Friday, December 17, 2010

Cherry Pop Tarts with Vanilla Bean Glaze

cherry pop tarts with vanilla bean glaze

Pop tarts. To some of us they’re magic words, a delicious breakfast food and a definite weakness of mine. But on closer inspection of the packet, there are over 50 ingredients in these highly processed treats, many of which I can’t even pronounce. They’re packed with sugar and sodium and are generally pretty bad for you. I thought I would try making them at home with a Christmassy twist, as a little edible Christmas present for some of my favourite people.

These babies are made with real butter with no high fructose corn syrup in sight! A delicious flaky pastry encases a sweet cherry jam and vanilla filling and is then topped with a sweet glaze spiked with vanilla bean. The pastry is relatively easy to make, although assembling the tarts can be a little fiddly and time consuming but completely worthwhile. I did however find the glaze a little on the thin side and didn’t coat the tarts as well as I’d liked, so I’ve adjusted the recipe below.

If I’d had a little more time, or if cherries were more affordable right now (many of NSW’s cherry crops have been affected by the recent floods) I would have made my own jam for the filling. I’ve been thinking up other flavour combinations – imagine rhubarb and ginger pop tarts! I thought they made lovely little presents and looked very cute packaged in clear cellophane bags, tied with a red and green striped ribbon! I’m so glad the girls liked them!

cherry pop tarts with vanilla bean glaze

Cherry Pop Tarts with Vanilla Bean Glaze
Adapted from Joy The Baker
Makes 8

• 2 cups plain flour
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 225g unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
• 1 large egg
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 large egg, for brushing the dough

For the filling
• 2 cups cherry jam
• 2 tablespoons plain flour
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the glaze
• 1 cup icing sugar
• 2 tablespoons milk
• ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped

In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add the cold butter and pulse until only pea sized lumps remain in your mixture. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the milk. Add the mixture all at once to the dry ingredients and pulse until moisture is introduced to all of the flour mixture. Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and knead the dough until it starts to hold together. Divide the dough in two, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

In the meantime, combine jam, flour and vanilla in a bowl and stir until combined.

Remove one piece of dough from the refrigerator. On a well floured surface, roll the dough out to 3mm thick. Trim the dough into rectangles 14 x 8cm. Place the dough rectangles onto a baking tray lined with baking paper and refrigerate while you prepare the second piece of dough in the same way. Brush one set of 8 squares with a beaten egg. This will act as the glue for the top layer of dough. Spoon an even layer of jam into the center of each brushed dough square. Top with a second piece of dough and use a floured fork to crimp the sides closed. Use the tines of the fork to create vent holes in each tart.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Let the tarts rest in the fridge while the oven preheats. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. While the tarts bake, whisk together the ingredients for the glaze and set aside. Let baked tarts rest on a cooling rack to cool completely before glazing. Best served within 2 days.

14 comments:

Karen @ Citrus and Candy said...

These were awesome! Especially slightly warm out of the oven. Thanks so much your gift!

I so have to give these a go with strawberry jam ummm....

Hannah said...

I just saw Feijoa jam for the first time today, and now I'm imagining feijoa pop tarts with a dark chocolate sauce :)

When I was on exchange in the States in 2007, I spent a few months trying countless flavours of poptarts before I accepted that I simply didn't like how excruciatingly sweet and fake tasting they were.

Never once thought of making a real-food verison myself, though!

Stephcookie said...

OMG you have no idea how awesome these were. I really really want to make these now. So good warmed up in the microwave. LOVE them and you for making them. Thanks x 100000!

Amy said...

Oh wow. Need to try these. Need to try these as soon as possible.

Tiffany @ Conor & Bella said...

I bet these tasted awesome! Pop-Tarts are definitely a guilty pleasure kind of breakfast for me. Should make my own!

KayB said...

Must make these for my boyfriend, he loves poptarts! Shame you can't easily get them in Australia anymore.. They're so expensive!

Jun said...

Great! I usually buy pop tarts; now I can make it myself!

buttersweetmelody said...

yum! homemade poptarts are about as good as it gets!
Yours looks delicious and pretty!
-Amalia
http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

bigFATcook said...

yummy!! This is certainly going to be on my table soon!! :))

linda said...

Thank you so much for the recipe Lisa. These were delicious. I had it for breakfast and wish I had more for lunch and dinner. I'm with karen,can't wait to fill it with strawberry jam.

tori said...

These look darn, darn good... thank you for the recipe!

Trissa said...

Hi Lisa,
The pop tarts are a lovely idea. I wish I got to try them... I'm bookmarking the pastry recipe and instructions on how to make the pop tarts - I'd love to try this on a savoury as well.

La Lola said...

Happy Holidays! Cant wait for new posts. Dying over here :)

PS- Blog award for you. Silly but sweet and all I have to give this holiday season. xoxo http://becominglola.blogspot.com/2010/12/one-lovely-blog-award-for-becoming-lola.html

Phoebe said...

These look absolutely delicious!!! I will certainly make them! :)

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