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Easy Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts Recipe

Homemade strawberry pop tarts


With more people turning to their kitchens to recreate childhood favorites (not to mention the Kellogg boycott), the art of making homemade pop tarts has emerged as a delightful challenge that combines simplicity, creativity, and a touch of nostalgia.


In this blog post, let's walk through a foolproof homemade pop tart recipe that not only promises a delicious treat but is also customizable to to many different flavors. Grab your aprons, and let's dive into this trending kitchen project!


Tips & Tricks


Creating homemade pop tarts can be an enjoyable and creative baking project. To ensure your pop tarts turn out perfectly and to add a personal touch to this delightful treat, consider the following tips and tricks:


Choose Your Filling Wisely

Variety is Key: Beyond traditional jams and preserves, consider filling your pop tarts with nut butters, chocolate spread, or even a combination of fillings for a unique twist.


Thickness Matters: Opt for thicker jams or preserves to prevent the filling from running out during baking.


Roll Evenly: Ensure your dough is rolled out evenly to avoid uneven baking. The ideal thickness is just under ¼ inch, allowing the pop tarts to be sturdy yet flaky.


Seal Tightly

Avoid Leaks: Ensure the edges of your pop tarts are well sealed to prevent any filling from leaking out during baking. Press down firmly with your fingers before crimping with a fork. But sometimes the filling still finds its way out.


Egg Wash: The egg wash is crucial not just for color but also for sealing the edges. Brush a light layer along the edges before placing the top layer of dough.


Bake to Perfection

Oven Placement: Place your baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven to ensure even baking.


Golden Brown: Keep an eye on your pop tarts during the final minutes of baking. You're looking for a beautiful golden brown color, which indicates they're done.


Customize Your Icing

Flavor Match: Match the icing flavor with your filling for a cohesive taste experience. Adding a bit of the jam or preserves to the icing can enhance the flavor.


Decoration

Use icing as a canvas for decoration. Food coloring, edible glitter, and themed sprinkles can add a festive touch for special occasions.


Experiment with Shapes and Sizes

Mini Pop Tarts: For bitesized treats, cut your dough into smaller rectangles. These are perfect for parties or as a fun snack for kids.


Different Shapes: Who says pop tarts must be rectangular? Feel free to experiment with circular, heartshaped, or any other cookie cutter shapes you have on hand.


Storage and Reheating

Storing: Keep leftover pop tarts in an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days or in the refrigerator for a bit longer.


Reheating: To recapture the freshlybaked taste, reheat your pop tarts in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes. Avoid the microwave, as it can make the crust soggy.



Ingredients


  • 1 package rolled pie crust (a 2 ct. 7.5 oz pack is perfect) or double this with homemade crust for a truly artisan touch.

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of jam or preserves. Feel free to experiment with flavors here; the more unique, the better!

  • 1 large egg for giving your pop tarts that perfect golden finish.


For the icing:


  • 1 cup powdered sugar for that sweet, glazy topping

  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk or cream, depending on your desired consistency

  • 2 tablespoons of jam to add a flavor twist to your icing

  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract for that classic aroma

  • Optional: ½ teaspoon of strawberry extract


Instructions:


Preparation: Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (204°C). This high temperature ensures your pop tarts come out perfectly crispy.


Shape Your Pop Tarts: Lay out a sheet of parchment on a baking sheet. Using an index card as a guide, cut out rectangles of approximately 3 inches by 5 inches. Don't waste the remaining crust—knead and roll it out for more pop tarts!


Assemble: Beat the egg and 2 teaspoons of water in a small bowl for your egg wash. Lay 8 rectangles on the prepared baking sheet and spoon 1 ½ tablespoons of jam onto 4 of them.


Brush the edges with the egg wash, top with another rectangle, and seal the edges with a gentle pinch.


Crimp the edges with a fork for that classic pop tart look, and don’t forget to poke some holes on top before brushing with the egg wash.


Bake to Perfection: Bake your assembled pop tarts for about 12-15 minutes or until they're golden brown. The anticipation will be worth it!


Icing Time: Once cooled, whisk together the icing ingredients and generously spread over each pop tart. This is where you can get creative with toppings—sprinkles, freeze-dried berries, or even rose petals for an Instagram-worthy finish.


Homemade strawberry pop tarts

Enjoy Your Creation


Homemade pop tarts offer a perfect blend of nostalgia and gourmet, whether you're enjoying them as a breakfast treat, a snack, or a dessert. They are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days—though they rarely hang around that long!


This recipe not only caters to the current trend of homemade and artisanal food but also offers a platform for endless creativity. It's a reminder that sometimes, the simplest recipes bring the most joy. Making homemade pop tarts is a delightful project that promises satisfaction and maybe a bit of a trip down memory lane.


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