So, even though I actually have a post on traveling to New York about 1/4 written that I need to finish up considering my trip there was mid September....I am putting up this brief interlude, since I saw that many people wanted home made pop- tarts, and I know my friends and family will also appreciate this, I will share my not so secret, and easily alterable recipe.
The pastry can really be done with your favorite pie pastry recipe- whole wheat, spelt, gluten free, or even cornmeal for a different texture. I did:
1 1/2 cups flour (I mixed about 1 cup ww pastry flour with 1/2 cup AP so it wouldn't be too stiff)
5 tbsp earth balance (I have the soy free but anything works)
1/4 cup dairy free milk (coconut milk :D )
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 ts salt
- whip that all together, either by hand, or the lazy way with a hand mixer like me
- roll it out on a floured surface and cut into pop-tart sized rectangles
place rectangles on oiled baking pan, spoon approximately a heaping spoonful of filling in the middle and cover with another rectangle.
- Use a fork to seal the edges really well, otherwise filling WILL spill out
- You can poke holes in the top but I think this might just be for aesthetic purposes :)
1/2 cup sugar (brown sugar is best, but all I had was evaporated cane juice, it's sort of brown?)
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp flour
enough water to thin it out a little, but not too much! Just about nut butter consistency
If you want a fruit filling, any jam or jelly will do, but I've discovered you should add about a tbsp of cornstarch + 1 tbsp of water to keep the jelly from melting out all over the place in the oven. This has happened and I ended up with empty pop-tarts!
Other good fillings are nut butters, coconut butters, nutella, straight up chocolate, mashed up banana, dried fruit, etc...experiment!
For icing you can also mix powdered sugar with non-dairy milk and play around with flavors too. I usually leave it plain then slather on almond or peanut butter right before eating it.
[sorry Heather, I took the pictures right off your site! I didn't think to take any of my own, but yours turned out beautifully! ]
Enjoy! And let me know if you make your own pop-tarts! I'd love new filling ideas!
I'll be back soon with everything you need to know before visiting New York City!