Wednesday, March 12, 2014

DIY: Homemade Pop-tarts

I have been wanting to make homemade pop-tarts for what seems like an eternity.
There is nothing like being confined by freezing wind and driving snow to bring out the baker in me.  "Lets warm up the kitchen and make pop-tarts."
To this Ivory promptly responded: "What are pop-tarts?"
To this moment it had never occurred to me that she has not experienced a pop-tart, which means that I have no pressure to meet the expectations set by the pop-tarts sold on grocery store shelves.

So we started mixing, rolling and cutting.

We spread filling into the center of the hears: strawberry butter I canned last summer, slowly caramelized apples that were a bit mealy for eating out of hand and finally a dark purple plum butter that is a reminder of the last warm sunny days of fall.  

 While snow piled up outside, we ate warm pop-tarts with a side of scrambled eggs and a good strong cup of coffee for breakfast.  It was delicious.

To be honest, I don't think they are anything like the pop-tarts found on grocery store shelves.  They are oh-so-much more tasty and filling! They could be described as being somewhere between a cookie, a graham cracker and a biscuit.

This recipe is adapted from the Whole Grain Popper Tarts recipe found in Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron.

Heart Shaped Pop-Tarts 

4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup honey
2 cups whole wheat flour 
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/4 cup milk 
  • chill the dough for one hour
  • roll it out and cut into heart shapes
  • gently move hearts onto a cookie sheet (the dough has a tendency to crumble)
  • preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • fill with jam, drained fruit, fruit butters etc..
  • place heart shapes on top and press edges gently to seal and then crimp with a fork
  • bake for 12 minutes or until the bottoms of the tarts are golden
  • drizzle with honey or a mixture of powdered sugar, vanilla and water 
  • makes approximately 28 heart shaped pop tarts that are about 4 inches across the widest point

So next time the weather has you down, roll up your sleeves and get to mixing: these are a great way to pass the time. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this sounds awesome! The photo reminded me of you and Haniel, actually!