Saturday, January 16, 2016

Homemade Pop-Tarts

Is anyone else's Pinterest feed full of Pop-tart recipes?  I have been seeing cute sprinkled treats fill my feed for a few weeks now, so this morning we decided to try our own!  Because I didn't want to go to the store, our Pop-tarts were semi-homemade (we didn't make the crust), but if you're wanting to make them totally from scratch just search Pinterest and you'll find dozens of recipes.  Recently, Sloan has started to love baking and asks almost every day if we can bake something (this is really really helping me shed that baby weight :-/).  This semi-homemade version was perfect for a toddler's attention span!

I hadn't planned on putting this recipe on the blog, but after a few of you asked on Instagram I decided to add it... I didn't take many photos as we made them though, sorry!  Also the photos are terrible because I took them on my phone to send to a friend.  Maybe someday I'll make these and take great photos... nah lets be honest, I'll never get around to that :).

What you'll need:
-1 package refrigerated or frozen pie crust (it's usually rolled up and in a box)
-Preserves or jam (we used Smuckers low sugar strawberry preserves)
-1 cup powdered sugar
-2 Tbsp. milk
-Food coloring (whatever color you want the icing to be)

-Rolling pin
-Pizza cutter
-Baking sheet
-Wax paper

1. If you bought frozen pie crust, you'll have to let it defrost.  I had Wholly Wholesome organic pie dough in the freezer and it only took about 20 minutes to defrost.  Once your pie crust is defrosted, unroll it and you'll have two circles of dough.  Using your pizza cutter, cut the edges of the circle off so that it becomes a square (save your scraps though!). Cut your square in half vertically.  Now cut it in thirds horizontally, you should now have six rectangles.  Do this to the other circle, now you'll have 12 equal pieces of crust (6 pop-tarts).  Take all of your scraps and roll them into a ball, then roll them out using your rolling pin, you should be able to get four more rectangles out of your scraps (2 pop-tarts).  ***I let Sloan help me with the cutting of the dough so our pieces were not equal at all, they still turned out just fine!

2. Place a piece of wax paper on your baking sheet. Put eight rectangles of pie dough onto the baking sheet.  Using a tablespoon, put about 1 tablespoon of preserves or jam in the center of each rectangle.

3. Dip your finger into water and spread a little water around the edges of each rectangle.  Cover each rectangle with another rectangle and press down around the edges to seal them.  Take a fork and press down around the edges.

4. Pop your pop-tarts into the refrigerator and let set for 30 minutes.

5. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.

6. While the pop-tarts are baking, make the frosting.  Mix the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth (you may want to add more powdered sugar or milk depending on what consistency you want).  I added two drops of red food coloring to make our frosting pink.

7. Once you've gotten the pop-tarts out of the oven and they have cooled completely, drizzle the frosting over the pop-tarts and then sprinkle the sprinkles over top.  And ta-da you have cute and delicious homemade pop-tarts!  Enjoy!



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