I was a teenager when I took my first bite of a pop tart. The first time my dad bought them, I had them as a snack, not as a breakfast item. My dad treated them like a baked cookie, clever! So, I had half of one. The thought of sinking my teeth into this gem of a find was overwhelming, having huge expectations … I was in love, yes, with a folded over, iced with sprinkles cookie that you (re)bake in a toaster/oven! I could not wait until my dad brought home another box. Well, that second box he bought was unfortunately our last. Looking back, I know my parents wanted the best for us, “you are what you eat”, right?
Huge thanks to my parents, as that carved a very good path for myself, as well as my family. I sought out a pop tart recipe after many cravings and not succumbing to them by running to get a store-bought version.
I am going to share with you the recipe I got from the Smitten Kitchen website – www.smitten kitchen.com. This version does use all-purpose flour, so if you are/have become wheat sensitive, you may have to limit your consumption. I have another version which uses cassava flour, but if you live in Vancouver, you will understand why I didn’t run out to get this last night! I am excited to try this version, as it is a much healthier option. I promise to share my experiences when I make it.
Here is the pastry portion of the smitten kitchen’s pop tart recipe:
Homemade Pop Tarts
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk
1 additional large egg (to brush on pastry)
You can find the remainder of the recipe at www.smittenkitchen.com or www.kingarthurflour.com.
Super simple with great results!
Do not be afraid to pinch the edges – I did not do that on a couple here, and the jam filling oozed out the edges.
My daughter and I had so much fun making these. Normally, first-time recipes, I only make one batch, but we had a good feeling about this one. So happy we doubled it. The kids got up a few minutes earlier to have a couple for breakfast, and they packed one for a snack as well.
I am not a connoisseur of toaster strudels, but my first choice would be homemade jam.
What are some of your favourite fillings? And do you like your strudels frosted and topped with sprinkles? Do share with us.