Easy Homemade Pop Tarts with Crazy Icing

These days, I find it hard to justify the consumption of real Pop-Tarts. 

Don't get me wrong... I love them. They're SO good. But their ingredients list is a little offputting and I figure, why mess around with that shiz when you can make your own and enjoy them almost as much? 

My homemade pop tarts are very easy to make and they taste something like the real thing. Some people might think they're better; others will declare them inferior. All I know is, the pastry is soft and crumbly, the filling is sweet and sticky and the icing hardens with a glorious dull sheen.

Homemade Pop Tarts Ingredients

  • 113g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • Up to 1 tablespoon water (to get consistency right)
  • About 1/2 cup of your favourite jam (preferably a less runny jam)

Homemade Pop Tart Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 175C (350C) and line a baking tray with baking paper
2. Combine all ingredients except water and jam in the food processor until just combined into a crumbly mixture
3. Add water a teeny bit at a time, pulsing the food processor in between, until the dough comes together enough to work with it
4. Flour a work surface and roll the dough out to about .5cm thickness
5. Cut out your cute shapes, ensuring you do them in sets of two (one for the top of the pop tart and one for the bottom)
6. Carefully transfer your shapes to the baking tray
7. Spoon a little bit of jam onto half of the shapes, spreading it out evenly but leaving a border around the edges
8. Place the matching shapes on top of the jammed halves and use your finger or a fork to seal the edges
9. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden on the edges
10. Allow to cool and make your icing while you wait!

Homemade Pop Tart Crazy Icing Ingredients

  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • Food colouring colours of choice

Homemade Pop Tart Crazy Icing Ingredients

1. Combine icing sugar and milk in a bowl and stir until a thick icing forms
2. Separate your icing into separate bowls, depending how many different colours you want
3. Add the food colouring to each bowl
4. When the tarts are completely cool, spread icing onto the tops of them and use other colours to do stripes, polka-dots or drizzling!

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