Before I tell you how amazing these Homemade Pop Tarts are and how you’ll never want to buy store-bought again, let me make one thing clear: These are not a copycat version of Pop Tarts. They are what a Pop Tart should be. They’re not at all difficult to make either, and with endless possibilities for filling options, you can have fun with them. I don’t particularly care for store-bought Pop Tarts at all (the “pastry” is too much like cardboard), and these are pretty much my new favorite treat. They also pack well. I wrapped the Cinnamon-Brown Sugar ones individually in waxed paper and sent them in Hubby’s suitcase to China. I also have some Nutella ones all packed and ready to ship to my sister who is away at college out of state. She shares my affinity for all things Nutella.
From start to finish, you can have fresh, warm Homemade Pop Tarts on the table in just over an hour (30 minutes of which is chilling time). The most difficult part is choosing what you want to fill them with! I made 4 versions: Cinnamon-Brown Sugar, Blueberry, Rhubarb Raspberry, and Nutella. All were very delicious, and I can’t say that I have a clear favorite.
You can make your own fruit filling by using homemade or store-bought jam and thickening it up a bit by simmering it with some cornstarch mixed with water (about a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a teaspoon or so of cold water to make a paste, then stir into 1/2 to 3/4 cup of jam). If you don’t want to use cornstarch, you can just simmer the jam until it has reduced and thickened a bit. For my fruit fillings, I used my Rhubarb Raspberry Jam, and Blueberry Syrup. I usually just simmer them for a little while and let them thicken on their own instead of using corn starch, although I have tried both ways and didn’t notice a flavor difference.