Homemade Cherry Pop Tarts that are even better than store bought!
If I had to pick my top 5 nostalgic foods (not candy) from childhood, the list would be as follows:
- Swiss Cake Rolls
- Oatmeal Cream Pies
- Toaster Streudels
- Hamburger Helper
- Pop Tarts
Dang that’s a lot of preservatives.
Out of these five, there’s only one that I really ever crave nowadays, and that would be the Pop Tarts. Okay maybe sometimes I want a Swiss Cake Roll and Hamburger Helper. I never said I was perfect.
But Pop Tarts are the only one that I actually have eaten in the past 15 years.
Between backpacking and training for marathons, Pop Tarts have made their way into my current diet a few times. They were great for backpacking because they’re high in calories and are a nice little treat. They would also sometimes be my pre-long run fuel because they were easy to digest, full of calories and sugar, and delicious!
My favorite flavors are Frosted Strawberry, Frosted Cherry (mmm that pink frosting!), and Brown Sugar Cinnamon. Oh man, I could totally go for one of those silver packages right now, completed with a glass of milk. p.s. did anyone else eat their Pop Tarts toasted with butter? So bad, but so good.
Luckily for the sake of staying away from foods that stay preserved for years and years and years without rotting, I can now make my own and have that craving completely satisfied!
I have to say, when I had the thought of making homemade pop tarts, I didn’t think they could turn out as good as the packaged kind. There’s just something special that all of those preservatives add that really can’t be outdone.
I was totally, completely wrong. These homemade cherry pop tarts are WAY better than the packaged ones! When I mentioned to Marc that I thought they were “just as good” as real Pop Tarts, he said “no way…they are BETTER!”
The dough is a combination of butter and shortening, which helps give it buttery flavor but the shortening also gives it a soft yet crumbly texture, just like Pop Tarts. The filling is made with Bonne Maman Cherry Preserves which have super simple ingredients and are incredibly tasty! Even the store clerk checking me out at the grocery store noted “these are the best jams!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
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