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Homemade Pop-Tart Recipe

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I loved Pop-Tarts as a kid and I have such fond memories of the breakfast treat that I was ecstatic when I saw a recipe for a homemade version in Bon Appetit. Instantly, I knew it was an absolute must make.

The whole process is actually much easier than I was anticipating and it left me wondering why I hadn't made these earlier. I used two different jams to fill the tarts: a plain strawberry and strawberry-rhubarb. I preferred the strawberry-rhubarb since it was a little more chunky in texture.

The filling possibilities are endless — any jam would work and I can only imagine how delicious Nutella would be. If you haven't enjoyed a Pop-Tart in a while, skip the box and give these a try. Keep reading for the recipe and more photos of these wonderfully flaky tarts.

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

Ingredients

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour plus additional for shaping and rolling
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4-6 tablespoons ice water
12 tablespoons strawberry preserves (preferably organic homemade)
Powdered sugar or raw sugar for topping, optional

Directions

  1. Whisk 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, coarse salt, and sugar in large bowl.
  2. Add butter. Using fingertips or back of fork, blend in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Add ice water by tablespoonfuls, tossing until moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball. Divide in half; shape each half into disk. Wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour.
  4. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough on floured surface to about 13x11 inches.
  5. Trim to 12x10-inch rectangle, then cut into eight 5x3-inch rectangles or use a 3x3 square cookie cutter.
  6. Arrange 4 pieces, spaced apart, on each sheet. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons(5x3 rectangles) or 1 tbsp (3x3 square) preserves in row down center of each rectangle.
  7. Top preserves with second dough rectangle. Using fingertips, gently press all edges of each tart to seal; press all edges with tines of fork to double-seal. Using toothpick, poke a few holes in center of top dough rectangle. (Tip-if using a different types of filling, use different patterns to poke holes, so it is easy to tell the flavor.) Cover; freeze tarts on sheets at least 2 hours and up to 1 week.
  8. Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375°F. If desired, lightly dampen the top of the pop tart with water and sprinkle with raw sugar. Bake frozen tarts uncovered until golden, reversing sheets after 15 minutes, 25 to 30 minutes total (some preserves may leak out). Immediately transfer tarts to rack. Sift powdered sugar lightly over, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature with fresh berries.

Makes 8-12 pop tarts.


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Food Food 6 years
Hey rancher's girl, I think the premade pie crust would work but trust me the dough is surprising easy, I mean really easy. Give it a shot, I don't think you will disappointed.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 6 years
I will definitely make these, although I confess I will probably use pre-made pie crust as my crust making skills are somewhat lacking. ;) I think I might use the Nutella suggestion or use cinnamon, melted butter and brown sugar. Those are the PopTarts for which I have a huge weakness. :)
Food Food 6 years
leilanic1, pie crust is probably more similar than puff pastry. So I think you could probably use it and just roll it out a little thinner. It probably won't be quite as flaky as the homemade but a pretty good substitute nonetheless. You will still probably still need to go through the process of freezing, etc. Good luck and let me know what happens.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 6 years
would you be able to substitute pre-made puff pastry for the crust or pre-made pie crust? i would make the home made crust but don't always have a lot of time. this would be great to make when guests came in from out of town and you want to wow them.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Duplicate Nancita's comment.
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Duplicate Nancita's comment.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 6 years
I'm salivating at those photos! I haven't had pop tarts in over a decade (its like an addiction you have to go cold turkey on!) but this is seriously tempting ;-)
nancita nancita 6 years
I have pretty much sworn off storebought pop-tarts but this post is making me drool.
soapbox soapbox 6 years
I love making these on lazy weekends. They taste so much better than the store bought poptart.
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