Homemade Strawberry Poptarts

This was the first thing I made in my new apartment in Burlington! My roommate and I wanted to have people from our little house over, just to meet everyone. I knew I needed to bake something, but I hadn’t quite stocked up on supplies yet. I had no sugar, no eggs, no chocolate…

The dough for these is only flour, butter, salt and water. I used the recipe from 100 Days of Real Food (http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/05/30/recipe-whole-wheat-toaster-pastries-a-k-a-pop-tarts/), but I just used the all purpose flour I had instead of wheat flour. (I have made them with wheat flour before though and they are just as awesome.) I skipped the egg wash because I didn’t have any eggs, and just used a finger dipped in water to help seal them before crimping.

For the filling, I made my own version of strawberry jam with ingredients I had on hand. I chopped up about a cup of strawberries, added maybe a teaspoon or two of corn syrup, a splash of water, and a quarter cup of brown sugar (borrowed from my roommate, white sugar would work as well) to a sauce pan. I heated it on medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until it starts to take on a jammy texture. I then stirred in some corn starch just because I wanted it to get a little thicker so it wouldn’t leak out of the tarts. It’s also helpful to let it cool. The texture is a little grainier than real jam, but in the tarts you won’t notice it, and it still tastes good on toast too!

For the Frosting…

I mixed together about a cup or a cup and a half of powdered sugar with a little strawberry extract I had on hand from making hard candy, and a teaspoon or corn syrup which helps the glaze set. I added milk a little at a time until it got to a nice spreadable texture. I also went against my usual habits and added a bit of red food coloring, just to complete the toaster pastry look. If I’d had sprinkles I would have thrown those on there too!

Ok, so there’s some good news and bad news about this situation…

The bad: only one person showed up for our party 😦

The good: The tarts were awesome and there were lots to go around!


About Amanda Bakes Cakes

Baker. Grad student. Hiker. Crossword puzzler. Trivia junkie.
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