My beautiful forever friend Liz came to stay at my place this week for a mini getaway from her hectic life in the city. Somewhere along our tour of every tea shop, coffee house, and bakery in my village, Liz mentioned she just learned to make homemade pop tarts. I freaked. Baking homemade poptarts is one of my life dreams, so obviously we made it happen immediately. I highly encourage you to do the same because few things are happier than revisiting childhood treats. Here's the lowdown...
- Pre-made pastry dough
- Fillings of your choice
- Remove your chilled pastry dough from the refrigerator and allow it to warm up to room temperature. Sprinkle flour on your work surface, then roll the dough out to a roughly 9"x12" rectangle.
- Slice your dough into 10 small rectangles.
- Spoon a dollop of your desired fillings onto one side of each rectangle, then fold the other half over to cover your filling.
- Use a fork to to press together the edges of all four sides of each rectangle. Poke a few sets of holes in the top of each pop tart with the fork.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
- Accidentally eat the entire pan of pop tarts and release all guilt.
- Brave ones of the world, feel free to make your own pastry dough. I'm not that motivated, but good on you if that's your proclivity.
- We filled our pastries with various combinations of lemon curd, strawberry preserves, Nutella, and peanut butter. Cinnamon sugar, fig preserves, apricot jam, and Biscoff spread are some other great options... go crazy!
- Because each of us filled our pop tarts with something different, we poked a custom set of holes into the top of our folded pastries so we could identify ours once they had baked.
- We were satisfied with the sugar content of our recipe, but you could consider frosting the pop tarts with a simple icing and sprinkles if the fancy strikes you.
(The beginning of an early morning coffee tour in Reigate at Two Many Cooks)