Ever since I made the happy discovery that I can eat nutella, a whole new world has opened up to me. From nutella on a lightly toasted bagel, to nutella cookies, to my latest obsession, these homemade Pop-Tarts. I grew up eating Pop-Tarts; as a kid, they were the perfect portable breakfast or snack. Even though I haven’t had a Pop-Tart in years, it wasn’t until recently that I actually stopped to read the ingredients list on one of the packages. Right then and there, I decided that I needed to give my beloved childhood pastry a remake. Fortunately, I found a recipe for toaster tarts on the King Arthur Flour website. All that was left to do was to let my imagination run wild with filling ideas, both sweet and savory – although the nutella ones won out as my favorites. My baking buddy Becky suggested that next time I should try a s’mores filling, and I’m thinking that that definitely needs to happen. Make these this weekend for breakfast and experiment with favorite fillings of your own!
Recipe adapted from here.
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1″ pieces
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp milk
- 1 egg + 1/2 Tbsp water (to brush on pastry)
Fillings (use about a tablepoon of each):
- Nutella with white chocolate chips
- Strawberry jam
- SunButter and jam
- Minced apple with shredded white cheddar cheese
- Minced apple with a sprinkling of brown sugar
To make the dough, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Using a pastry blender, work the pieces of butter into the flour mixture.
In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg. Stir the egg mixture into the dough, and knead lightly to incorporate. Divide the dough in half, and then roll out each half on a lightly floured surface to about 1/8″ thickness. If you don’t want to make the pastries immediately, you can wrap each half of the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Cut the dough into rectangles about 3×4.”
Beat the additional egg with the water and brush it over the surfaces of the bottom pieces of dough. Place a tablespoon of the desired filling on the center of each piece of dough, and then place another piece of dough on top.
Use a fork to seal the edges.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Prick the top of each pastry multiple times with a fork. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack.