Homemade Poptarts

There has been a recent movement in the food blogging world that calls for people to make certain staple foods at home, instead of buying a mass-manufactured version.u00c2u00a0 I am certainly a proponent of this idea, as I think homemade versions are almost always better than their store-bought counterparts.

When you make these foods at home, you know exactly what goes into them; no unwanted preservatives, dyes or other chemicals that you can’t pronounce.u00c2u00a0 Perhaps this is what makes the “homemade” touch so delicious.u00c2u00a0 Or maybe we can taste the love and goodness being transferred into these goodies as our family members or friends painstakingly take the time to make something homemade instead of running to the store real quick.

Whatever the secret ingredient is, homemade just seems better to me.u00c2u00a0 Even in the poptart realm.u00c2u00a0 And believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of poptarts in my day.u00c2u00a0 Including the great sounding, but rarely living up to the real thing flavors like hot fudge sundae or chocolate chip cookie dough.

I’d still take one of these homemade ones any day.u00c2u00a0 Homemade poptarts are remarkably easy to make, and the many different filling ideas out there make them even better.u00c2u00a0 I like to use up whatever I have on hand, which in this case, was a little container of cinnamon and sugar from a previous recipe.

Cinnamon sugar poptarts anyone?u00c2u00a0 I also used nutella as a filling for the chocolate dough-ed poptart.u00c2u00a0 Now, you may be wondering why my poptarts are so heterogeneous.u00c2u00a0 Well…this is because I kind of cheated.u00c2u00a0 Whenever I make a pie or tart and wind up with extra dough, I wrap it up, pop it in the freezer, then thaw it out later to make poptarts.u00c2u00a0 Obviously, I had a few different kinds of leftover dough in the mix, so I didn’t actually use the dough recipe below.u00c2u00a0 Whether you make these with leftover dough or fresh, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the result.u00c2u00a0 I mean, come on, you just made your very own poptarts!

Homemade Poptarts
Prep time: 1 hour 15 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 1 hour 35 mins
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 -1 ½ tsp cinnamon, to taste
  • 4 tsp all-purpose flour
  • cinnamon chips (optional)
  • 4-6 Tbsp nutella
  • 1 large egg, to brush on pastry before filling
  1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Work in the butter with your fingers until pea-sized lumps of butter are still visible, and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. Whisk the egg and milk together and stir them into the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive, kneading briefly on a well-floured surface if necessary.
  2. Divide the dough in half (approximately 8 1/4 ounces each), shape each half into a disc, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 mins or up to 2 days.
  3. Next, make the filling. *These measurements make enough to fill about 9 tarts. If you want some poptarts with nutella filling, I’d recommend halving this recipe. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon, flour and cinnamon chips is using.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to soften and become workable, about 15 to 30 minutes. Place one piece on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8u00e2u0080u00b3 thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9u00e2u0080u00b3 x 12u00e2u0080u00b3. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Cut each piece of dough into thirds – you’ll form nine 3u00e2u0080u00b3 x 4u00e2u0080u00b3 rectangles.
  5. Beat the additional egg and brush it over the entire surface of the first dough. This will be the “inside” of the tart; the egg is to help glue the lid on. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping a bare 1/2-inch perimeter around it. Place a second rectangle of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides. Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.
  6. Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; you want to make sure steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries. Refrigerate the tarts (they don’t need to be covered) for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re a light golden brown. Cool in pan on rack and enjoy warm or at room temperature.

Makes 8-10 poptarts. I like to freeze excess pie dough and use it in place of the pastry in this recipe (since they’re the same thing really).

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

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  • katie
    July 9, 2012 - 5:03 am | Permalink

    That’s a great idea about the dough!

  • July 10, 2012 - 4:06 am | Permalink

    I love poptarts, but I’m too scared to make them at home, it seems hard! But what am I if I don’t try, right? This looks great!

    • July 10, 2012 - 11:22 am | Permalink

      It’s really not that hard at all. It doesn’t matter if they don’t look perfect, they’ll still taste amazing! Go for it!! :)

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