homemade pop-tarts and orange julius

Apparently my children are woefully deprived. I have single handedly ruined, I mean, RUINED, their lives. Years of therapy will, as I have been told, not help the harmful situation I have placed them in. Quick someone please call CPS and inform them my children have never had a store bought POP-TART because I have been a so-called negligent parent.

I want to yell at those little sous chefs and aquaint them with my own childhood traumatic foodie event...


That's before I start sucking my thumb and placing the silky soft end of my blankie under my nose to erase the pain of not having a Orange Julius. It really was a low point of my childhood that and not having caramel popcorn at the place next door to Orange Julius in the mall but we won't get into that.


You took away my blankie and I never got an Orange Julius. Was I really that bad?

(bet you guys never thought i'd call you out on this blog for that, did you?)

I mean what kid hasn't had a pop-tart or an Orange Julius? This was something that needed to be rectified quickly in everyone's opinion.

On Tuesday night's menu: You guessed it, orange julius and homemade pop-tarts... because I can't be evil all of the time.

homemade pop-tarts: bon appetit april 2010
makes about 10 pop-tarts

for a tutorial on how to roll, cut and fill the dough, click here.

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour plus additional for shaping and rolling
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
4 tablespoons ice water
12 tablespoons of preserves, we used strawberry and apricot
powdered sugar

Whisk 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour, coarse salt, and sugar in large bowl. Add butter. Using fingertips or back of fork, blend in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water by tablespoonfuls, tossing until moist clumps form. Gather dough into ball. Divide in half; shape each half into disk. Wrap in plastic. Chill for 1 hour.

Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough on floured surface to about 13x11 inches. Trim to 12x10-inch rectangle, then cut into eight 5x3-inch rectangles.

Arrange 4 rectangles, spaced apart, on each sheet. Spoon 1 1/2 tablespoons preserves in row down center of each rectangle. Top preserves with second dough rectangle. Using fingertips, gently press all edges of each tart to seal; press all edges with tines of fork to double-seal. Using toothpick, poke a few holes in center of top dough rectangle. Cover; freeze tarts on sheets at least 2 hours or for up to 1 week.

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 375°F. Bake frozen tarts uncovered until golden, reversing sheets after 15 minutes, 25 to 30 minutes total (some preserves may leak out). Immediately transfer tarts to rack. Sift powdered sugar lightly over. Serve warm or at room temperature.

orange julius:

6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8-9 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients except ice cubes in blender.

Blend for about 1-2 minutes, adding ice cubes one at a time.

Tasting Notes: Besides the sugar high and my upset tummy from all the junk, hmm... can that be why my parents wouldn't let me eat all of this stuff?

To be honest, Katie made these and I helped roll and cut the dough. It was an awful lot of effort for 10 pop-tarts. But the dough was flaky and the filling was good so I would have to assume that it was much better than the preservative filled foil wrapped things.


SaintTigerlily said...

As someone who was similarly deprived as a child (I still have a near phobic hatred of carob) let me assure you first that I feel your pain.

Furthermore, there is no way you will ever be able to have a regular pop tart now and that is undoubtedly a very good thing.

Finally, I would like to add vodka to that orange julius. I won't. Not for another 5 months or so. But then? SO MUCH VODKA.

Melissa said...

Orange Julius = very young, very good memories of my me, my sister and my dad. :) But we never got a single sugar cereal. Man, when I went to college it was all Golden Grahams, all the time.

And you know I have to make these.

Cali ʚϊɞ said...

such a neat idea! i need to make these!

me again said...

I have very fond memories of Orange Julius and I have never been able to recreate that unique orange creaminess myself. I trust your recipes, so I'm looking forward to making these!

Oh, my childhood deprivation? I was not allowed to watch Batman (too violent, all that kapow!! and wham!!) and not allowed to have Lego. I know...Lego! Apparently, Lego was for boys only........

Amy said...

Hey - can't even remember where I found your blog but I love it and have blog rolled it.

I had the same argument with my 8 year old son yesterday at the store. I'm a horrible mom for not buying the Pop Tarts. Or the Lunchable. Poor kids. I think I'll give these a whirl.

stacey said...

we couldn't have those or fruit roll-ups, pudding cups, fruit snacks, and a bunch of other cool stuff the other kids had in their lunches either... :`(

Jennifer said...

Pop tarts? Um no. We had wheat germ sprinkled on fat free cottage cheese. We had skim milk. We had egg white omelets. We had shredded wheat.

But when I would spend the night with friends? Heaven! Pop tarts, milk that you couldn't see through, BACON, cereal that had sugar in it!

As for Orange Julius, never had it.

I'll be trying the pop tart recipe as soon as Jon gets home from this trip.

Liam said...

My parents were just happy to get me to eat anything at all. I went through about a 3-4 year period of my life where the ONLY thing I would ever eat was bologna sandwiches. Seriously. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. That's it.

But look at me now! I turned out okay, right? Mostly...

Although I will never ever eat another bologna sandwich as long as I may live.

GiGi said...

Sounds great! I am copying this into my recipes folder! Yum. I may even let my kids have some.

Irene said...

With us it was, no white bread and peanut butter. My parents would never go out to eat, because as my dad said "he had food at home". I love your recipes, and I'll be adding Rum to that Orange Julius.

Eat the Love said...

Hmmm. Am I the only child that was totally grossed out by Orange Julius growing up AND didn't like pop tarts as they were always too sweet and dry?

Granted I was a peculiar child that once responded to my pediatrician when he asked me what my favorite food was with the jaw dropping "broccoli".

Anyway, I saw that same recipe in Bon Appetit and immediately dismissed it, because why would I want to recreate something I didn't like as a child?

Now I'm reconsidering it looking at your pictures. Especially since strawberries are coming into season and I can make my own fresh strawberry jam. The jar stuff is usually too sweet for me. (now I sound like a freak who doesn't like sweet stuff which is totally not true).

Thanks for the post. I've been enjoying your blog...

Mrs. L said...

My mom used to take me to Orange Julius all the time. And she let me eat pop tarts. Hmmmm....

Barb said...

Hmm, poptarts is one of my favorite obsessions. I'd love to make my own so I can make them sugar free with smucker's jellies! Thanks for the recipe!