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Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts with Maple Glaze

October 19, 2011

Drake is a person who prefers savory to sweet, candy over baked goods, store-bought over homemade… You can only imagine what this does to me… a self-proclaimed baker, sugar addict, and perfectionist. I have to practically force-feed him to eat baked goods, if only in a selfish attempt to make him love sweets as much as I do… But alas, it is of no use. His taste buds will never change.

To my surprise, Drake made one single request for a baked good a few days ago. To no surprise, his request was for one of the most commercialized baked goods out there. Also known as, Pop-Tarts.

Yes, I was tempted to just purchase a box of Pop-Tarts from the store, remove the contents from the silver wrapping, and see if he would notice the difference, but where’s the fun in that? Besides, if I did that, then I wouldn’t be able to make a seasonal filling and decorate it with Halloween color-schemed sprinkles!

Safe to say, I think I won one battle here today. Homemade is definitely preferred to store-bought.

Fight on.

Help me choose which Pop-Tart flavor to make next!

Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts with Maple Glaze by Joy The Baker:

For the Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes

1 large egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 large egg (for brushing the dough)

For the Filling:

¾ cup pureed pumpkin

1 large egg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup granulated sugar

Maple Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons milk

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.  Add the cold butter and break it up in the flour mixture using your fingers, a pastry cutter or a food processor.  There may seem like there’s a ton of butter in your flour.  There is.   Work it in until only pea sized lumps remain in your mixture.  The mixture should also hold together when squeezed into a ball.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the milk.  Add the mixture all at once to the dry ingredients and stir to make sure that moisture is introduced to all of the flour mixture.  Lightly dust a clean counter with flour and knead the dough on the floured counter for a few turns until it really starts to come together.  Divide the dough in two, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.  I find that the dough is just a bit easier to work with when it’s chilled.
  3. While the dough is chilling, prepare the filling. In a small sauce pan, heat pumpkin puree and spices over medium heat.  Just heat through until the spices become fragrant.  This helps to bring loads of flavor into the filling.  Remove from heat and place spiced pumpkin in a medium sized bowl.  Whisk in egg, salt and sugar and place in the fridge to rest while you roll out the dough.
  4. On a well floured work surface, press dough into a 3×5-inch rectangle, roll the dough out to about 1/8-inch thickness.  The dough should be slightly larger than 9×12-inches.  Trim dough with a pizza cutter, creating a rectangle that is 9-inches tall and 12-inches long.  Using the pizza cutter, cut each side into thirds, creating 9 squares.  Place dough squares in the fridge while you roll out the second piece of dough in the same way.
  5. Brush one set of 9 squares with beaten egg.  This will act as the glue for the top layer of dough.  Spoon about one tablespoon of pie filling into the center of each brushed dough square.  Top with a piece of dough and use a floured fork to crimp the sides closed.  Use the tines of the fork to create vent holes in each tart.
  6. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.  Let tarts rest in the fridge for 30 minutes while the oven preheats.
  7. Remove tarts from the fridge and place in the oven to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
  8. While the tarts bake, whisk together ingredients for the glaze and set aside.
  9. Let baked tarts rest on a cooling rack to cool completely before glazing.  Best served within 2 days.
9 Comments leave one →
  1. Terryt1955 permalink
    October 19, 2011 11:38 am

    OK, I hate pop tarts. Might as well be chewing the cardboard box they come in. but these look worthy of a taste test. Would love to see a nutella insert!

  2. Rachel permalink
    October 19, 2011 12:29 pm

    Mmm I love pop tarts! especially the brown sugar ones, yumm. I’m sure nutella would do the trick for me though!

    • Kaela permalink
      October 20, 2011 9:27 am

      I was obsessed with the brown sugar ones! But, I agree, nutella would be amazing. I think I’ll try to make your pumpkin version this weekend. Thanks Claire!

      • October 20, 2011 9:58 am

        No problem– you’ll have to let me know how they turn out! Also, thanks for the Facebook shout-out! 🙂

  3. Tim permalink
    October 19, 2011 9:28 pm

    Poptarts are my store-bought badness temptation, and these look about twelve times better. This might have to be the first pumpkin thing I bake.

    • October 19, 2011 9:34 pm

      Well, then these will rock your socks off! If you want to take a shortcut, you can always buy pre-made pie crust… Saves a lot of time!

  4. J Lovejoy permalink
    June 28, 2012 9:20 pm

    i love me some poptarts and i love me some pumpkin…

    (i just found your blog and have been “pinning” the heck out of your stuff…and i always attach your blog address!)
    keep up the delicious work!


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