Homemade Poptarts

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Homemade PopTarts
Homemade PopTarts are just about the easiest snack in the world to make for kids (and adults).  I've made them on this blog before.  

The kids and I made them again this weekend and I changed up my recipe just a bit.

Homemade Pop Tarts
(makes approximately 16)

For this recipe you will need:
2 - Refrigerator pie crusts (I use the ones in the box, but homemade is fine too)
2-3 Tablespoons melted butter
Your favorite Jelly or Jam
1 egg (optional)
granulated sugar (optional) 

Rolling Pin
Pastry brush

Allow the crust to sit outside the refrigerator for a few minutes.
Room temperature dough is less likely to crack.
Pre heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Unroll 1 pie crust.  Use the rolling pin to flatten and thin out the crust.  Roll it to approx 1/4" thickness.  Be careful not to roll the crust too thin.

I prefer to use a store bought refrigerated pie crust, but you can certainly use home made.

Store bought crust works GREAT for this recipe.

I cover my cutting board in plastic for this recipe.  The dough is less likely to stick to the plastic covered board.  

Add a thick layer of jam
Add a thick layer of jam to the dough.  The jam should be in the shape of your poptarts.

Fold the dough in half and cut out the tarts
Fold the dough in half and cut out the tarts.

Use a fork to crimp the edges of the tart
Use a fork to crimp the edges of the dough and transfer the tarts to a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Make a few vent holes in the top of the tarts.

In a bowl, combine the egg with 1 Tablespoon of water to create an egg wash.

Egg Wash makes the tarts nice and brown
Brush the tarts with egg wash.

Brush the top of the tarts with egg wash
Special Note:  You can brush the tarts with either egg wash or melted butter.  The egg wash makes them nice and brown.  The butter gives a richer flavor.  If you prefer you can skip the egg wash AND the butter and just leave them plain.

Lightly sprinkle the tarts with sugar.

A little sugar for extra sweetness
Bake in a 400 degree oven until lightly brown.

Bake until lightly brown

The jam in these tarts hold a LOT of heat and can easily burn your mouth.  Please allow them to cool thoroughly before you attempt to eat them.


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