Considering I’ve only craved two things throughout this pregnancy, pizza once and Pop-Tarts twice, it was only a matter of time before I cooked some of these sweet treats.
The result? Yum. Close, but not quite the same. I think the dough portion is absolutely wonderful. The filling could use a little work, but this really depends on the type of tart you like. I offer a few filling suggestions below the recipe.
- ½ stick margarine (softened but not melted)
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose white flour
- extra flour for rolling
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2-3 TBS applesauce
- 1 TBS vanilla protein powder
- 3 TBS finely diced apples
- cinnamon for sprinkling
- brown or white sugar for sprinkling
- melted butter/margarine for the top (just a little bit)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Gather three squares of parchment paper (approx 10×10) and dust two with flour.
- Stir or sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Stir applesauce, vanilla protein powder, and diced apples together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl, mix the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture.
- With floured hands, take half the dough and place it on a floured piece of parchment paper. Press it out slightly, dust with flour, and top with the un-floured piece of parchment. Roll with rolling pin until very thin.
- Place rolled dough on baking sheet. Peel back top layer of parchment and cover with applesauce mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
- Roll out the second half of the dough in the same way, matching the shape of the first half of the dough. Peel back parchment paper, and place atop filling. Peel back second layer of parchment.
- Press down on edges of dough, and if desired, cut edges to make a square or rectangle. Cut into desired tart pieces, mine yielded four medium tarts.
- Top dough with a little melted butter (like a two-crust pie), and sprinkle with additional cinnamon and sugar (omit if you’re making a glaze).
- Bake approximately 20 minutes or until starting to brown lightly on the edges. Remove from oven and cool completely before adding frosting or glaze.
As I mentioned earlier, there are numerous filling options. Mine was a bit dry, but the flavor was spot-on. This is why I totally recommend adding some finely sliced or diced apples, which I did not have in my tarts.
And these are not at all Pop-Tarts. They’re still good, but sorry… didn’t cut it.
I hope ya like my copycat recipe. If you give them a whirl, please let me know what you think and how you filled them.
- Ever recreated packaged foods at home?
- Pop-Tarts or Toaster Strudel?