My boyfriend looooves poptarts, but I hate buying them because they're so expensive for the fact that they're not healthy... at all.
So I tried my hand at making my own!
I hope you enjoy (and understand!) my first how-to!
- Pie Crust: I used a box of Jiffy powdered mix, which you just need to add milk to. You could use the frozen kind from the dairy section of your grocery store, or even your own recipe!
- Fillings: This is the fun part. You can use practically everything (eeeexxxceeeeppttt pumpkin pie mix. I tried it... doesn't work too well). Here, I used mixed berry and strawberry jelly. I considered making s'mores poptarts by using marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips, or brown sugar with... brown sugar. The options are nearly endless!
- Powdered sugar & milk: Mixed, these make a nice frosty glaze. It's optional, though!
- Sprinkles: Again, optional! Probably won't stick very well without frosting.
Prepare pie crust as directed and cut out into poptart-shaped rectangles. You will need two per poptart, one for each side.
I suggest rolling out the dough as thin as you can without ripping it. I made mine too thick and they were kind big when they baked!
Also, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees!
Lay crust on an ungreased baking sheet and fill with no more than one tablespoon of filling.
Don't go overboard and fill them with a bunch of stuff! It will leak out and it's not fun to clean up!
Carefully place a second crust on top of the filling and crimp the edges with a fork. Don't press on the middle, or the filling with squish out!
Finally, poke a few holes in the top to let steam out during the baking process.
Bake them until they are golden brown around the edges, about 10-15 minutes.
Slide them onto a plate and let them cool.
While they cool, though, mix the powdered sugar and milk to make a frosting glaze.
Once cooled, dribble ome frosting over the poptarts with a spoon. They don't need a lot!
While the glaze is still wet, add some sprinkles! I used pink and purple, for strawberry and mixed berry respectively.
You could use just colored sugar liker I did, or go wild with your sprinkle options!
The final step!
I personally would not put these in the toaster to warm them back up, lest the glaze melts and ends up on the bottom of your toaster and ruins it. Just use the microwave for a few seconds.
Of course, if you didn't put any frosting on in the first place, go ahead and use the all-mighty toaster.
Unfortunately, my recipe here doesn't make very many pastries... but still, they taste so much better than store-bought, and are much better for you!!! After all, YOU choose what to put inside, and I hope you're not choosing things like high fructose corn syrup and sodium benzoate!