This past weekend, I invited a group of families over for an all-you-can-eat buffet style brunch. Prior to the presence of children in our midst, my husband and I used to be very comfortable entertaining guests at our place regularly. Now, it is essentially sheer madness to coordinate the preparation of meals and child rearing at the same time. Maybe it is just me…before having kids, I was pretty darn coordinated and non-chalant about such things. But having children has destroyed (more like obliterated) the part of me that once gracefully played the hostess roll.
Long story short, the brunch was a great success. I almost lost it a couple of times in the hours prior to the event, but I managed to pull myself together right before folks showed up. Made Giada’s mini-frittatas, some red potato home fries, bagels with (a variation of Ina’s) vegetable cream cheese, a Maple/Blueberry sour-cream coffee cake and Ina’s star powered French Apple Tart.
Speaking of French! It was during this brunch that found out the best news of the year! My derrière (butt for the non-french speakers) is going to Paris, France in a few short weeks!!!! I literally felt like ripping off my clothes and running a couple of laps around my very claustrophobic apartment! But I managed to spare my guests the horror and simply jumped for joy like a giddy school girl (on crack).
(sigh) I’m going to be on a high between now and the time of my trip. Would love to hear from ya’ll about places to visit, things to eat, what to see, how I should dress (I was already told to leave my white running shoes in the U.S…..hum……I don’t own anything else? What to do).
In the whirlwind of excitement, I decided to make some homemade pop-tarts. Random, I know. I took the scraps I had left from the dough I used to make the French Apple Tart. While it certainly isn’t the most gorgeous looking pop-tart on the planet, it was a quick and delicious way to make use of scraps. I used cherry jam, but please feel free to use whatever suits your fancy.
Servings(depends on how big your pop tarts are!)
Pie dough (can buy prepared, but suggest you make your own! use this recipe!)
Cherry Jam (or whatever jam you like)
1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon of water, mixed well
1 tablespoons of granulated sugar
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat
Floor your board very well. Roll your pie dough out to to 12X8. Using a floured knife, cut the dough into mini-rectangles that are about 3X4 inches. You should have 8 mini-rectangles – enough to make a total of 4 pop tarts. Place about 2 tablespoons of jam in the middle of 4 of the mini-rectangles.
Then, place the jam-less rectangles on top of the jam-filled rectangles Press the edges of the tarts with a floured fork to seal the edges. Poke a couple of small holes on top of the tarts with your fork to allow steam to escape.
Lightly brush the tops of the tarts with the egg wash. Then sprinkle each tart with sugar.
Place in oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the tarts are brown along the edges and the jam has oozed out a bit! Cool for about 5 minutes and then eat with tea!