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Monday, November 14, 2011

Homemade Poptarts

     I've seen a lot of homemade poptarts recipes coming up all over pinterest and the recipe blogs, so when I was assigned Emily Jane's blog, Six Kilos of Pumpkin, for this month's Secret Recipe Club I knew this was the recipe to try.
     I followed the recipe, pretty much as stated except for the fillings. I did make some with strawberry fruit spread, some with a generous smear of Nutella, and some with a sweetened cream cheese mixture. All were delicious. I don't think I could pick a favorite if I had to.  Just a warning, the jam spilled out the sides of my poptarts, but the other fillings did not. Protect your oven and pans with foil or something if you want to try jam!
     As for the process, the crust was relatively easy to make. It's pretty time consuming though. If you were in a hurry, you could use the rolled crust from the store. That never seems to taste as good as homemade though.

2-1/2 cups flour
1 Tbl sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, very cold
1 cup water and some ice cubes
fillings: jam, Nutella, sweet cream cheese  (1/2 cup cream cheese, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1Tbl+1tsp agave)

  • Put ice cubes in the 1 cup of water. The water needs to be very cold to make the crust.
  • Combine flour, sugar, and salt in large bowl. 
  • Cut butter into cubes and add them to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to combine until it looks like peas. I don't have a pastry cutter, so I used my kitchen-aid mixer for a few seconds. 
  • Add about half of the water (not the ice cubes!).when you mix this, the dough should stick together in a ball pretty well. I think I used about 3/4 of the cup of water to make this happen.
  • Divide the dough in half. Place each half in plastic wrap and put it in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350*
  • Break off a piece of dough, about 1/3 cup size and roll it into a rectangle. 
  • Smear filling on one side of the rectangle, fold in half, press edges down with fork to seal, and use a pizza cutter to make them look straight (if you care about that kind of thing). You will need to cut an air vent in the top of your poptart, so I cut an 'N' for nutella, or 'C' for cheese, etc. 
  • Place on a cookie sheet in the refrigerator until your pan is filled up. (Keeping the dough cold is what makes it so flaky!)
  • Just before baking, smear with an egg wash (beat up egg white) to help the crust turn golden.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown. 


13 comments:

  1. Ooh! This just came up in my reader, how exciting! I'm glad you liked them, I'll have to try the other fillings in them as well.

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  2. yum, great SRC choice. Looks great!!!

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  3. YUM! I bet my kids would love this! Love that you tried so many fillings!

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  4. Oh, I love this! The whole homemade/artistan pop tart thing is great. Just that much better than the store bought kind.

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  5. I just love your homemade Poptarts. This would be a great grab and go that we would really enjoy. This is a great pick for the SRC! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week.
    Miz Helen
    http://mizhelenscountrycottage.blogspot.com/2011/11/brussels-sprouts-salad-with-warm-bacon.html

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  6. Oh my heck! Yum, yum, YUM!!! I wish I had one (or 4) right now!!!

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  7. I keep seeing those recipes too but haven't been brave enough to try. Yours look great!

    If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd check out my SRC recipe for Crockpot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal.

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  8. I don't have enough self-control to make a batch of these. Strawberry has always been my fav, but Nutella would quickly become #1. Really great pic.

    I hope you'll stop by to visit my SRC post for Honey Vinaigrette Grilled Chicken.

    :)
    ButterYum
    http://butteryum.blogspot.com/2011/11/honey-vinaigrette-grilled-chicken.html

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  9. I've seen these and have been meaning to give them a try but dough and I don't always get along. Great SRC choice.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group 'A' SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  10. I've seen these on a few blogs and have been thinking about making a batch, probably after the holidays are over. So fun to be in SRC with you!

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  11. I love the idea of pop tarts, they would be a fun way to perk up a packed lunch. These look great!

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  12. These must be healthier and better than the stuff you buy in the store! :)

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  13. Homemade pop tarts are the best! My kids ask for them all of the time. Nutella and that sweetened cream cheese sound like fabulous fillings.

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