• Jackie Brubaker

Reluctant Housewife: Berry Pop Tarts

In honor of February I'm bring you a month of baking recipes! Yay! Get your ovens ready!

Do you all remember eating pop tarts as a kid? Or, even those super bad for you packaged hand pies coated in sugary glaze? I used to love those hand pies, especially the berry ones. But I'd always get sick to my stomach after eating one. Am I surprised? I mean, come on. There must have been so many chemicals in those things. But, I did love the idea and now that I'm a grown up I can make my own sans stomach ache! Whoopee!

If you're looking for a tiny challenge this is the recipe for you. And, by tiny challenge I mean not using a cake mix. It requires remade pie dough or frozen puff pastry. I prefer puff pastry but they were out when I went to the market so pie dough it is! Puff pastry will make your pop tarts more like toaster strudels. Yuuuum!!

Watch the Reluctant Housewife episode here and grab the recipe below!


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Berry Pop Tarts

1 box of frozen pie dough

1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch

1 1/2 tbsp room temperature water

12 oz. bag of frozen berries

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/8 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the cornstarch and water together until it looks milky.

In a medium saucepan put together the berries, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently, about 4-6 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil stirring often. Once it's at a boil bring off the heat. Stir in vanilla here. Allow to cool to room temperature or in the fridge.

Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface lay out your pie dough or puff pastry.

Cut rectangles as big or as small as you like. I prefer smaller bite size ones. Brush the bottom edges of the rectangles with an egg wash. That's simply whisking an egg in a bowl and painting it onto the dough.

Take about a tbsp of berry mixture and place it on one of your rectangles. Take the empty rectangle and place it on top. Take a fork and press the edges. Juice will come out if you put too much berry mixture. It's okay. It happens.

Brush the tops of your pastry with the egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 30-35 minutes. Check earlier than 30 minutes to see if they're golden brown. Some ovens run hot.

Once done allow to cool for about ten minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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