Inspiration hit me in the form of food today.
Long story short, I woke up determined to make some cute/fun munchies just for the sake of the photos, hoping a might taste good. Following a model from an old friend of mine, I choose to start my munchie journey with the classic homemade pop-tarts.
Liz and Zan have both tried their hands at this, along with more dinner foods and desserts like Apple Pie, so I thought I would give it a try. Having seen it done before, I wasn't too shaken u about the idea of baking something like this.
Not only did I do it, but I have a "What Worked and What Didn't" list building up in my head. There were a few things that didn't go as planned, and a few shockers for me, but overall, this was a pretty good process. So, here's my list, my comments, a few snide remarks, and a (small) list of "Here's What I Could Change Next Time."
What Worked: Ingredients
The ingredients were all things I naturally had laying around, like apples, sugar, salt, and flour. I went to the store to buy brown sugar, only because we were out. Nothing on the ingredients list was out of the ordinary.
What Didn't Work: Ingredients
What the recipe calls for left me with quite a bit of excess food. I had almost the entire bowl of filling left when I ran out of dough.
What Worked: Prep
Once I got in the flow of prepping the different parts of the tarts (dough, filling, glaze) it was pretty easy to follow and didn't require a TON of consistent concentration. I am a newbie for sure when it comes to baking, so I needed some
leg room for this part if bad things happened. (for example, if I step away from something steaming on the stove is it gonna explode?)
What Didn't Work: Prep
Timing was all off. I was naive enough to not read through the entire recipe before I started prep, and it really caught me off guard. The dough alone takes 4 hours to cool, and the filling takes about an hour and a half to cool, in different increments. I wasn't aware of this, and not only did it change how I baked, it changed my plans for the whole day (rolls eyes).
What Worked: Baking
After I finished prepping everything I really did just slap it on a pan and threw it in the oven. Turning the oven to 350 was the easiest part of the process. Just stuck those bad boys into the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown then THEY WERE READYYYYYY!
What Didn't Work: Baking
This was the last of the extended moments of time where I just had to wait, and I was a little tired by this point.
They turned out great though! I put a sugar coat on the top to add to the flavor, not that it really needed it though. Everyone liked them! It's a great breakfast, snack or dessert treat! Top these babies with some ice cream, and your in business!
Recipe I used! https://www.bunsinmyoven.com/homemade-apple-pie-po...
Next time! If you want to follow this recipe like I did, hear are sone suggestions I have! #1! Be ready to plan an activity or two while your waiting for the dough to chill, timing is everything. #2. Its okay to use more flour when kneading the dough than the recipe calls for, it doesn't do anything but help you out. #3. You can totally make them bigger than what the recipe says. Its your cut, so make it how you want it! #4. Melt the glaze for the top, it will taste better hot