Thursday, October 7, 2010

Adventures in Pop Tart Baking

That's right, I made my own poptarts. The real things, the ones from Kellogg's, are my Achilles heal. I lived on diet coke and chocolate poptarts when I was in college. The were my breakfast most days. I love them, I can't help it. Even now, when I know how terrible they are, they are my go-to breakfast when I'm running late. I can get one strawberry tart at the gas station for $0.69. And then I feel like crap the rest of the day. Hubby loves them too.

So, I set out to make my own and try and make them at least a little healthier. I found the recipe at Smitten Kitchen. I followed her recipe almost exactly, except I did the half whole wheat, half white flour version. And they were pretty good.

Homemade Nutella tarts
 I made two different kinds. One with raspberry jam and one with my homemade nutella. But, my nutella is very crumbly because I store it in the fridge and I made it with coconut oil, so they don't look as  pretty as hers do! I also made one that was half and half because I had just a little jam left from the first four. That one was amazing!
Raspberry tarts
 Apparently my fork pricks didn't make it all the way through the top layer, because they all puffed up quite a bit. And the tarts with the jam in them are a little soft still, they didn't bake up hard like the others did. I'm thinking they could've gone in for a little bit longer.
Baked and cooled the next morning. Not bad really.
The verdict: These are good, but they aren't the same. Which is okay I guess. They're good on their own. And if I keep some around, I won't succumb to the 8am frenzy that is the gas station!

This post is part of the Simple Lives Thursday and Pennywise Platter!

11 comments:

  1. They look really good, Ang! I might try these today with Micah. :)

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  2. dang that first one looks huge! :) happy u finally made some, think u will continue making these?

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  3. Yeah, my sizing was a little screwed up! I will def. Continue to make them, but probably in larger batches and freeze.

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  4. i have seen a few blogs that played with the dough recipe for better freezing, some did not like how they froze at all *shrug* did u freeze any yet?

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  5. What a great idea! I will have to make some up for the kids. Yeah, the kids ;)

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  6. Hi! I linked over from Pennywise Platter Thursdays. I saw "poptart" and had to come see :) I've been meaning to make some ever since I saw Alton Brown make them on Good Eats. Maybe I'll be motivated now that I've seen how good yours turned out!

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  7. Carla & Lisa - good luck! They were a lot easier than I thought and turned out great. I think next I'll try some cocoa in the dough!

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  8. I've been meaning to make these as well - glad to hear they came out for you! I've wanted to make them with chocolate peanut butter filling. But then I guess that would really make them a cookie. Maybe I can make them with bacon and cheese inside...
    xo, Sustainable Eats

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  9. I just ate one that was only my nutella, and it was delicious! Better than any "real" poptart I've ever had :)

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  10. My kids will think I have fallen completely over the health food edge when I make them these!LOL I can't wait to see their faces! thanks!

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