is done, cut each rectangle into thirds – you’ll form nine 3 x 4 rectangles.

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Choose Your Filling:

I used a simple combination of sugar and cinnamon. You can also use jelly, melted chocolate chips, marshmellows, brown sugar, etc…When you have chosen what you want to use, put a heaping spoonful of your filling onto the poptarts that have the egg brushed on them. When you do this, make sure that there’s a ½ boarder around the filling.

 

 

 Enjoy! What is your favorite Pop Tart flavor?

 

 


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