April 1, 2015

homemade pop tarts

Breakfast might just be our favorite mean...next to
brunch that is. We couldn't pass up this recipe to share
with you for one of our favorite morning meals, pop tarts!
For this recipe you will need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

for the crust:

There are a couple ways you can make the crust of your
pop tarts; homemade or already prepared. Natrually for this recipe
we decided to go with the already prepared. We used Pillsbury
ready made pie crusts. We bought two packages of them, each box
including two circular crusts. 

One box at a time (one for the tops and one for the bottoms),
we removed the crust from the box. From each box, we combined
the two pie crusts into a dough ball. You should end up with two dough
balls.  Knead the crust dough for several minutes until combined.

Next, sprinkle some flour onto your counter surface.
Place the dough ball onto the floured surface and using a
rolling pin (or in our case the next best thing) 
and roll your dough out. Taking a precut pattern (or a cutter)
begin to cut out your squares. Each dough ball should make about 8
squares, or more, depending on how big you decide to make
your pop tarts.

Filling and assembly:

For our fililng, we decided to go with our two
favorites; brown sugar cinnamon and strawberry.
We homemade the brown sugar cinnamon filling, and for 
the strawberry filling, we used strawberry rhubarb preserves.

brown sugar cinnamon ingredients:

1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbs. flour
1 tbs. Cinnamon
3 tbs. melted butter

To make the brown sugar filling, simply combine the
ingredients into a bowl and combine. You may add more
brown sugar to your liking.


To assemble your poptarts you are going to need a 
mixture of 1 egg and 1/4c. milk to help stick the top and bottoms
of your pop tarts.

Take on one sheet of your cut out squares. With the
egg and milk mixture, coat the tops of each square. You should
have some leftover to use for the tops of your pop tarts before baking.
Next, take you filling and spoon onto the middle of the square.
We made four of each flavor. Once all your squares are topped,
take your other sheet of squares and begin to place one on top
of each filled square. With your thumbs or a fork, press and seal
the edges of the squares. Take your egg and milk mixture, 
and coat the tops of your poptarts. Finally, take a toothpick and 
poke about 8 or more holes into the top of the pop tarts. Bake for about
25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow your pop tarts 
to cool for about 30 minutes before frosting

 The frosting:

1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tbs vanilla extract
1/4 c. milk

Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined.
The measurements of the frosting will depend on the quantity
of pop tarts you made, and how how thick you would like 
it to be. If you want your frosting thicker, continue to add
more powdered sugar to your mixture. Once you have the right
consistency and your pop tarts have fully cooled, begin to
frost your pop tarts. Add sprinkles or any other toppings you would
like and Voila!

 Bon App├ętit!

fox + gypsy

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