Pop Tarts

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Ever wondered how to make Pop Tarts? These classic American snacks have legendary status across the pond. You don't often see them in UK shops, so why not make your own versions at home with the kids?

A Pop Tart is essentially a filling of strawberry jam (or Nutella) wrapped up in a little parcel of short crumbly pastry and topped with a simple icing and some sprinkles if you'd like. American shop bought Pop Tarts have been around since 1964 and are actually made to be cooked in the toaster as a really quick treat. We think putting in a little extra effort and making your own is a lot more rewarding.

Obviously with this Pop Tarts recipe there is no need to put them in the toaster!


  1. To make the pastry, pulse the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs. Or you can rub in by hand.

    • 240g Allinson Plain flour
    • 180g Butter (Unsalted)
    • 1 tbsp Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
  2. Beat 1 egg and 2 tbsp. milk in a separate bowl and then add about 1 tbsp. of it (you wont need it all) to the flour mixture, and bring the dough together. It will be very soft and short. Divide into 2 equal parts and wrap them in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

    Top Tip: Chilling time
    • 1 Eggs (Large)
    • 2 tbsp Milk
  3. To make the filling, mix the corn flour with 1 tbsp. cold water and then add this to your jam to make a silky mixture.

    • 1 tbsp Corn flour
    • 220g strawberry Jam
  4. When the pastry has rested, roll each half out to 30x21cm and cut into 9 equal rectangles.

  5. Beat the remaining egg and brush the surface of one of the sets of rectangles.

    Spoon a heaped teaspoon onto the centre of each "egged" rectangle.

    Then take the other rectangles and gently use them to top those with the jam and press them sealed, taking care not to let the jam ooze out.

  6. Line 1 or 2 baking sheets with parchment. Carefully lift your pop tarts onto the parchment and finally seal each one with the tines of a fork. Finally brush the tops with beaten egg and prick with a fork to let the steam escape.

    Put the trays into the fridge and chill, uncovered for 30 minutes.

    Preheat your oven to 210ºc/190ºc fan, bake the Pop tarts for 18-20 minutes, but keep a close eye on them from 15 minutes.

  7. To make the icing, mix your icing sugar with water a teaspoon at a time until you make a thick but still runny glace icing.

    Top Tip: Flavoured icing
    • 200g Silver Spoon Icing sugar
    • few drops Nielsen-Massey Rose Water
  8. Once the pop tarts are cool, top with a little icing and sprinkle with hundreds and thousands.

    • sprinkle Hundreds and thousands

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  1. 5 star rating

    A most delicious recipe for Pop Tarts. I only needed to use one large egg and half the quantity of jam was quite sufficient. 15 minutes baking was perfect. Leave to cool before icing. When you are ready to eat them I suggest you warm them for a few minutes at a very low temperature in your oven. I will certainly be making them again in the not too distant future.

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