I was in line at the grocery store the other day and I saw a magazine with homemade pop tarts on the cover, and I knew what my next Fancy Breakfast Friday was going to be. Pop tarts were something my mom never ever ever bought when we were growing up. She did buy toaster strudel once, so I’m not sure what she had against pop tarts. If I had to guess, I would say that she thought pop tarts were gross, or possible too expensive. When I grew up, got a job, and became hungry and bored one time, I got pop tarts out of the vending machine. They were OK. For the calories, I would take a candy bar any day, so that was that. I’m pretty sure my kids have never had pop tarts either, because they are the kind of thing I would eat if they were in the house, and then feel like it wasn’t worth it. However, for some reason the homemaede pop tarts called to me. I decided just to make them, and not use a recipe, just totally wing it. I made a pie crust, and rolled it out thin and chilled it for an hour. (OK fine I used a pie crust recipe – this one here, I chose water, not milk for the liquid.) Then I cut out rectangles of approximately matching sizes, I wanted to make 12 so everyone could have 3… so I had to make them smaller and smaller as I went along. I brushed the bottom with an egg wash and added the filling. Strawberry jelly for the strawberry ones and brown sugar and cinnamon for the others. I put the tops on and used a fork to seal the edges. The tops were brushed with egg wash and then I baked them at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Once they were cool, I made a frosting of powdered sugar, a little milk, vanilla and brown sugar. Once I had frosted all the pop tarts with brown sugar filling, I added strawberry quick to the frosting for the strawberry pop tarts. It took about an hour for the frosting to set, so this was a “make it the night before” recipe. For breakfast I warmed them up in a 350 oven for 5 minutes. Served with bacon and eggs. They were described as “good” and “buttery and sweet.” Not the highest praise I have ever received, but they were fun to make!
* I was going to just go with homemade pop tarts for the title but Dr. Mark had better ideas when he saw the pic on Instagram. Now he wins a hand delivered fancy breakfast Friday pastry from this week. Offer valid for all readers who invite us to stay at their ski condo.