I loveeeee Pop-Tarts. For those who are not familiar with this incredible sweet, it is a two-layer pastry crust with filling and icing on top. Pop-Tarts is a brand of toaster pastries introduced by Kellogg in 1964. It's one of my favorite snacks and last week I looked at them in the supermarket and said to myself: "why am I not making them from scratch?". So I broke down the recipe for the pastry crust, made the jam, and icing with natural coloring (I refuse to use any artificial food coloring. And honestly why do you need one when the homemade jam dyes the icing into such a gorgeous color?!). So if you don't know the taste of the store-bought Pop-Tarts, try it first, so you may know how truly good is your homemade one!
Besides being extremely beautiful, they are so delicious guys! So please limit yourself to two a day, because one is never enough!
For the dough-
500 gr all-purpose flour
330 gr butter
16 gr sugar
5 gr salt
20-35 gr water
1 free-range egg (for brushing)
For the jelly-
300 gr raspberries (fresh or frozen)
180 gr sugar
For the icing-
120 gr powdered sugar
1 teaspoon jelly
- Start by cutting the butter into small cubes and place it in the freezer to get super cold.
- In a food processor add the flour, sugar, and salt and mix well.
- Add the super cold butter and blend. Add a sip of water slowly slowly to help the mixture to get from crumbles to more like a dough.
- Take out from the food processor and just bring the dough together. Don't work it or try to get to any smooth texture.
- Place in the fridge wrapped with plastic wrap. Let it rest in the fridge for at least 2 hours (you can also prepare the dough a day in advance).
- Make the jelly: In a pot add the raspberries with sugar and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and cook until the jam gets a little more liquidy from the texture you usually like. Once the jam cools down it becomes less liquid.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool down completely. We cannot spread hot jam on the dough, it will melt the butter in it completely.
- Get the dough out of the fridge and divide it in half. Working with 1 piece at a time, keep the other one in the fridge to chill.
- On a floured surface, using a rolling pin, open the dough to a thin rectangle shape (if the edges start to crack a little when rolling, seal them and continue rolling).
- Using a pizza roller trip the edges of the rectangle dough so they look sharp and sexy.
- Cut the dough into 4 rectangle pieces.
- We will fold each rectangle on itself, but before then- spread 1 nice teaspoon of raspberry jelly in the center of half of the rectangle. Leave 1 cm edge clean so we can close the pop tart with the jam inside.
- Brush the other half with egg and fold on itself.
- Seal the pop tarts' edges with your fingertips,
- Place the pop tarts on a baking sheet, then reseal with a fork. Poke the top center of each tart with a fork.
- Place the tarts in the fridge for 10-15 min.
- Preheat oven to 375F or 190C.
- Brush the tart with egg. Bake the tarts for 20-25 min.
- Cool them down completely before applying the icing.
- Make the icing: Mix the powdered sugar with water and a teaspoon of the jam (this is our natural coloring). Add a little sip of water at a time until reach desired consistency.
- Just when the tarts are cooled- spread the icing on top and sprinkle tops with sprinkles if desired and allow glaze to set at room temperature for few minutes.