Homemade pop tarts are a fun breakfast treat. Fill this delicious pastry with your favorite jam and top with a simple glaze. They look like the original and taste even better.
As a kid, I loved having a Pop-Tart for breakfast or a snack occasionally. My favorite flavors were frosted strawberry and S'mores. And in college, I would stock up on Pop-Tarts as an option for an easy breakfast before class. However, as a mom to two, conscious of what I feed my children and with a passion for baking, I now prefer to make homemade pop tarts. This recipe easy to make, looks like the original Pop-Tarts, and tastes even better.
Homemade pop tarts begin with my all-butter pie crust. The pastry is cut into rectangles, chilled, and then filled with your favorite jam. Once baked and cooled, these pop tarts are topped with a simple glaze, and for an extra fun presentation, topped with sprinkles.
Before you begin
Take out the following baking equipment.
Digital kitchen scale
2 baking sheet pans
2 small bowls
Toothpick, skewer, or chopstick
Wire cooling rack
Read the recipe through from start to finish.
These homemade pop tarts begin with my all-butter pie crust. Using only butter, as opposed to a combination of butter and shortening, creates a pastry that is flaky with a mouthwatering sensation. Ensure that all of your pastry ingredients are cold (ideally, butter and water should come straight from the refrigerator) when added to the dough. Doing this will prevent your butter from melting and losing its flakiness.
It's essential to take the time to chill your dough. First, chill your dough once you mix it, which allows the gluten to relax and for the butter to chill back down. Then after you cut your dough into rectangles, chill your dough a second time to chill your butter again down. Finally, after your homemade pop tarts are filled, chill one last time before baking to allow them to rest. This will also allow the dough to firm up again and prevent the pop tarts from spreading in the oven.
Select your favorite flavor jam for the filling. It is better to choose a jam over preserves as preserves have large chunks of fruit. The smoother the consistency for the filling, the more ideal it is for these homemade pop tarts.
How to thicken your filling
When using jam filling, I suggest cooking it before adding to your homemade pop tarts to thicken the consistency. Doing this will help prevent your mixture from oozing out, and it will add a lovely texture.
Begin with whisking the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl. Add your favorite jam and cornstarch mixture to a small saucepan and whisk together. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil and allow to simmer for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool while you prepare the pastry dough.
How to cut your dough
Once your dough has chilled, on a lightly floured work surface, roll it to about 1/8 - 1/4-inch thick. You should have at least a 9 by 12-inch rectangle. Using a pastry wheel, knife, or pizza cutter, cut the short end of the dough into three 3-inch strips and the long end into three 4-inch strips to produce 9 rectangles (each measuring 3 by 4-inches).
During the process of rolling your dough and cutting, work quickly and efficiently to prevent your dough from warming up too much. Doing so will also make it easier to transfer your dough to your prepared baking pans while keeping the perfect rectangle shapes.
Tips and Takeaways
- Use a ruler to measure out your pastry dough for the homemade pop tarts. It will allow for precision, which will create perfect rectangles. I love using this ruler for all my baking because it's wide and easy to use.
- Homemade pop tarts freeze well. Once they are baked and cooled completely to room temperature, you can store them in a freezer bag and place in the freezer for up to 2 months. To serve, thaw overnight and reheat in a 350°F/177°C oven for 10 minutes.
- If you love chocolate, you can omit the fruit filling and fill with Nutella as a delicious option. Alternatively, you can use the chocolate filling from my chocolate brioche as another option.
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