Thursday, June 9, 2011

Homemade Pop-Tarts

Yep, that's right, homemade strawberry pop-tarts. They are pretty easy to make and delicious. Not like the kind that come in a box, yuck! Believe or not I found the recipe for these little tasties in Canadian House & Home magazine back in January. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to try them. And boy were they good! Great with a cup of tea. So here's the recipe for you to try yourself.

1 1/2 c flour (plus more for rolling out dough)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c butter, cubed and set at room temp.
1/4 c vegetable shortening, cubed
2 tbsp cold water (approx.)
6 tsp of you favorite jam (I used strawberry.)
1 c powdered sugar or icing sugar for my Canadian readers,  ; )  (They're the same thing.)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tbsp milk
sprinkles of your choice

1. Preheat oven to 425. For crust, combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and shortening. Mix together until dough is crumbly. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time, until mixture forms a ball.
2. Separate dough into 2 equal balls. Toll out each on a lightly floured surface into a 1/8" thick square, then cut out 3" x 5" rectangles. Collect leftover scraps and roll out again to use up all the dough.
3. Place 1 tsp jam on each rectangle. Fold in half like a sandwich. Using fork tines, crimp and seal edges. Repeat with remaining rectangles and jam. Place sealed pastries on a parchment-lined or greased cookie sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
4. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
5. For glaze, mix powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk in about 1/2 tbsp of milk at a time, until glaze has a thick syrup consistency. Using a spoon, drizzle icing over cooled pastry and spread. Decorate sprinkles while icing is still wet.

That's it, easy peasy. I opted not to use sprinkles and instead tinted some of the glaze pink. I then put it into a zipper baggie, cut off a tiny piece of the corner and made zig-zags across the top of the white glaze. They are soo pretty. Have a look!
Oh were they tasty! After writing this post I am soo in the mood for one with a tea, but I don't feel like making them right now. How about one of you whip up a batch and drop a few off. Thanks!! heehee

Give the recipe a try and let me know how they turned out. They were fun to make and the kids loved them.  : D

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  1. Hi,,, What a great idea... homemade is always better and without all the additives.... this is a super way to share all your great ideas catie...i will be checking this out from time to time... love it...aunt ruth

  2. @ Aunt Ruth, Glad you enjoyed it!! It's been fun putting this blog together. I've learned quite a bit in such a short time. Definitely keep checking back and tell your friends!! ~Catie

  3. Those look yummy! I'll have to try them out!

  4. these are soooooo cute!!!! you need to put this on Pink Saturday!

  5. These look delicious. I love your pink swirl on top.

  6. Oh Yum! I have to make these and soon!
    Thank you for the inspirationg!

  7. Hooray! My kids will love these! Thank you for sharing. Love your style!

  8. I will leave the cooking to you, but sure would enjoy eating them.

  9. I love pop-tarts! These turned out really cute!

  10. They look great, I am gonna have to try them out. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I've never seen homemade pop-tarts before, thanks for sharing.


  12. i love you. i might even be crying a little. :)

  13. Wow, those are gorgeous! And look delish. Might be a special weekend treat for my little ones. :)

  14. Any ideas how one would make these with brown sugar/cinnamon filling - my daughter's favorite!?


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