Wednesday, September 11, 2013

[Girl Moms] On Wednesdays We Wear Pink... while baking


Hello there! I'm Heather from over at Littlest Pretty Things. I'm so excited to be a part of Erinn's girl mom series! I am mom to Clara and due-in-Novemeber girl #2 so I think it's safe to say I've got the pink covered.

I think it's safe to say that moms of 2 year olds (boy or girl) can relate to the daily struggles and inane negotiations that start with the sun and end.. well.. never. Every child has her own tricks and I have found that if I want Clara do to something that she's not too keen on, it always helps to let her "do it" herself.

One of our daily points of exhaustion is eating -- much to my chagrin I have a picky eater on my hands.   One of the few ways I can get around it is to let Clara get her "e-pin" on and cook with me. Today it was (homemade) pop tarts.






Just being allowed to sit on the "big girl chair" in her "e-pin" near the over which is "HOT HOT" is usually enough to distract her into eating whatever it was we made.

And you're in luck! I have the recipe for you. Which I got from Smitten Kitchen. And is easy and delish (I don't think any of our 9 pop tarts made it though the night, whoops) Also -- hers are way prettier than mine. 



Homemade Pop Tarts 
From Smitten Kitchen

Pastry 
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk
 1 additional large egg (to brush on pastry)

Jam Filling 
3/4 cup (8 ounces) jam 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon cold water

Mix the jam with the cornstarch/water in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool. Use to fill the pastry tarts.

Make the dough:
Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with your fingers, pastry blender or food processor until pea-sized lumps of butter are still visible, and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. If you’ve used a food processor, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Whisk the first egg and milk together and stir them into the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive, kneading briefly on a well-floured counter if necessary.

Divide the dough in half (approximately 8 1/4 ounces each), shape each half into a smooth rectangle, about 3×5 inches. You can roll this out immediately or wrap each half in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Assemble the tarts:
If the dough has been chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to soften and become workable, about 15 to 30 minutes. Place one piece on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8″ thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9″ x 12″. [You can use a 9" x 13" pan, laid on top, as guidance.] Repeat with the second piece of dough. Set trimmings aside. Cut each piece of dough into thirds – you’ll form nine 3″ x 4″ rectangles.

Beat the additional egg and brush it over the entire surface of the first dough. This will be the “inside” of the tart; the egg is to help glue the lid on. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping a bare 1/2-inch perimeter around it. Place a second rectangle of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides. Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.

Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; you want to make sure steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries. Refrigerate the tarts (they don’t need to be covered) for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F.


Then.. as Clara would say.. Nummy nums!

7 comments:

  1. What a cutie pie! I can't wait to bake with my little guy!

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    1. Definitely something for girls and boys a like (maybe just a man-lier apron... or "e-pin") :) I can't wait to try this recipe too, never thought to make pop tarts, yum!

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  2. Those look amazing!!! And Clara is way too cute in her apron!!!

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  3. Definitely can relate to you as the mom of a 2.5 year old!!! And those look so cute and tasty!

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  4. Such a fun recipe idea! I love baking in the kitchen with my little girl, too. It has only gotten more fun the older and older she gets!

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  5. Oh yum. I'm going to try this recipe. :)

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