Sunday, May 1, 2011

Grown Up Pop Tarts

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I loved Pop Tarts. I would beg my parents to buy them. They definitely don't make it on my shopping list these days, but every now and then you want a little treat. This is about as close as it gets. Let's deconstruct a Pop Tart for a quick second. The outside is essentially pie crust and the inside is generally like a sweet fruit. When I was trying to decide what to fill my Pop Tarts with I simply opened the fridge and went to my favorites in the door. I am NOT a jelly kind of girl...ever! I love fruit preserves, but what I love even more than preserves is lemon curd and pumpkin butter!

Grown Up Pop Tarts

  • Refrigerated Pie Crust (or make your own)
  • filling of your choice (one spoonful per Pop Tart)
  • 1 egg, beaten + 1 teaspoon water (egg wash to hold the Pop Tart together)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

I decided to use a round cookie cutter for my Pop Tarts. Who said they had to be rectangular? Not me! Once you have all of your circles cut out you will have some leftover scraps. Don't even think about throwing them out! Cut them up and we can make a snack out of those too!

Brush the pie crust edges with the egg wash and then place a spoonful of your filling in the middle. I *highly* recommend using the lemon curd as your filling. Not only was it absolutely delicious, but it was the perfect consistency. The pumpkin butter held up great as a filling too! The preserves were a little runny. I think next time I will add a little cornstarch to thicken it up.

Top it with the other pie crust and then crimp the edges with a fork. Use a toothpick and poke several holes in the top to let the air escape.

As for those pie crust scraps, I brushed them with a little of the egg wash and then sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar and baked them up!

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Check on the cinnamon sugar pieces early because they are smaller and won't take quite as long to cook up. Make sure to let the Pop Tarts cool a bit before you eat them or you will burn your mouth very badly. Take your guess as to why I know this to be true *blush*

(notice the one with the preserves oozing out! cornstarch next time folks!)



Steph said...

I love pop tarts and have yet to see a lemon version. These are awesome!!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

I made pop tarts this weekend too! I can't say I won't buy anymore from the store, but homemade is so amazing! I love that you used lemon curd! said...

Oh lemon curd! YUM! That sounds delicious!!

briarrose said...

Wonderful filling. I love the thought of grown up poptarts....I used to adore those things.

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