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Homemade Pop-Tarts

Homemade Pop-Tarts
When I was a kid, I loved Pop-Tarts. My mom rarely bought them for us because of how unhealthy they are, but when I saw those babies in the pantry, I was pretty excited! My favorite was always strawberry, which is why I decided to make that version of these myself. I wanted to make something kind of special for dessert a few weeks ago, and I remembered that I had seen other food bloggers making their own homemade Pop-Tarts. Your ingredients. Cube the butter and the shortening (just a quick tip – I had a reader ask if there was another ingredient to use other than shortening because they found it to be unsavory, but not to worry! Roll the dough out on a floured surface and cut into strips with a pizza cutter, about 3 inches wide and 5 or 6 inches long. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, until golden. When cooled completely, combine the powdered sugar with the milk with a whisk until smooth and the consistency of syrup. Serve and enjoy! Homemade Pop-Tarts Cook time: Total time:

Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites On Fridays, I teach cooking classes to two kids in our neighborhood. They are pretty knowledgeable-so my job is easy:) I think it is fantastic that they want to learn how to cook at such a young age-they are in the 3rd and 4th grade. On Friday we made homemade soft pretzels,the traditional salty ones and cinnamon and sugar pretzels. For fun, we also made pretzel bites. everyone loved these. Is everyone ready for the big game? Buffalo Hot Wings-these are Josh’s all time favorite. My good friend Gaby, from What’s Gaby Cooking, made Pulled Pork Sliders for the big game. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Yield: A lot!

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DIY: Homemade Pop Tarts If you ever get the chance to take a cooking class with Rebecca Rather, you gotta do it. And the same holds true for being in the same room as David Lebovitz. You won’t be sorry. I’ve taken two cooking classes with The Pastry Queen recently and walked away from the last class with my husband’s new go-to breakfast: homemade pop tarts. At the Rather Sweet Bakery, homemade pop tarts are all the rage. The Foodie Groom and I had a chance to chat with Rebecca Rather after class for a few minutes. I have been making half the batch peach and the other half fig. Is there anything better than a warm, flaky pastry crust? Nothing beats a fresh, homemade pop tart filled with your favorite fruits and preserves. Ingredients 2 cups + 2 Tbsp flour, plus more for dusting 1 tsp salt1 Tbsp sugar1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (cold)4 Tbsp ice water12-14 Tbsp good quality peach preserves/jam (or other favorite fruit)2 cups chopped peaches 1 egg + 1 Tbsp water Instructions Notes Yields: 8 Servings

Big Red Kitchen: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes The original and unique Cinnamon Roll Pancake recipe created by Robin Sue! My little Deven loves pancakes and wants me to make them all the time, but I don’t often enough. Late last night my friend had spotted this Cinnamon Bun Pancake Recipe from the blogisphere and posted it on her Facebook status suggesting for her daughter to make them. Wow, Cinnamon Bun Pancakes, that would be a winner in my house too. So I went to bed with pancakes dancing in my head. I created a typical cinnamon roll filling and placed it in a pastry bag to be swirled over the pancakes as they cooked. After pouring 1/4 cup pancake batter in a hot skillet, I swirled the cinnamon filling mixture over top. Cinnamon Roll PancakesFor the Cinnamon Filling… In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, mix until smooth: 1 stick softened butter, almost melty 1 cup packed brown sugar 2 T. cinnamon Mix until smooth and pour into a second pastry bag just like you did with the cinnamon mixture above. Another Thing of Interest!

Strawberry Ice Pops Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. Before the string of cold days, we had some wonderful hot days, and that’s when I started thinking about one of my favorite summer treats. Recently, I was ready to grab a Chunky Strawberry and I thought to check the ingredients. You’ll see that I put a little bit of condensed milk in this recipe. Also, I decided not to buy ice pop molds, and to me the paper cups and spoons works just fine. That’s my adorable niece, Sabrina, modeling my ice pops! Very Strawberry Ice Pops~12 to 13 small ice pops Instructions - 1. 2. 3. 4.

Baked Eggs in Bread Bowls This was our breakfast Sunday morning. Aren’t they cute? They were very, very good. It’s the whole egg and the toast combo all together in one nice package. These are so easy to make and wouldn’t they be splendid on a brunch buffet table? I think there are a lot of variations you could do nicely with this recipe, such as, swap out the Parmesan cheese with grated Gruyere or crumbled blue cheese to give a different taste. I used sourdough but I think this would also be nice with onion or brioche rolls as long as they are sturdy. Any way you put these together, they will be great. Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg. Arrange rolls on a baking sheet. Top each egg with some herbs and a bit of cream. Place tops on rolls and serve warm. Eat with a knife and fork. Print Recipe Ingredients Directions Slice off top of each dinner roll and gently remove some bread until there is a hole large enough to accommodate an egg.

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