Lemon Blueberry Pop Tarts

In my household growing up, you would never find Fruit Loops, Pop-Tarts, Dunkaroos, or any popular junk food snacks. My mom was (and still is) a health nut. In retrospect, this was a great thing, but as a child I constantly yearned for those sweet treats that the other kids had in their lunches.  When I was finally old enough to buy my own snacks in high school and college, I went crazy with the convenient store hauls. It wasn't until I learned to bake that I realized all the chemicals those processed junk foods contain.

Now, I know you're probably going to jump in and say that just because pop tarts are homemade, doesn't mean they are healthy. I agree with that 100%, but I also think it's nice to make your favourite treats from scratch while also being aware of every ingredient that goes in them. You want less sugar? Only add as much as necessary! You want whole wheat flour? Substitute the refined stuff out! 

I also find it fun to experiment with different flavours. This was my first time making pop tarts, and I wanted the flavour to be light and spring-like, so I decided to go with one of my favourite combos: lemon and blueberry.

The recipe I adapted called for store bought lemon curd, but after searching in five different grocery stores I had no luck in finding any. It turns out that lemon curd isn't actually that hard to make, so I ended up making my own with the help of the ever reliable Martha Stewart. 

Whenever I'm making a recipe for the first time, I always get worried it won't turn out, as I did while making these pop tarts. This time, my nerves paid off (and were totally unnecessary) because everyone who tried them yesterday loved them! These make a perfect late night snack, dessert, or if you really wanna treat yourself, you can even have them for breakfast. 

Blueberry Lemon Pop Tarts
Makes 10 - Prep/Cook Time: 3 hours
Adapted from www.bromabakery.com

Ingredients:
pop tarts
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, cold
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2-3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 cup lemon curd (recipe here)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream, for brushing
blueberry icing
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried blueberries, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and rinsed
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • dried blueberries, for garnish
Instructions:
dough
1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut butter into small cubes, then work butter into flour mixture using a pastry blender or large forks, until it resembles a corse meal.

2. Pour in heavy cream and 2 tablespoons ice water, then mix everything together using your hands. Work quickly as to not melt the butter. If dough is too dry, add in another tablespoon of water. Form dough into 2 equal sized disks and wrap each with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for at least 1 hour, but up to 2 days.

*If you are making your lemon curd from scratch like I did, prepare it right after you put your dough in the fridge. That way it will have enough time to chill!

to assemble the pop tarts
1. Remove one of the doughs from the fridge. Place a large piece of saran wrap over a work surface, then sprinkle flour over it. Flour a rolling pin. Working quickly, roll the dough out into a 10"x13" rectangle.

2. Using a ruler and a long knife, cut your dough into a perfect 9"x12" rectangle. Then, cut your rectangle into 9 equal pieces, each 3"x4".

3. Lift a corner of the saran wrap up off of your surface to help gently release the 3"x4" rectangles from their place. Transfer to a large, parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving at least 1 inch between each rectangle. Once all 9 rectangles are moved onto the baking sheet, place the sheet in the freezer while you repeat the rolling & cutting process with the second half of the dough.

4. Once all of your dough is cut, preheat your oven to 350°F.

5. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Brush the edges of each of your 9 pop tart bases with a heavy cream wash (this will help the dough to stick together).

6. Spoon a rounded tablespoon of lemon curd into the center of each pop tart base. Spread it slightly, but not too close to the edges.

7. Place the remaining dough over the filling of the pop tart. Press down on the edges slightly to seal the dough together. Then, using a fork, create indentations around the entire pop tart.

8. Brush the remaining heavy cream wash over the pop tarts, then use your fork to create 4-5 airholes on the top. Bake for 30 minutes, then allow to cool completely.
make the icing

9. Once the pop tarts are baked, it's time to frost! Using the whisk attachment of a hand mixer, mix together the powdered sugar, crushed dried blueberries, frozen blueberries and heavy cream. Spread the icing over the pop tarts, then sprinkle with more dried blueberries!

If you try them, let me know how it goes! After making these pop tarts, I definitely want to try making them in different flavour combos. What flavour of pop tart would you like to see next? Comment below with your answers!

With love,

18 comments :

  1. My mouth just dropped open. Those look incredible! Definitely want to give it a try and make them.

    xo Logan
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    1. Definitely let me know how it goes! Enjoy :)

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  2. Never tried these before but they look delicious :)
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    1. They are super yummy - it's been dangerous having a whole batch in my household!

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  3. Oh wow these look so yummy!
    Gemma x
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    1. They really are delicious! You should give them a go sometime!

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  4. They look so yummy! And they're so gorgeous too? Hahah love the effect the blueberries have! Xx

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the blueberries too - I added the frozen blueberries to make sure the icing looked extra authentic!

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  5. These look absolutely delicious!! xx

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    1. They were so tasty and made an excellent breakfast this morning!

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  6. Oh wow, this looks so good! I love the lemon and blueberry flavor combination, so I'm definitely going to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're so welcome! If you love lemon and blueberry you'll definitely love these! The lemon custard filling is so refreshing!

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  7. Definitely gotta try making this sometime! They look amazing :)

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    1. I'll make you some! Only you can choose whatever flavours you want!

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  8. Loooks soooo yummmyyy!!!!!

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    1. They were so good! Safe to say they did not last long in my household!

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  9. These look really yummy!

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    1. They were! I'm thinking about making them in some different flavours next time!

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