Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Five Spice Cider & Buttermilk Pop Tarts

Five Spice Cider and Buttermilk Pop Tarts recipe from cherryteacakes.com
For being the foodie that I am there are just some foods, that for the life of me, I love with no reason. They are sitting on shelves for years, so packed full of processed chemicals and preservatives that they will survive along with the cockroaches after the apocalypse. I know when I taste them, that they are disgusting. That all the ingredients I can't pronounce are a sure sign I shouldn't be ingesting that "food." It shouldn't even be able to be called food, when not one ingredient on the list is a thing I can buy on it's own. I know I'd be very happy eating my Chris Eblow Fleur De Sel Dark Truffles, with ingredients I know and love, like sugar, dark chocolate, heavy cream, butter, and vanilla beans, a treat where I know and would use all the ingredients myself, but.....but.....sometimes you just crave foods that have things like:

 NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, TBHQ, DEXTROSE, CRACKER MEAL, CALCIUM CARBONATE, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, CARAMEL COLOR, SOY LECITHIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, NIACINAMIDE, REDUCED IRON, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), FOLIC ACID.

I can get behind the vitamins at the end, but I still don't know what reduced iron is! Don't I want full iron? What is cracker meal exactly? And I'm sorry to tell you that Niacinamide really sounds like it should be poison.

Despite that ingredient list I still find myself occasionally craving brown sugar pop tarts. It invariably leads to me standing in front of the pop tarts at the grocery store telling myself for five minutes there is no reason to crave a food with no redeeming value and a list of ingredients that include too many Ides. Ides didn't work out well for Caesar. Just sayin.

Recently for a project I've been working on, I was asked to create a pop tart recipe for their use. It was a moment that reminds me how idiotic I am, sitting in a little office eight blocks north of the White House, hitting my head on my desk. Why...why....I mean how on earth can I stand in a grocery store, craving pop tarts and not think to myself "Gee, I should make that!" Yep. I'm all sorts of genius right here.

With my obvious intelligence in mind, may I present to you pop tarts, in which you will recognize all the ingredients, spices, seasonings, and should save you at least five minutes per grocery run.


Five Spice Cider & Buttermilk Pop Tarts

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup chilled unsalted butter, diced
4 tablespoons buttermilk
12 tablespoons five spice cider jelly

Combine flour, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add butter. Cut in using hands or pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add buttermilk and stir with fork until moist clumps form.

Press together to form dough. Divide dough in half. Gather dough into balls; flatten into disks. Wrap separately and chill 1 hour.

Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough on floured surface to a large rectangle roughly 1/8th inch thick.  Cut into 5x3-inch or 2x4-inch rectangles. If desired use small cookie cutters to cut pieces out of half the rectangles, to create themed pop tarts such as the ones above. 

Spoon 1 to 1 and 1/2 tablespoons (depending on rectangle size) five spice cider jelly onto the center of four rectangles (the ones without holes punched out). Top with second dough rectangle. Carefully seal using a fork to press down each edge, as you would for a pie crust.

Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for a minimum of two hours.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake frozen tarts uncovered until golden about 25 to 30 minutes total. 

27 comments:

  1. I have wanted to make homemade pop tarts for forever! These look amazing, thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. Yum! Those look way better than regular poptarts! I bet they taste so much more delicious!

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  3. What a great recipe for a homemade Pop Tart!

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  4. These are gorgeous. Fantastic flavors!

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  5. That looks so good. I love love this recipe.

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  6. Haha, I see what you are saying about Caesar. The poptarts craving always hits me out of the blue too! (Maybe all those unpronounceable ingredients add up to a love potion?) I always thought they might be too difficult to recreate in my own kitchen, but thanks for forging ahead and proving otherwise.

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  7. Funny thing is, I can probably draw you chemical structures of all of those ingredients :) Don't worry, they aren't poison! Love your take on the pop tart, I've been mulling over trying to make them myself!

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  8. I know what you mean - the ingredient list that goes on forever and the result that sounds like it came from a science lab not a kitchen, but we love it.
    It's those things that make us determined to make the food at home and do a better job. I bet your pop tarts are 1000 x tastier than those old boxed things. I'll give them a try. Looks delish and sounds easy.

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  9. Not only are they gorgeous, but I bet the flavor is a homerun. Lovely recipe & idea.

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  10. Did you find yourself missing the frosting or were they what you were looking for in a Pop Tart?

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  11. Jana, this is a great post! I love the Ides joke, and I am chuckling at the idea of someone else tormenting themselves over the same "known-evil-but-remembered-pleasure" type self-debate. Will have to try these soon!

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  12. These look amazing and yummy! They make me wanna sing the sunshine song of happiness! Thank you for sharing and ahve a wonderful weekend :)

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  13. haha, what a fantastic idea! it is hard when you read the ingredients on many things in the supermarket (and my cupboard), its just not the way we are meant to live....

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  14. these look adorable. i love the apple cookie cutter

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  15. These look cute and tasty! Can't wait to try to make some :)

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  16. "Ides didn't work out well for Caesar." Ohhh this post definitely made me laugh! While I can totally appreciate your occasional love of unhealthy foods (Cheetos are my love), I really like the idea of making my own poptarts. Those things are just plain yum. :D

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  17. I love brown sugar pop tarts as well! Its funny because just yesterday I was in the grocery and saw a bag of mini poptarts and decided to try and make some myself very soon! Yours look lovely as usual!

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  18. that
    looks
    so
    freaking
    GOODODODDOD~

    you have my approval :P ellen

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  19. These definitely sound way better than the grocery store variety! Can't wait to try them out!

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  20. My niece adores pop tarts she says to tell you that she loves you.

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  21. Niacinamide really sounds like it should be poison. LOL its actually a B vitamin B3 i think

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  22. These look so great! It's funny, but I was just having a pop tart craving the other day. (Despite the fact that I know it's bad for me, and I only really like home baking.) Bookmarked!

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  23. Those look amazing! Not only do I love the concept of homemade pop tarts (because I have to admit that I used to live off of them...) but with your cider jelly... YUM!!!

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  24. You are so creative, and I love your home made Pop Tarts with apple cutouts. You might be able to market these.

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  25. I'm so glad I'm not alone. Something about pop-tarts...they just call my name. I really need to get on the homemade pop-tart bandwagon ASAP.

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  26. I never buy pop-tarts, but your picture is so gorgeous, I just had to stop by! These look so incredibly delicious! Wow - especially with the cider jelly. They would be a fantastic dessert!

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