Mini Tarts that Pop

I was totally in a rut this morning, I couldn’t decide on what to bake for the day and was starting to get stressed out by it.  Finally, I decided on mini-poptarts.  Who doesn’t love a poptart?

I was all excited to use my food processor to cut the butter into the flour mix, but since the dry mix was close to 4cups, my processor wanted nothing to do with it.  So, I emptied it all into a big bowl and got to use my pastry knife for the first time 🙂  I set that the dough in the fridge and got to work on the fillings.

I decided to do a variety and settled on blueberry, strawberry, brown sugar – cinnamon and chocolate marshmallow.  I processed the fruit in with some cornstarch and a tinsy bit of water and then set them to boil on the stove for a few minutes.  The fruit was already so ripe and sweet that it didn’t need any additional sugar.  I also set up a double boiler [for the first time!] for the chocolate marshmallow spread.  I added a bit of condensed milk to it for added sweetness and texture.  To ensure the cinnamon brown-sugar mix wasn’t overly sweet, I mixed some flour in with it to tone it down.  I enjoy a rich sweet as much as the next, but it just tastes bad for you and takes away from my enjoyment.

Once I finished up with those, I removed half the dough and rolled it out.  It was fairly easy to work with, but would stick and tear easily if not floured enough.  I cut them into 3x4in rectangles to begin with but by the end I did 2 1/2 x 3.  I actually prefer the smaller ones, easier to package and grab on the go.

I did about five or six per filling and set the trays in the fridge until I was all ready to bake them.  The super-mini’s were ready after 15min, where as the larger ones took 20min.  They turned out super well, although the brown-sugar cinnamon could have used more filling.


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