Pop tarts with a twist

Prep: 80 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Pop tarts with a twist
These are such a lovely treat for the kids and being homemade just makes them extra special.
 

For the sweet pastry

240g plain flour, plus extra for rolling

200g butter, cut into chunks

1 tbsp caster sugar

2 large eggs

2 tbsp milk

Pinch of salt

For the cherry filling

9 heaped tbsp cherry jam

1 tbsp cornflour

For the topping

200g icing sugar

1 tsp almond extract (use water for nut-free)

Hundreds and thousands, sprinkles (optional)

Use a food processor to pulse the flour, butter, sugar and a pinch of salt until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Tip into a bowl. Beat together one of the eggs and the milk then add this gradually and mix until you have a dough that comes together (about 1 tablespoon).

Knead the dough for a few seconds then divide into two, shape into rough rectangles, wrap in cling film.

Chill for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the cornflour with 1 tablespoon of cold water until dissolved.

Stir into the jam and set aside.

Remove the dough and roll both out on a lightly floured surface until there are two rectangles, roughly A4 in size.

Cut each sheet into 9 even sized rectangles.

Beat the remaining egg.

Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.

Taking two rectangles in turn, brush one entirely with egg.

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the mixture onto the other and sandwich together.

Transfer to the baking tray and use a fork to press the edges together.

Glaze with egg then prick with a skewer all over for the steam to escape.

Repeat then chill for 30 minutes uncovered.

Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4.

Remove from the fridge, glaze again with the eggg and cook for 18-22 minutes, until golden.

Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Make the icing sugar, almond extract (if using) and then add enough cold water, a drop at a time, until the icing is runny enough to paint onto the tarts.

Brush with the icing and then scatter with hundreds and thousands, sprinkles or whatever decoration, if you like. 

Serves
Makes 9

Preparation Time
80 minutes

Cooking Time
30 minutes

Main ingredients
Dairy, Flour, Fruit, Eggs, Sugar

Recipe Type
Kids Food

Cuisine
American

Level of Difficulty
Moderately Easy

Will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
 
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