Since we are not eating out for the month of August, I spent a lot of time searching for new recipes to try. I knew I would get tired of the same old stuff every day.
Also, recently, Thing 2 has decided he doesn’t like eggs anymore. Now that could be because we were eating a lot of eggs. So I spent some time looking for healthy breakfast options that don’t include eggs. I was excited when I came across the recipe for these homemade toaster pastries. My kids have no idea what Pop Tarts are, but I do, and I was excited to share this healthier version with the boys.
The boys loved them once I convinced them that there was nothing scary in them. I even sent my husband a picture of the finished product and he was impressed. However, what I love is that these can be frozen and easily warmed up on those mornings when you need something quick.
Homemade Toaster Pastries
from 100 Days of Real Food
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup cold, unsalted butter (2 sticks)
1/2 cup water plus ice
1 egg beaten with a splash of water
7-8 Tablespoons of jam or jelly. (we used the strawberry freezer jam I made from all the strawberries we picked)
1. Pre heat the over to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Put flour and salt in food processor with the dough blade and pulse it together.
3. Fill a measuring cup with 1/2 cup of water and 2-3 ice cubes.
4. Using the cold butter straight from the fridge, cut it into 1/2 inch pieces. Then put the pieces of in the food processor and blend till it looks like crumbly meal.
5. While the food processor is running, add about 1/3 a cup of water. Then continue to add about a Tablespoon of water until the dough forms a ball.
6. Remove dough from food processor and place onto a lightly floured surface. Then use a rolling pin to spread the dough out, no more than 1/4 inch thick.
7. Using cookie cutters I cut out pairs of each shape, one of the top and one for the bottom. Then I would re -roll it out and cut out a few more. You could also just make rectangles, but what fun is that?
8. Lay the bottom of the shape onto the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Fill each shape with the desired amount of jam or jelly. Then place the top on the shape.
9. Once all the shapes are filled and the tops are put on, take a fork and press down the edges and use the fork to poke a few holes into the pastry.
10. Brush each shape with the egg wash (egg beaten with water).