Well these Gluten Free Pop Tarts were a happy accident. I was meant to buy gluten free puff pastry but I accidently bought shortcrust. Whilst fuming I couldn’t make my puff pastry pizza slices, I got thinking how else I could use the shortcrust. Pop Tarts!!!!! And the sadness was gone in an instant haha…
Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry
Obviously its totally possible to make your own but this Genius Shortcrust is so good that there is (almost) no point. It takes away all the fuss of making your own, creates a fraction of the washing up and means you can have gluten free pop tarts on your plate in about half hour.
It comes frozen & you can get it from Sainsburys or Asda.
PS. this isn’t an ad, I’m just sharing my shortcuts haha 🙂
If you do want the challenge of making your own pastry, this recipe from FREEE (my fave flour) is really good.
Pop Tart Variations
Now I know how simple these are, there’s no stopping me!!! How about changing the filling – maybe using Nutella rather than jam? Or peanut butter?
Or how about topping the pop tarts with something else? Chocolate icing? Just add cocoa powder to your icing mix! Or add a flavouring to your regular icing – like strawberry? Or a sprinkle of cinnamon?
Easy Gluten Free Pop Tarts
- 1 pack of Gluten Free Shortcrust Pastry – I buy Genius (in the freezer)
- Jar of Jam
- 1 Beaten Egg
- Handful of Sprinkles – check they're gluten free!
- 100 grams Icing Sugar
- If you're using the same pastry as me, you'll need to defrost it for 1-2 hours, or until room temperature.
- Pre-heat your oven to 175oC.
- Take half of the pastry and need it soften it up (just play with it in your hands)! It'll eventually look like playdough.
- Repeat for the other half>My reason for doing half at a time: its just easier to work with!
- Scatter some flour/cornflour/icing sugar over the work surface. Place 1 of the pastry balls on the worksurface and roll out to around 2mm thick (like a 2p coin).
- Cut into strips & then cut off a rectangle like the picture.>I went for strips that were roughly 4 fingers wide but totally up to you depending on how big you want your pop tarts
- Place the rectangle ontop of the strip and cut another identically sized rectangle.
- Repeat for the rest of the dough! >When you gather up the scrap, mould it back into a SMOOTH ball before you roll it out again. This can take a couple of minutes of needing.
- Place 1 tsp of jam into the centre of 1 rectangle>Don't spread the jam out as it'll have more chance of escaping from your pop tart, just leave a dollop in the middle!
- Brush a little of the beaten egg around the outside of the jam. >If you haven't got a brush, you can carefully do it with the back of a spoon or even your finger.
- Take the matching rectangle and carefully place it ontop of the jam. Press around the sides of the pop tart to push the pastry together a little.>Just lay the top rectangle loosely over the jam, don't push it down as it will spread the jam out!! As you can see in my pic, that means the bottom rectangle will stick out a little more but that's fine.
- Use a fork to crimp the edges.
- Use a cocktail stick/your fork to make little air holes in the top.
- Brush over the top with egg.
- Repeat for the rest of the rectangles to make lots of mini pop tarts!
- Place the pop tarts onto a piece of baking paper, either on a baking tray or cooling rack. >Space them out a little (preferably about 3 inches from each other) just incase the jam leaks from the sides of any of them!
- Place into the oven for 15 mins.
- Remove and leave for at least 15 mins to cool.
- Place the icing sugar and water into a bowl and mix into a thick paste. >Just add a tiny drop of water at a time – its surprising how little water you need to get a thick paste – less than a tsp.
- Drizzle over the pop tarts and sprinkle with sprinkles 🙂
**Want some other fun recreations? Here’s 5 of my favourite Gluten Free Recreation recipes!!**