Lately Peanut has been helping in the kitchen. I have him to help with the prep work for whatever we are cooking. I feel like I spend so much time in the kitchen, either cooking for this blog or cooking for my family. Most of the time I’m always telling Peanut to wait a minute while I finish. I realized that I hate always putting him off until I’m done when he just really wants to be included. So now, I just pull up a chair and have him pour ingredients and stir. It’s messy and takes longer than doing it myself but he is always so happy and proud and we get to work on something together.
I guess I should call this semi-homemade pop tarts but Sandra Lee might have trademarked calling any food semi-homemade. But, these pop tarts only require two ingredients. TWO! I have been on pop tart kick lately and I keep buying the organic ones. They are pretty delicious but kind of overpriced considering you only get three packets. My wife suggested that I try to make them myself. I decided to throw caution to the wind and whip these up.
All you need is refrigerated pie dough and jelly. I also made a frosting go over the top. You can skip the frosting for a “healthier” version, but really who is eating pop tarts for the health benefits.
First, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out your pie dough and cut it into rectangle shapes.
Next, add about teaspoon of jelly to the center of your dough rectangle. You can use more or less depending on your taste.
Place another rectangle of dough over the top of your jelly and crimp the edges with a fork.
Bake for 15 minutes.
To make the frosting, I really don’t have a recipe. I just dump things into a bowl and judge it by sight. I will try to give estimates of my measurements.
Pour a quarter cup of powered sugar in a bowl. Regular granule sugar will not work for this recipe since it will not melt.
Next, pour in enough milk to make it into a paste. I used heavy cream for this recipe since no one in my house drinks milk, we rarely have it on hand. The amount of liquid is purely personal prefence – less liquid will make a thicker frosting texture and more liquid will make more of a glaze.
Finally, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and stir it up.
After, cooling the pop tarts put a little glaze on them and devour.