Recipe – ‘Pop-Tarts’

I think I have only ever had shop bought Pop-Tarts once, they aren’t really a thing people eat in the UK.
I came across this recipe three years ago here and was interested in it because I wanted to practice making pastry.
This time around the Pop-Tarts were particularly hard to make because I only have a tiny amount of cookery space in my kitchen and it is very hot which led to the dough being very soft.
I definitely still have a lot to learn about making pastry but I do find it a lot of fun. If there is one thing I do know about making pastry however it is FLOUR. Flour the dough, flour your hands, flour the rolling pin and flour the surface!

Ingredients

Plain Flour – 240g
Unsalted Butter (cold) – 225g
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Salt – 1 tsp
Eggs – 2
Milk – 2 tbsp
Filling choices – Nutella, Jam, Cinnamon (mix 100g brown sugar, 1.5 tsp cinammon and 4tsp flour), Berries (boil frozen berries with sugar), Apple Sauce (boil apple with sugar and water).

Method

Grease & line baking trays and preheat oven to 180c.

Sift flour, sugar and salt into bowl.

Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs and forms a ball when you squeeze it together.

Mix one of the eggs and the milk together then stir this into the dough. If the dough doesn’t reach the correct consistency after this, then I would fix this by adding a little bit more flour in (this is probably not a technically correct thing to do but it worked for me).

Cover hands, lump of dough and rolling pin in flour then roll it out on a floured surface. Using a knife (also covered in flour), cut the dough into rectangle size pieces then put this in the fridge for a little while to cool and harden.

Cover half of the dough rectangles in whisked egg then heap some of your filling of choice in the middle. Put the other rectangle on top, press the sides together to keep the filling in then indent the sides and top with a fork.

Put Pop-Tarts on tray and bake in oven for 25 minutes.

Once they have cooled, you can then ice them with icing sugar. I didn’t do so this time as I thought there was enough sugar in them, but it does makes the Pop-Tarts look and taste extra nice.

And there goes my attempt at a pastry recipe.

Give it a go and let me see your results!

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