Sunday, January 16, 2011

Popping Tarts...

So in 41 years I have never made a pastry pie crust.  I'm not a big fruit pie person cause honestly, I don't really like pie crust.  I've typically been a 'if it's not chocolate it's a waste of time' sort of person.  However there is one thing with pastry crust I do love...Pop Tarts.

I don't eat Pop Tarts very often.  When I do I eat the crust first to get it out of the way, then eat the middle.  My favorite is the chocolate fudge Pop Tarts.  Mmmmmm.... 

On one rare occasion where as adults we took over the television, we tuned into Food Network to one of the shows where the cooks talk about there favorites foods.  One item that came up as a favorite was homemade pop tarts.  *insert gasp of awe here* 

My mind first went to how to make them more nutritious...I'm actually pretty proud of myself for going that direction first.  I googled and found some pastry recipes, then started pondering on how to make them decadent.

So fillings...I made a homemade hot fudge sauce, a peanut butter and raspberry jam.  The homemade hot fudge....mmmmmm....

Doing the pastry crust had me worried. I didn't want to fight with stickiness and I had the added pressure of a four year old begging to help.  I floured my surface, then put a piece of parchment paper over it to roll it. Once pretty flat, I carefully removed the parchment paper, floured it again, then rolled it thinner.  Nothing stuck. 

The only real issue I had was one I totally saw coming, but went for it anyway.  The peanut butter filling and especially the hot fudge filling totally ran out.  They were too thin and I, predictably, overfilled the tarts.  I had made them like little ravioli's vs. big tarts.

The resulting tarts right out of the oven...
















But once peeled off and prettied up....

And they tasted AWESOME!

Everyone said so.  I will be continuing to play with these and checking out different flavor combos and fillings...like a chocolate pastry crust with cheesecake filling, or a cinnamon trust with pumpkin pie filling...the possibilites are endless. 

2 comments:

  1. they were sooooooooooo good.

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  2. So, these look really tasty. As do all of your baking creations - I'm totally impressed. Now, if only I lived closer, and you had a commercial outpost ...

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