Mother’s Day is right around the corner, so I am sharing these super delicious Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts. If you love yo mama and melt in your mouth flaky pop tarts, you will love these homemade strawberry pop tarts. I promise you will eat more than one. They are that good. A little indulgence is fine.
I told my kids that this year, for Mother’s Day, I want to spend time with them, sleep in, read handmade cards, because they are still young enough to do that.
I’ve been thinking of my own mama and wishing I can spoil her in person with a delicious meal. I made her some yummy homemade flavored salts from my blog and sent it to her to enjoy. She is a total foodie and enjoys all things food related. I got it from my mama for sure.
If we are fortunate, we grew up with moms who created a welcoming and beautiful home. Filled it with love and laughter and delicious food. That was my mom! For me, it can be hard to get a gift that even comes close to showing my appreciation for how much my mom has done throughout my life. My mom is the most beautiful, generous, self sacrificing woman I know.
She always cracks jokes when we talk or sends me some funny ones via text. I think my humor came from her for sure. Thinking of the ways I can say thank you to her and let her know how much I love her is never hard. She makes it easy.
When I asked her this year what she wanted for Mother’s Day gift, she always says nothing. But, then I was telling her about my new facial products I’ve been using on my face and how amazing it has been after using them and she was all for it. Because every mom deserves to feel beautiful and spoiled.
You can check out the things I got her below. And I’m no expert on beauty, but these are the things I have and love for my skin to nourish it and love on it.
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- Dr.G Brightening Peeling Gel
- Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerin
- The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
- Aphrodite Face Oil
- Jade Facial Roller
- White & Elm Sweet Almond Foaming Cleanser
Ok, let’s get back to baking. My friend Carly Diaz came over about a month ago to do a fun shoot together and we made these delicious homemade strawberry pop tarts together and did a little photo session. When I posted a sneak peak of this recipe, you all loved it so much, I figured I’d save it for a Mother’s Day post. Can’t wait to see all of your creations once you try this super easy recipe. Aren’t the edible flowers so pretty on top of the glaze?
She said Let’s play with pink things and if you have been following me for awhile, you know how obsessed with pink things I have been lately. I was all for it.
Since I am not a big baker and rarely do it. I do really like making pie dough for projects like this. Another favorite to make are my summer galettes or tarts. This one is my particular favorite combo of Cherry Cardamom Galette.
This dough is even more simple. Keeping up with easy things your kids or husband can make for you on Mother’s Day or you can make with your kids any other day or the year. Once you learn this dough you won’t be needing another one and making these pop tarts will replace any store bought pop tarts for you for sure.
For the jam I decided to use Bonne Maman Strawberry Preserves for my homemade strawberry pop tarts and I thought it was perfect because you could actually taste the strawberry and not just sugar or an artificial sweetener. Win win. Really you can use any flavor of preserves you’d like. For the glaze I decided to use a mix of half and half and fresh raspberry juice to give it a lightly creamy flavor. Then to finish these off with edible flowers (I used cherry blossoms while they were in season) and sprinkles are a must, right? I had some pale colored ones, but the world is your oyster, so go wild and make these your own.
I highly recommend that you try these homemade strawberry pop tarts at least once (but then once you do you’ll be hooked and you’ll never want to go back to the real thing, so you likely just make double batches and share with your friends too. They are perfectly tender and flaky and that buttery flavor.
As a matter of fact, why not try them this weekend? Yes, I think you better.
Enjoy and Happy Mothers Day!
HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY POP TARTS
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour , plus more for rolling
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter , cold and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
- 4-5 tbsp ice water
- 3/4 cup strawberry preserves , divided (or other preserve of choice)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1.5-2 tbsp half and half, plus more as needed
- 6-8 fresh raspberries juice strained and added for color, add a drop at a time
- In a food processor pulse together flour, salt and granulated sugar. Add cubed butter and pulse mixture until resembles coarse meal (it won't really come together in pieces much at this point, so don't over-process, just pulse until butter is no longer in large pieces). Add 4 Tbsp water and pulse several times, if it doesn't come together in clumps add remaining 1 Tbsp water. Drop mixture onto a clean surface, gather dough into a ball then divide into two portions. Shape each portion into about a 5-inch disk. Cover each with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour in the fridge.
- Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time (keep other in fridge to chill), roll dough out onto a floured surface to about 13 by 11-inch rectangle (when edges start to crack a little when rolling, seal them and continue rolling), then trim with a round cookie cutter, mine is 4" wide. Or you can cut them into rectangles too.
- Arrange all the circles, spaced evenly apart on prepared baking sheet. Spread small spoonful of jam evenly in the center of each circle, leaving about a 1/2-inch rim all around uncoated. Top each with another circle, then seal edges with your fingertips, then reseal with a fork. Cut an X or poke holes with a toothpick in the center of each pop tart. Cover and transfer to freezer to chill at least 2 hours or up to one week. Repeat process with remaining disk of dough.
- Position one oven rack near top third of the oven and a second oven rack near bottom third of the oven. Preheat oven to 375 F. Bake frozen tarts until golden, rotating racks once halfway through baking, about 25 - 30 minutes (some of the preserves may leak out, which is fine, just peel it off once it cools). Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together powdered sugar and the half and half about 1/2 tsp at a time to reach desired consistency, make it a bit thicker and add in the raspberry juice if you want them to be pink. Spread over tops of cooled pop tarts, leaving a small rim uncoated around all sides. Sprinkle tops with edible flowers and or sprinkles if desired and allow glaze to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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If you give my HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY POP TARTS a try? Let me know what you think and what did you serve it with? Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture, tag it with #lenaskitchenblog on Instagram or tag me on my Facebook page! I love seeing what you come up with! happy cooking.