Friday, April 5, 2013

DIY Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Toaster Tarts

My little guy Carson loves Pop-Tarts. Frosted or not they're his favorite snack or on the go breakfast. I told him I was going to try my hand at making a DIY version, and all he said was good luck, little stinker.

I will be the first to admit that I've never made my own Toaster Tarts, but I was willing to give it a try. I headed to Walmart to get all the supplies I needed for these yummy tarts. I used my favorite Jiffy Pie Crust to make the pastry. 


If you want you can use your own favorite pie crust recipe, but this particular time I wanted a quick and easy version. I can always depend on Jiffy's Pie Crust to turns out every time. I chose Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Toaster Tarts, because that's Carson's favorite and I wanted to surprise him.

If you prefer a fruit filled toaster tart I highly recommend Bonne Maman Strawberry Fruit Preserves. It's the perfect consistency for toaster tarts and has the least amount of additives. I would have used my homemade jam, but I'm in desperate need of making a new batch.
 

For my first time at making DIY Toaster tarts, they  turned out awesome! To seal the deal I had to get my sons approval. He was surprised at how much they looked like the real thing. He took a bite and said "mom you did good".



DIY Brown Sugar & Cinnamon Toaster Tarts
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Pastry: 
2 - boxes Jiffy Brand Pie Crust
8 - 10 tablespoons cold water
1 - egg beaten (to seal edges of dough)


Brown Sugar - Cinnamon Filling:
5 - tablespoons brown sugar
5 - teaspoons granulated sugar
1 - tablespoon all purpose flour
1 - teaspoons ground cinnamon

Glaze:
1 - cup powdered sugar
2 - tablespoons milk
1/2 - teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 - teaspoon vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare pasty according to package directions adding cold water. Cut dough in half and roll pasty out on a floured surface to 1/8" thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9" x 12". Trim off the edges;

Using a pizza cutter cut dough into 6 even squares or the
desired size that you would like. Mix the filling ingredients and set aside. Brush the beaten egg on the edges of each square (this will act as glue).

Place a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar filling into the center of each rectangle to within 1/2 of the outside. Place the second sheet of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the edge sealing the sides.

Press the teeth of fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.
Place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; so the steam can escape, or the tarts will look like a pillow rather than flat.
 

Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on the baking pan for about 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a baking rack.

When tarts are completely cool, mix the glaze ingredients together and brush on each toaster tart. I used two coatings. Let dry until glaze hardens. 

Cook's Note: Recipe makes 8-1o tarts depending on the size. You can also omit the glaze and make plain toaster tarts.

Inspired by: Chow

If you're looking for a healthier pie crust, I used the recipe below to make a batch of Mini Strawberry Toaster Bites. I cut the pie crust into mini squares and filled each one with about 1/2 teaspoon of jam.
 



Healthier Pastry Crust

1 1/4 - cups white whole wheat flour
2 - teaspoons sugar
1/4 - teaspoon salt
1 - stick (1/2 cup) cold butter, cut into pieces
1/4 - cup ice water, more if needed 

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar and salt together well. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until the pieces resemble coarse crumbs.

Add the 1/4  cup of water, and with your hands, bring the flour and butter mixture together until it forms a dough. Or use the paddle attachment of your kitchen aid. 

If you need more water, sprinkle more over the dough a tablespoon at a time. Handle the dough as little as possible, gathering it together and patting it into a ball.




This is a sponsored post.
As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program. I've received a gift card and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions stated above are entirely my own.

5 comments:

Anonymous said... #

I am going to try these ! They look yummy !

Michelle said... #

Made these with refrigerator pie dough. They really are good. You can even put them in the toast if they are not frosted.

Leslie said... #

They look so yummy! I've already pinned this recipe!
Blessings,
Leslie

Anonymous said... #

How do you store these? Can you freeze them and take what you need to toast in the toaster? Good job with your food blog. :-)

Lisa B

Tina Butler said... #

I have never froze pop tarts. I'm not sure if you can even freezer the regular brand. I just store them in a air tight container.