I never grew up with Pop Tarts, though just about everyone I know seems to have a childhood story about them. I always saw them on telly as a kid but wasn't allowed to have them. Then they kind of disappeared for a while. They've recently made a return here so I picked up a packet with my partner and indulged my curiosity and his nostalgia. They were nice enough, but they did taste like fake. So I decided I needed to make some home made versions.
For me these were going to be all about the pastry. I wanted a short butter pastry that could take on a similar biscuit-like texture to the original pop tarts. I settled on using a pasta frolla, and oh man was it the perfect choice. This is one of my favourite pie pastries for a reason: it's incredible.
The fillings, from top to bottom:
- fresh apple and cinnamon
- apricot jam
- home-made strawberry jam
I decided to ice half for nostalgic reasons, and leave the others un-iced. Those I sprinkled with raw sugar, and in the case of the apple cinnamon one MOAR cinnamon. Here's the recipe
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