These Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts are sweet, flaky, and oozing with fruity goodness! Admittedly, they’re not a health food, but they make a wonderful, from-the-heart, homemade treat for little ones or that special someone.
I still love Valentine’s Day.
It used to mean a day of waiting and wondering whether or not Prince Charming would magically come to his senses, realize the significance of this all-important day, and part with his hard-earned cash to show me his undying love and commitment. I waited a very long time.
My daddy was wonderful at making his wife and daughters feel loved, and almost every Valentine’s Day, he would surprise my mom, and my sister and me with flowers, and some token of his affection. I have to say, that during those tough, trying teenage years when I didn’t have a “valentine,” I still never felt unloved, thanks to the love and affection of my wonderful dad (and great girl friends!)
I now have my own honest-to-goodness valentine, and I love him tremendously! I also have two little girls that I love more than life itself. Valentine’s Day for me, now, is a wonderful day to show my sweethearts how much I love and appreciate having them in my life. I love showering the loves of my life with special things to show them how truly loved and special they are. I also think of my daddy, and remember how loved and special he made me feel, and I want my girls to know that same love. I firmly believe that if they experience real, true love in their lives, they will be much less likely to fall for the counterfeit kind that masquerades as the real thing, but always takes, rather than gives. Just a thought.
So, since we are discussing sweet, special treats that make your valentines feel loved and cherished, why not whip them up these very special, made-with-love Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts?
These homemade pop tarts are vastly different than the pre-packaged ones you purchase at the store. These pastries are warm, soft and flaky, sweet and fruit-filled, and drizzled with a not-too-sweet glaze that just may make you weak in the knees. (If you are a little short in the “valentine” department this year, it is totally acceptable to make these all for yourself!)
And, while these delicate pastries will earn you rave reviews, (and maybe even a few kisses!) they are super-simple to make.
You can definitely make this sweet treat even easier by using a pre-made crust, but I happen to love this fantastic crust recipe from A Spicy Perspective, so it is the crust that I used for this particular recipe. (I did not chill the crust before rolling and cutting the pastries – I may be a little impatient.)
Whether using a pre-made crust, or homemade, roll out the crust on a floured surface to about 1/4″ thick. Mine may have been a little thinner. It’s not too crucial.
I used this handy toaster pastry cutter, but you can certainly use whatever shape you want. You can even cut out shapes freehand, just make sure that you cut two of the same shape and size. It is important that the two shapes match.
Spoon your favorite fruit jam, preserves, or jelly onto one half of the pastry, taking care to keep the preserves in the middle, leaving at least an inch on all sides.
Place the other half of the pastry on top, and carefully press down on the sides to prevent jelly from leaking out. You can press the edges with a fork or your fingers – whatever works.
Place pastries on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and brush lightly with an egg and water mixture to ensure a nice golden crust.
Place in oven and bake for around 20 min, or until crust is nicely golden, and fruit mixture is bubbling. (Trust me, a little will make it’s way out of the pastries, and it will be happily bubbling away.)
Remove these little beauties from the oven and let cool for a few minutes. Prepare your glaze!
Whisk confectioner’s sugar, milk, salt, preserves, and one drop of food coloring (totally optional) to a smooth, semi-thin consistency.
Now, the fun part! Drizzle your gorgeous glaze all over your warm-from-the-oven strawberry pop tarts! There is no wrong way to do this (just make sure you put enough on there!!)
The result – lovely, homemade treats that will ensure your place as best valentine ever!
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