You never know where and when inspiration will strike. Often it's when you least expect it. I was eating lunch with some folks at work when the conversation somehow turned to pop tarts. They were never my thing as a kid, and given my penchant for healthier cooking these days, I didn't give them a second thought.
That is, until I thought about my tomato jam. I know, I know, I've already posted about it several times, but this jam uses some of summer's finest produce and a totally intriguing way. Challenging myself to use it different ways has been part of the fun.
While I don't have a go-to healthier pie crust recipe yet, I used a cue from Winnie and used greek yogurt for some of the butter in her dough. This seemed like a great idea and definitely helped create a healthier treat suitable for breakfast or a snack!
Enjoying food so good it makes you smile; that's good living at its finest.
Sweet & Savory Pop Tarts
crust adapted from Healthy Green Kitchen
You can certainly use whatever jam you have to fill these, and if you want to make them sweet, swap out the rosemary for 1T sugar.
2c white whole wheat flour
1/2c finely grated gruyere
1/2t sea salt
1t chopped fresh rosemary (mine was heaping)
1 stick butter, cubed
1c greek yogurt (such as Fage Total 2%)
2-4T almond milk
Add flour to a large bowl along with gryere, salt and rosemary, then stir to combine. Add butter and yogurt, and cut in using a pastry blender or a couple knives. The dough should resemble some large pebbles at this point. Stir in milk, 1T at a time, until the dough just comes together. Divide dough in half, flatten into a loose rectangle, wrap in saran wrap and then refrigerate for several hours or overnight (I only waited an hour and it was fine).
Take your dough out of the fridge and let it soften a bit for ~15min. Place one half on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a rectangle at least 9"x12" in size (I used a ruler). Repeat with the second half of dough. Cut each 9"x12" rectangle into nine smaller 3"x4" rectangles. Set the trimmings aside.
Beat the egg in a small bowl to use as an egg wash. Brush over the surface of the first dough (9 rectangles), this will be the inside of the pop tart and help hold the top on. Add a heaping tablespoon to the center of each rectangle (Deb advises leaving at least 1/2" perimeter of bare dough around the filling). Place a small rectangle from the second dough (not egg washed) on top of the filling. Press around the filling with your fingertips to seal the dough on all sides, and then press with the tines of a fork. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork (for the steam to escape). Repeat with remaining rectangles.
Carefully add the tarts to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Top with grated cheese or egg wash and coarse sea salt.
Here's where I goofed. I accidentally skipped the 30min refrigeration and found they baked better at 400deg for 18-20min, until lightly golden brown. However, original instructions called for refrigerating them for 30min while you preheat the oven to 350deg. Then they're baked for 20-25min. I'd say you could do either option.
Let the pop tarts cool on the cookie sheet on a cooling rack.
These are best not too long after coming out of the oven (just don't burn your tongue!), although they will be ok for a day or two at RT. Pop the tarts (haha) in the toaster to reheat them a bit before enjoying!
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