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Homemade Lemon Blueberry Pop tarts

A childhood classic treat taken to a whole new level with a classic flavor combination of lemon and blueberries.
Servings 12 pop tarts
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 13 mins

Equipment

  • 1 Food processor or a pastry blender is fine too
  • 1 Pizza Cutter for making dough cutting easier

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cups butter, cubed and chilled (2 sticks)
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water
  • 1/4 cup blueberry vodka
  • 1 tsp salt

Filling

  • 12 oz fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp blueberry vodka
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 regular sized lemons
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tbsp melted butter

Instructions

Dough Instructions

  • Add the flour, sugar and salt to a large food processor, or mixing bowl if you are using a pastry blender.
  • Pulse about 5-10 times to mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Then cube the chilled butter into small pieces and add on top of the flour mixture.
  • Pulse the flour and butter together about 30-40 times. There should be a few larger chunks of butter in there and thats okay.
  • Mix the ice cold water and ice cold vodka together in a measuring cup that will make it easy to pour out of.
  • While Pulsing the dough mixture, slowly pour the water-vodka mixture into the food processor via the opening if it has one. If using a pastry blender, pour a little bit at a time and work the liquid into the dough.
  • As the dough comes together and begins to clump more, remove it from the food processor onto a piece of plastic wrap. Work the dough just a little bit to make sure its all together and not crumbling.
  • Separate into two plastic wraps, form a flat disc for each dough piece and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Filling Instructions

  • In a medium sauce pot, add blueberries, 1/2 of the water, vodka and sugar to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • In a separate measuring cup or small cup, add the other half of the water and the cornstarch and mix together until the cornstarch is dissolved. 
  • add the cornstarch-water to the boiling blueberry mixture and stir.
  • reduce to a simmer
  • add in the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla extract and stir.
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes then remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool completely for about 2 hours.

Glaze Instructions

  • Melt the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds. (make sure to cover it so you don't get a mess!)
  • Add the butter to a small mixing bowl, then add the powdered sugar on top of that.
  • Next add the lemon zest and lemon juice and mix together with a fork until smooth.

Putting it all together

  • Pull the dough out of the fridge about 15-30 minutes before rolling it out.
  • Lightly flour a surface and roll the dough out into a 9x12 inch rectangular piece. Make sure the dough is quite thin, should be 1/3 to 1/4cm thick. If the dough is too thick then it may not bake all the way thru.
  • Cut the uneven edges off and make a rectangle of the dough with a pizza cutter.
  • Cut the 9 inch side in half and then the 12 inch side into 4 sections, measuring 3 inches each. (this step is not absolutely necessary, you can have fun with the shape but this is how I've done mine)
  • Take the filling and scoop about 1 tablespoon into the middle of half of the rectangles, making sure to leave plenty of room around the edges so it doesn't seep out.
  • Then add the other half of the rectangles on top of the filling rectangles and press the edges together. 
  • With a fork, push in the edges so they seal together. Then with a pizza cutter, clean the edges up so you still can see the fork marks but the edges will be clean and straight.
  • set poptarts on a baking tray lined with parchment baking paper
  • Take a toothpick and poke a few small holes on the top.
  • Bake @ 350°F for 12-13 minutes.
  • While the pop tarts are cooling, make the lemon glaze.
  • Add lemon glaze on top of pop tarts and add sprinkles if you so desire and enjoy the heck out of these pop tarts!! ? 

Notes

Feel free to have fun with the size and shape of the pop tarts!  I personally made mine 4.5 by 3 inches.  You can make them smaller to have more or even do circles, hearts, etc!  Just have fun :) 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pop tarts, lemon blueberry pop tarts, pop tarts