I’m a child of the 1970s, and though my mom baked fresh bread, made her own yogurt, and had a vegetable garden, there was a certain amount of junk food that my brother and I always asked for. I loved cherry Pop-Tarts as a kid. I haven’t had one in many years, so I thought I’d create a somewhat adult version of the pastry (but don’t put these in the toaster!).
Experiment with your favorite types of jam to re-create a Pop-Tart flavor you loved as a kid. You can embellish the tarts with all sorts of fancy sprinkles, or stir a little food coloring into a portion of the glaze and sling it across the top.–Kim Laidlaw
LC By Toaster Tarts Obsessed Note
Yes, toaster tarts. Even if you weren’t obsessed by the boxed, preservative-laden version of these as a kid, we think you’ll find yourself intrigued by this made-from-scratch, choose-your-filling rendition. (We’re told that Nutella is a particularly swoon-inducing filling.) In fact, one of our recipe testers, who shall remain nameless, made them three times in as many weeks. Three times. What’s that you say? You can’t imagine making them yourselves? Nonsense. They’re soooo easy to make, as illustrated by this quirky and quick snippet from Home Baked Comfort author Kim Laidlaw, the brilliant baker behind this recipe.
Toaster Tarts Recipe
Hands-On Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | Makes 12
- For the pastry
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the work surface
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
- For the filling
- 3/4 cup your favorite flavor jam (the author relies on sour cherry; we’re partial to rhubarb)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water
- 1 large egg, beaten with 1 teaspoon warm water
- For the glaze
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
- 2 teaspoons whole milk
- 2 teaspoons corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Make the dough
- 1. In a food processor, combine the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt and process until blended. Add the butter and process again just until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Add the egg yolk and milk and process until the dough just comes together. Dump the dough onto a double layer of overlapping sheets of plastic wrap. Press the dough into a disk, wrap it with the plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to overnight.
- Make the filling
- 2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the jam and cornstarch, stirring quite frequently but not constantly, until slightly thickened and bubbly. Let cool.
- Assemble the toaster tarts
- 3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough in half and form each portion into a rough rectangle. Roll one rectangle until it measures about 16 by 9 inches. Using a ruler and a pizza cutter, cut the rectangle into 12 small rectangles, each about 3 by 4 inches. Set the rectangles on a baking sheet and refrigerate while you repeat with the remaining dough.
- 4. Lightly brush half the rectangles with the beaten egg. Place a tablespoon dollop of the filling in the center of each egg-brushed rectangle and use the back of the spoon to spread it evenly over the dough, leaving a border of about 1/2 inch. Top each filling-slathered rectangle with a plain rectangle and press the edges together with your fingertips to seal, being careful not to let the filling ooze out the sides. Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork. Place 6 tarts on each baking sheet, spacing them evenly, Prick the tarts all over with the fork. Refrigerate while the oven preheats.
- 5. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and position 2 oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. Bake the tarts, rotating the pans once halfway through, until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
- Make the glaze
- 6. Meanwhile, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla until smooth. Set aside at room temperature until needed.
- 7. Stir the glaze to recombine. Drizzle or smear the glaze on the cooled tarts. If desired, decorate with sprinkles.
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Toaster Tarts Recipe © 2012 Kim Laidlaw. Photo © 2012 Eric Wolfinger. All rights reserved.