Remember fruit-filled pop tarts as a kid? I've always loved them! Here's your chance to make them youself and make them somewhat HEALTHY!
We never had many pop tarts growing up, but my friends did, and that's when I fell in love with them. Pastry outside with sweet fruit filling inside. It didn't occur to me to try and make my own until I found the idea on Pinterest. Now I had to try them!
Pop tarts are essentially small pies that you can hold in your hand to eat. Sometimes they are toasted; and to be really decadent, you can spred butter on them. I remember some store-bought pop tarts even came with frosting! Sold as a breakfast food, and eaten whenever my mom surprised us with them after grocery shopping.
Actually, it's very simple to make pop tarts. You can use a pie crust or pastry recipe you may already have. (You can also purchase ready-made pie crust and pastry to use). But, for me, I needed to do it all from scratch. At least for today. I did use my breadmaker for the pastry, but will include my go to pie crust recipe for those of you that need one.
After visiting my daughter in Eastern Washington, I came home with a box of delicious pears we picked together. (another story-another fun day!). I decided to use 8 of them to make filling for my tarts. I also grabbed 10 strawberries out of the fridge and added those. I'll share my recipe:
PIE CRUST (from my mom)
2 1/4 cups flour
1 t. salt
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cups Crisco
Mix together with pastry "blender" until size of little peas. Put in 4 T. ice water.
Roll into ball, then roll for pie or pastry.
When I made my pastry, I added a heaping spoonful of protein powder. Hence, I call it "healthy". I did have to add just a touch more water to make the mix stick together. But I think the protein powder also gives it a nice flavor.
8 pears, peeled and sliced
10 strawberries, sliced
1/3 C. sugar
1/4 C. flour
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
water as needed
Mix together in a pot and cook until it comes to a boil. Boil 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. It should thicken a little, especially as it cools.
Roll out the size of pastry you want your pop tarts to be. I rolled mine and cut into a 3 x 5 rectangle. Then I rolled that a little bit thinner and cut in half. Spoon your filling on one of your squares. Top with the other square and seal all sides with the tunes of a fork. Transfer to a lined cookie sheet. Brush lightly with water and then sprinkle sugar and nutmeg on top. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned on the sides, approximately 15-20 minutes.
Be sure to let your pop tart cool before you bit into it. The filling will be HOT!
Makes approximately 12 pop tarts. You can freeze if you desire.
We ate a few and then the rest are in the freezer waiting to be shared with my company that is coming next week. I think they are just delicious and beat the pop tarts of my childhood hands down! I know I will be baking these again.
Let me know what you think.