I’m always looking new things to try, especially with pie baking. And I get inspired when I need a potluck dish for a party, it gives me the chance to make something and share it instead of eating it all myself. I found a recipe on Pinterest (go figure) for homemade brown sugar cinnamon pop tarts. I loved pop tarts when I was young. Now, I choose not to eat them because they are high in calories and have little nutritional value. But these homemade ones looked good, and they used a pie crust dough which I enjoy making, so I decided to give it a try.
I adapted the recipe and instructions from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Since I have become pretty good with the pie crust dough recipe from the book Me, Myself, and Pie, I used that one instead of Sally’s. It’s a common recipe:
2 cups flour (I use King Arthur unbleached, organic)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons butter flavored crisco
5 tablespoons ice cold water
1 Tablespoon vinegar (I use apple cider vinegar)
I mix the dry ingredients together, then cut in the crisco with a pastry cutter. I put the vinegar in it’s own little bowl and add the 5 tablespoons of ice water to it when I am ready to use. Slowly add the water while carefully stirring the dough until all the water is used.
The recipe makes 2 crusts, so I divide the dough in half, pat each half into a disk, wrap in saran wrap, and refrigerate. I like to make the crust at least a day ahead of time so it has plenty of time to chill and I can spread out the preparation time of the recipe over several days.
To make the pop tarts, I pretty much followed Sally’s recipe, so I won’t detail the ingredients here, you can go to her site and get them. I rolled out the dough into as much of a rectangle as possible then used a ruler and a pie dough cutter to cut squares about 2″ x 3″. That size is a little smaller than official pop tarts but I wanted to have more of a bite size for the potluck.
Lay one set of dough rectangles on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Brush with an egg wash and top with the brown sugar mixture. Cut another set of rectangles, brush one side with the egg wash, and put it egg side down on top of the filling. Seal the edges using a fork and poke holes with a toothpick (they look just like real pop tarts).
Put another coating of the egg wash on top so the crust will brown nicely and pop them in the oven for about 25 minutes. Finish with the frosting, and yum, a blast from my past – pop tarts.
Next time I make them I will make them larger because there wasn’t enough filling in the in my opinion. But they still tasted great and were a hit at the party. Sharing food that evokes memories of the past is special and often leads to interesting and fun conversations among friends.