Scrolling through my Instagram feed always seems to make me hungry. When I recently saw a post about a handmade pop tart on Urbana Cafe's feed that looked ridiculously delicious, I had to tag my friend, Celeste. Perhaps because I knew her response would be, "let's make them!" Yes, indeed, let's do that...
Together we decided to make a few different kinds: Boozy Peach and Bourbon, Nutella and Strawberry, Lemon Curd and Blueberry and Boozy Peach and Strawberry. As Celeste is a natural in the kitchen, she just perused some recipes for some ideas but really liked this one. When I asked her for some helpful tips in making the dough, she shared, "I think it's important to make the dough and chill it in the fridge before rolling it because it makes it easier to manipulate. You also need to make sure the fillings are thick enough and each tart is sealed tight so the goodness doesn't seep out."
Celeste made a frosting that I still think about to this day. She added bourbon, peaches and mint to her simple frosting glaze and man oh man, was it delicious. With the extra dough, she made some mini tarts which I loved- but to note, these were a bit doughy. Next time, we decided we needed to roll the dough out very thin so that the ratio of filling to dough was on point.
Celeste's son, Darren was as patient as could be as Celeste and I spent the entire morning baking and taking pictures. So he was more than happy to play a part as our pretty tarts came to be. I told him to just hold the plate for a minute then he could eat all the pop tarts. Good deal, right?
I have to say, the fun part was dressing the top of each one and overwhelmingly, we all loved the Strawberry, Mint and Nutella tarts the best. To make some for the July 4th weekend, try concocting strawberry and blueberry tarts with a white chocolate frosting. Yum! Enjoy the long weekend y'all.
A big THANK YOU to Celeste for all her hard work and passion in crafting these perfect handmade pop tarts and to my friend, Bob Conquest who let Celeste and I abuse the amount of time we spent in his kitchen. He's a good man.