Home Made Pop Tarts

I’m hopefully going to be done with my hiatus! Between buying a new home, setting up for my first child, travel, and setting up my new business, it’s been quite a busy time. Of course the year has been full of good things, it’s just that it has left me incredibly busy.

So that’s why I’ve been missing lately, but today I’m back and ready to share a childhood favorite. Who doesn’t love pop tarts. No really, does anyone NOT love them?? They are so irresistibly good and ridiculously unhealthy. The ingredient list on pop tarts scares me because I can’t say so many of the words. I prefer to not eat things that I can’t pronounce.

Homemade Pop Tarts Recipe

So, clearly these are not “healthy”, but you only live once, right? I did however use clean ingredients for the most part (minus the sprinkles!). I used white unbleached flour, organic cane sugar, cage-free eggs, unsweetened almond milk, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, organic confectioners sugar, and butter. The sprinkles could be left off and that would eliminate the use of food coloring, but my husband is obsessed with them.

Delicious Strawberry Homemade Pop Tarts

Please note: I clearly did not measure the dough which is why they look super “homemade”, but if you want to whip out the ruler go for it!

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE POP TARTS

Prepare Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Ready In: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups white unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter cut into squares
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg (for assembling)
  • Filling:
  • 8 tablespoons strawberry jam (or another filling of your choice)
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup organic confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Stir together flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together almond milk and egg.
  3. Pour flour mixture into a food processor and add butter squares (approximately 1 inch each).Pulse butter/flour mixture until it becomes crumbly. Butter squares should be about the size of a pea.
  4. Pour butter/flour mixture back into a large bowl and stir in milk/egg mixture. Use your hands to combine and knead on a floured surface.
  5. Divide dough into two halves.
  6. ***If you want to be very precise you could use a ruler here, but I just eye balled it.
  7. Roll out one half of dough into a large rectangle. Cut small rectangles (approximately 3″ x 4″).
  8. You should be able to get about 8 rectangles from each half of dough. Totaling 16 small rectangles of dough.
  9. Lay rectangular dough pieces onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  10. Whisk remaining egg and use a pastry brush to put an egg wash on half of the pastry rectangles. This will help keep the pieces together.
  11. Put one tablespoon of strawberry jam over the pieces you have just egg washed. Lay the other half of the pastry rectangle on top and use a fork to seal the sides.
  12. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  13. FOR FROSTING:
  14. Stir together confectioners sugar, almond milk, and vanilla.
  15. Top each cooked pastry with frosting and add sprinkles (optional).

What homemade pop tarts look like

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