These are such a cute way of using up pie dough or even the scraps of dough left over from when you are making and trimming a pie. The filling is just simple, it’s premade jam, I used strawberry- but you can use any flavour that you love. I tinted the glaze a dusty rose colour to match the strawberry flavour, you can leave it white or colour it whatever colour you’d like. The only thing I will suggest is to use gel food colouring- not the liquid. When you are making an icing sugar glaze, very little liquid can make a big difference in the consistency. You don’t want to be adding too much more liquid when you have reached the desired consistency.
The jam I used was bakery-style jam which basically means it is quite a bit thicker than the jam you buy in the store or you make at home. If the jam you are using is a little runnier than you would like it- put the jam in a small saucepan with 1 tBsp of water and 1 tBsp of cornstarch. Bring this all to a boil and continue to stir until it is thickened. Make sure to let it cool before piping it onto your dough. This is a really easy way to slightly thicken you jam without compromising the flavour.
If you want to make this recipe vegan- simply substitute the cold butter for shortening or vegan butter. When it comes to the egg/milk wash for the tops and inside of the poptarts- any non-daisy milk will do just as well. I think it’s important to understand that having a vegan option can be just as delicious and successful as the “regular” version.
You can make these as big or as small as you would like. The poptarts you can buy in the store I find are much too big. I made mine quite a bit smaller, but you can of course choose to make them as big or little as you would like.
I have seen some photos of people making larger vent holes in the pastry, or even using a small cookie cutter and cutting a design into the dough. Because I covered these in a glaze, I decided to keep it simple with the fork holes- but a small heart cookie cutter in the middle of these poptarts could be a really cute idea too.
You want the glaze to be slightly runny, but also maintain it’s shape to achieve the “dripping” look down the sides of the poptarts. This may take a bit of trial and error, even if you don’t get it perfectly right- they will still taste incredible.
The classic look is with rainbow sprinkles on the top- however this is where you can get creative. I think it is important that when you are plating or decorating a dessert- the outside should reflect what is on the inside. In this case, I coloured the glaze pink because the flavour is strawberry. I think this is a good rule of thumb, as we don’t want to confuse the people we are baking these for. If you see a yellow glaze you might bite into it and expect to taste lemon, and if you taste chocolate- you might have a negative reaction at first. Of course, this is just my personal rule of thumb, you can do whatever your heart desires!
I love the way these turned out and I really hope you all try it! I shared a recipe for a basic pie dough that you can use. If you have store-bought pie dough or have your own pie dough recipe it will work just as well for this recipe!
Ingredients For the Glaze: Process
Homemade Strawberry PopTarts
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