My husband's favorite treat growing up are Pop-Tarts and of course he wanted our children to enjoy them like he did growing up. I don't like them very much (shh, don't tell him) for I find them too sweet for my taste. My husband and I can agree there are way too many unnecessary ingredients in these toaster pastries. So when he gets a craving, we usually buy this organic brand but this gave me a little project to search for a homemade version. This was my first try.
I started with a pate brisee and filled them with apples I've diced and simmered with some sugar, a little cinnamon and a vanilla pod taken out from my mason jar-filled homemade extract. The tops were brushed with some egg whites and baked for about 25 minutes.
Although they came out great, I can't really call them Pop-Tarts-toaster pastries. They were more hand pies or empanadas. I think a different dough is needed that's not too flaky and a little more crumbly. I'd probably use a jam or pureed filling since they came out "dome-y" as my boys said (after they inhaled them!). Next time, I'd like to glaze them and sprinkles, too.
If you have a recipe, please leave me a comment. Do you like Pop-Tarts? What's your favorite flavor? What fillings would you like to see in one?