There is a coffee shop right down the street from me that sells little homemade pop tarts and every time I’m in the area, I pick one up. Because who can say no to a homemade pop tart?!
BUT I’m not always in the mood to make the effort to walk down there and pick one up. Guess I’m pretty lazy. So, I figured making them at home would be the next best option. Naturally, Anissa stepped in and made some killer mixed berry pop tarts that are giving the ones I buy down the street a serious run for their money. They kind of remind me of the ‘apple of my eye’ pies we made a while back, if you remember those. And they’re really easy to make too, as it turns out.
Want to make your own? Here’s what you’ll need to get started…
Ingredients for Pop Tarts:
- 2 boxes of pie crust
- 2 12oz bags of mixed berry frozen OR fresh fruit
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon of water
*You can switch out the mixed berries for another filling, if desired.
Ingredients for Pop Tart Glaze:
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 3 tablespoons of half and half
- gel food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Once the pie crusts have thawed, roll out and create rectangles for the pop tarts. We were able to create 4 rectangles from one pie crust sheet, which meant 8 rectangles per box. You should have 16 rectangles total (or at least an even number).
Set the rectangles aside. In a medium sauce pan add the mixed berry fruit, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, and cornstarch.
Stir until everything has combined and the mixture has thickened (about 10 minutes). Pour into a bowl and allow the filling to cool in the refrigerator for about 20 mins.
As the mixture is cooling you can make your egg wash, simply crack one egg into a bowl and add the tablespoon of water, whisk together.
Once you are ready to assemble, place 8 of the rectangles down on to the cookie sheet. Then add two spoonfulls of filling to each rectangle.
Next, place the remaining 8 rectangles on top of the fillings and, using a fork, press down around the edges to seal your pop tarts.
Before you place your pop tarts into the oven, brush the tops with the egg wash.
Next, place the pop tarts into the oven for 8 minutes. Remove and cover just the crimped edges with foil and place back into the oven for 2 more minutes, until the tops are golden brown.
Finally, remove from the oven and let them cool on a cooling rack. If desired, add a glaze (mix 1 cup of powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons of half and half, gel food coloring (optional) in bowl and add to pop tarts) and sprinkles on top. Enjoy!
Pretty simple, right?
Recipe by Anissa Saxton
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Are you a homemade pop tart fan? What kind of filling is your favorite?