Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I've been baking.

So, we've had snow-days, half-days, delays and holidays. Resulting in an extra break from school and me drawn to the kitchen. Baking.
Okay, if you have tried making pop tarts, you know how delicious they are. Best eaten right from the oven. Or warmed later. With a big glass of milk. (I haven't had a glass of milk in years... coffee for me.)
Then I tried the sour cream orange cake (5th recipe down) from the Moosewood cookbook. Not too sweet and perfect with coffee. I almost omitted the glaze because I didn't have an orange liqueur and didn't want to buy a big bottle. However, they have those little bottles by the check out in my liquor store. Containing a perfect 3 TBLS just like the recipe suggested. I think that made the cake.
By the third batch of pop tarts, I feel like we discovered our favorite way to make them. I rolled them super thin. Seriously. Almost paper like. 3" x 4". Then, we put a B I G spoonful of the filling (Triple the recipe for the filling. You won't be sorry.) along one side and fold the piece in half. And then, after they cooled, drizzled brown sugar icing on top. Now THAT was the perfect little pop tart. Small, cinnamony and delicious.
{For the icing we melted 2 TBLS of butter and added 4 TBLS of milk and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. Mix well. Add 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla. Mix until smooth.}

68 comments:

Tanya said...

oh WOW. homemade pop tarts - WOW. I am a big fan of brown sugar pop tarts - a thing of mine that connects me to childhood like a switch. I'll have to try these for certain :)

Tanya
ps... we're loving those chalkboard placemats!

knit1kids4 said...

I made homemade pop tarts before. They were so yummy. Funny, a friend just posted that she made them today too! Love the idea of the thin ones

Tricia U. said...

Oh man, yum! Thanks for sharing! Never considered making pop tarts at home, but will now after seeing them. And the airplane bottles are a life saver when you need just a little bit of something for a recipe. Love that!

Jennifer B said...

You mention "cinnamon icing", but then the icing ingredients you show don't include cinnamon. It the cinnamon just in the filling or did you include it in the icing too?

a friend to knit with said...

hi jennifer!
sorry... brown sugar icing! :)

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

yummo!

Suzanne said...

I'll live vicariously through you and your treats.

kim said...

Oh, c'mon! Like I haven't gained enough weight this Winter. Both of those look amazing!

Cláudia said...

What a nice blog you have. Good job. Love it...
A Portuguese girl said...

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Yummy! Thanks for the pop tar link...this weekend we'll be making some.

Jane said...

You are not helping my sweet intake. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Both are stupid good, but the pop tarts leave me speechless.
husband

Heather said...

Homemade pop tarts...add that to the list of things I never really considered it being possible to make. Neato! When we settle I'm hoping to do some more baking - might have to add this to my list of things to try.

Kar said...

Sounds like you had some pretty awesome snow days.

From All Stitched Up said...

Both bake goods look great ! Being addicted to pop tarts I'll be trying them first.

Sarah Jackson said...

Yum!! I really want to make those

bluegirl said...

Oh you are making me wish I could eat Gluten, Leslie! I love those "poptarts". Yum...

Amanda said...

Ohhh homemade pop tarts...I love finding recipes to make normally store-bought items at home. I'll definitely be giving these a go this weekend, thanks!

Mary said...

Oh wow, my sweet tooth is suddenly attacking me. Yum!

Amy J said...

Oh my, the yumminess :) Hopefully this weekend...we currently have the flu going through the house. This will give us all something to look forward to!

Julie said...

oooh, they all look SO good!! I seriously have to try those pop tarts.

Maryse said...

Homemade poptarts! Brilliant!

La Mañosa said...

Thanks for the pop tart tips! I've been wanting to try this since I saw it come up on the Smitten Kitchen but now I'm really motivated!

MadMad said...

I'm too afraid to buy those nips at the liquor store. I think the people will think I'm a booze bag. Course I'm not exactly sure why I think the 1/2 oz. bottle is going to give me away and not the two whole cases of wine... but there you go.

And don't even get me started on those pop tarts. That looks like way too much work. But DEFINITELY invite me over next time you make them!

Kristyn Knits said...

amazing. really amazing. you continue to inspire us with new ideas and encourage us to try new things. having said that, I know I would eat every last one...so I'll keep the link until I know I can handle the sweetness.

is that a comment from mr. friend up there? how sweet.

Maureen said...

You've been busy baking pop tarts...and I've been busy making "toast"...3 pairs since last week! I love them...thanks so much for the "recipe"! :)

~RaenWa~ said...

I haven't had pop tarts in ages I am going to have to make these thanks for sharing the recipe.

Poshyarns said...

Oh my, I have only ever eaten a commercial pop tart once and never felt the need to try it again but these....

nicole said...

I too didn't know about homemade poptarts. They were my husband's favourite treat when we met (I introduced him to slightly fancier fare). I should make these for him!

jo ellen said...

I don't like "store bought" pop tarts, but these look yummy. Perhaps we'll try those when the boys come for a visit...looks like a MomMom and grandson baking day.

Delusional Knitter said...

Home made pop tarts, yummy!!!

ColorSlut said...

You are officially messing up my diet. WOW that all looks so good!

Faithful Crafter said...

Thank you for sharing the yummy pop tart recipe. These are going to be great to make with my grandkids. I am always looking for fun cooking experiences to have with them. This one is sure to be a winner!

mle said...

Okay, I was skeptical about the homemade poptarts when I first saw them on Smitten's blog. They just looked like too much work but they must be super good if you've made them three times!

wayside wanderer said...

Those pop tarts look dangerously yummy. I bet your family loves all your tasty treats.

Irina said...

Mmmm... so appetite delicious cake! I would like to eat it ;-)

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sarah jean, said...

homemade pop tarts. fantastic!
thank you, this will be a great treat to make with my girls!

elizabeth said...

Yum! I've never even heard of homemade pop tarts, but it's the cake that has me salivating!

mary jane said...

wow, scrumptious, wish you lived next door.

Peggy said...

Oh my goodness! I MUST try these NOW! Thanks for the recipe!

Pam said...

I cannot wait to make these for my family. My sons have never had poptarts before as they have allergies. I had searched out this recipe on the internet earlier this week after seeing your picture. I printed it out and along came everyones comments (89 pages!) So I can't wait to hear what other people think and have made with these ... maybe they'll be some more yummy ideas!

Thank you for sharing!

3 M's and 1 N said...

NUM.

And no fair they are in your kitchen instead of mine right now. I am tempted to lick my screen...

I'm going to have to try this recipe!

Bee said...

Looks delicious. Especially the pop tarts. I've never thought of making them at home before.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Yum, especially that last photo. I so want a bite.

TLCknits said...

Oh man.. I'm starving too... I still havent made the homemade marshmallows yet from last years post!!!! This will put me over the top! YUM! love the lil knit too!

Kathleen said...

The pop tarts look delicious! The cinnamon ones were always my favorite.

I'm sorry you have been having back problems. My husband has found this book, Back Rx by Vijay Vad, very helpful.

Take care.

Philigry said...

Those look amazing.
I found the recipe this summer and have been wanting to make them ever since. I get such a craving for the brown sugar ones!

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

LOVE!! Thanks for posting this. Mine turned out great... perfect little bites of sweet and pastry. They will become a staple in our pantry.

iknitipurl said...

you made my mouth water, the pop tarts look delicious with the brown sugar glaze. thanks for the idea.

Nantucket Dreams said...

Homemade pop tarts! They sound like a must try! Yummmm!

Meggie said...

What a great way to spend a cold winter day with the kids at home.

April said...

I really need to try my hand at pop tarts and that cake recipe. Thanks for the links!

Sarah said...

we made these one night as a family desert...they were so fabulous and actually surprisingly perfect for carb counting with my little man whom has type 1 diabetes. Thanks for sharing I look forward to making them again and again!

molly said...

Darn it, I've tried hard to forget about those pop tarts. Then you had to go and remind me (twice!). Now all we need's a snow day...

S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen said...

The pop tarts look amazing! Yum!

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Tomorrow is our third snow day this week and I was just thinking about kitchen time tomorrow....I think we will try pop-tarts! Thank you for the nudge! ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

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