Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homemade Poptarts

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but M works crazy shifts. They are 12 hours long, and every two months he switches from days to nights and then back again two months later. Couple that with his weird need to be at work an hour early and a 30 minute commute, and you have long 14 hour days.

I don’t know how he does it. But he’s told me many times that he would never want to switch “jobs” with me because he doesn’t know how I do it, so I guess it works out for us.

Right now he is on the night shift which means we do a lot of breakfast for dinner. C and I definitely don’t mind having pancakes for dinner, but M isn’t too enthusiastic about a pot roast for breakfast (I don’t know why, I think it sounds… okay yeah, that doesn’t really sound good at all).

M is a big fan of pop tarts so when I saw a recipe for homemade pop tarts from Bake Me More, I decided to go for it.

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The only thing is that M doesn’t really like the fruity pop tarts, he’s more into the cinnamon ones. But I decided that it should be fairly easy to adjust the recipe if I used a cinnamon and sugar mixture instead of jam.

Since I didn’t have a ready-made pie crust in the fridge, I just made my own. I accidentally added double flour so I just doubled the whole recipe. Extra pop tarts definitely won’t go to waste in our house. Then I rolled the dough flat and cut little rectangles to make my pop tart shapes.

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Then I mixed up a cinnamon and sugar mixture that I borrowed from another recipe…

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… and scooped a few spoonfuls onto half my rectangles. The rest of the rectangles were used as a top layer…

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… and then I pinched the edges together to hold everything in.

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Tossed them into the oven at 425 for about 8 minutes…


… and they came out looking like this.

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I think OMG is the appropriate term for this situation.

Apparently the butter holding the cinnamon-sugar mixture together just completely melted in the oven. Oops.

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I am SO glad that I thought to cover the cookie sheet with foil before cooking.

Needless to say, these were not edible. No, seriously. I actually tried one, just in case. The dough was all… doughy… and not in a good way.

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And just in case you are thinking they don’t look too bad… here’s what they were supposed to look like...

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My first attempt at a pie crust?    Fail. 

My first attempt at homemade pop tarts?    Definite fail!

Ah well, it’s not all sunshine and roses. I had a good laugh at my cooking misadventure because, well, what else can you do? I’ll probably try again some day, and hopefully that batch will turn out better.

Anyone else have an embarrassing baking mishap? OH, and by any chance do you have a recipe for cinnamon-sugar pop tarts?

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  1. If you get a recipe please share! We love pop tarts too!

  2. :) Love this! Epic fail...and you posted it on your blog?? Hating Martha worthy for sure! Thanks for linking up! You made me smile!

  3. Well, I've said from the beginning that this blog is going to be about my "misadventures..." I definitely think this qualifies! ;)

  4. Yum, on the first photo. Maybe we should stick to Kellogg's! Now following...


  5. I couldn't see your title at BNOTP until I scrolled down, but when I saw the picture I thought "those look like pop-tarts!" They look delicious!

    Dropping by from BNOTP. Happy holidays.


  6. Wow, I'm impressed! Those look yummy!

    Before staying home with my daughter, I worked 12 hour nights shifts and I totally get the breakfast for dinner thing!! :)

    I'm your newest follower! I would love for you to come by my blog and follow me back if you get a chance :). Found you through Debbiedoos newbie party.

    Merry Christmas!

  7. LOL! I think we've all had those moments! I know I have!! Love that you kept it real :-)


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