At ten(ish) o’ clock last night, my block shook. It would appear as though something extraordinary happened. Did Iran finally decide to just “hug it out” with Israel? Did Newt Gingrich finally realize he could never speak of the sanctity of marriage and take a pro-gay marriage stance? DID SOMEONE INVENT PEANUT M&Ms THAT MYSTERIOUSLY DISAPPEAR AFTER YOU EAT THEM THUS ENDING IN A ZERO CALORIE PEANUT M&M? Nothing *quite* so exciting, but it did seem that the Giants won the superbowl. Grown men were pouring onto my block, screaming like children near Mickey Mouse, and setting off their leftover fireworks from New Years.
The only time I got that excited was when I found a pair of Jimmy Choo’s (i realize it shouldn’t be apostrophized, but it just looks better to me.) in my size, at the Barney’s Warehouse Sale, for $90. If I had a roman candle, I might have lit it. Football however? Not so much. It was painfully cute to see how excited the captain got. He was jumping, and dancing, and screaming “GIANTS WON, THE GIANTS WON!!!” Followed promptly by “can I have another cookie to celebrate?” Oh that boy. Master manipulator.
He knew the cookie tarts I had just made came out of the oven just minutes earlier. Cookies that he “helped” me roll, cut out, fill, and sprinkle with sugar. By “help” I mean that I gave him his own piece of dough and he beat the hell out of it with a roller, used a mega block to cut out shapes, and declared it a bunny rabbit.
I made hearts. Maybe I’ll make bunny rabbits for Easter. Or eggs. I realize bunnies and eggs have little to do with the resurrection of Christ, but eating a chocolate filled cross seems more than a little wrong. Eggs win.
The cookies I made last night were similar to pop tarts without the food coloring, preservatives, trans fat, and creepy, large headed children in animated commercials. They are essentially a homemade pop tart. I made a paté sucree, which is similar to a pie crust, only sweeter, and with egg yolks. The options for fillings are endless. I used chocolate shavings and coconut, but you could use jam, macerated fresh fruit, nut butter, raisins, etc. Even plain old butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon would make these homemade pop tarts sing.
Homemade Pop Tarts
Heart Tarts (Homemade Pop Tarts)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
- 3 cups plus 2 tbsp pastry or ap flour
- 2 sticks plus 2 tbsp butter-ice cold and cut into cubes
- 2 egg yolks-ice cold
- 1 tsp vanilla extract-chilled
- 1/2 cup sugar
- ice cold water added one tbsp at a time
- pinch of sea salt
- -your preferred fillings
- one egg plus one tbsp water for egg wash
- sugar for sprinkling
Preheat oven 350F
in a food processor,
add chopped butter, flour, salt, sugar, and egg yolks
pulse until combined,
add vanilla and pulse
add water until it becomes like a pie dough in its texture.
dump onto a floured surface and form into disk
chill if the dough is feeling warm
roll to 1/4″ thick and cut out into even number of hearts (or whatever shape, circles, squares, dinosaurs)
place half of the shapes on a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet
place a tsp or so of filling onto each tart bottom leaving room around the edges.
rub egg wash on the exposed edges
top tarts with the rest of the cut out tarts and seal the edges.
If you use a jam as filling, add a slit to the top to let steam escape.
brush top of tarts with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar
bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.