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Pop Tarts are a favorite around here with my family. However, as I’ve gotten older, they just don’t get me the same way. They just taste too fake. After seeing a bunch of different recipes for homemade, I thought I’d finally give it a try. They were so easy and turned out amazing! Now, I’m coming up with all sorts of flavor combinations to give a try.

Prepare your Pastry

Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple times. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is coarsely combined. Add the cold water and pulse just until the dough starts to hold together. Remove dough and divide in half. Shape each into disc and wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Make your Filling

Combine strawberries and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and mash. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until mixture reduces and begins to thicken. Mix cornstarch in tablespoon of water and add to jam mixture. Stir in, remove from heat, and cool until use.

Preheat over to 425°f.

Assemble Tarts

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to rest 10-15 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disc of dough into a 1/8 thick rectangle 10 inches by 16 inches. Divide into four 10 inch by 4 inch rectangles. Add to parchment paper. Brush all around edges with egg wash. Add 3 to 4 tbsp. of filling to center area of one half of pastry leaving edges clear. Fold dough over longways so three edges meet, making a 4 inch by 5 inch pastry. Press edges and then crimp edges with fork. Cut a couple small slits on the top to vent. Repeat with remaining disc.

Bake Tarts

Brush the tops with egg wash. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°f and bake another 15 minutes.

Cool thoroughly.

Make Icing & Finish

Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, milk, and jam. Drizzle on top of cooled tarts. Add sugar or sprinkles if desired. Let sit about 15 minutes for icing to set.

I’m thinking of trying peanut butter, chocolate chips, and marshmallow and mixing cocoa powder with the icing next! And maybe brown sugar and cinnamon inside with maple in the icing. How about raspberry or blueberry filling and lemon icing?

What do you think sounds good? I would love to hear!

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