My quarantine stress baking got me up at 4 am making an obscene amount of strawberry jam. I have jam for months, possibly years. So I kicked off my jam baking with these strawberry pink peppercorn toaster pastries with spelt flour. These are a throwback to the frosted strawberry Pop Tarts that I loved as a kid, but with a kick of my grown up taste. These hand pies were featured on The FeedFeed.
These strawberry toaster pastries use some of my fragrant and sticky fresh jam supply, flaky, buttery buttermilk spelt crust, and a traditional powdered sugar glaze with sprinkles.
These homemade pop tarts are sweet, crispy, buttery, and have some whole grain and spice to make these grow up pop tarts that your kids will love!
Strawberry Pop Tarts
I will admit that the bulk of my freshman 15 came from scarfing down 2 cold strawberry pop tarts every morning on my way to class. And I love Pop Tarts all toasty and warm too. So I sometimes ate another hot one when I got back to the dorm. What can I say? I’m a gal who loves carbs in the form of frosted toaster pastries.
While I was grabbing snacks for the girls a couple of weeks ago I got them pop tarts for the first time. I know, I was holding out on them. So when we ran out Bea asked me to make some today. As much as I love the classics, I love doing homemade versions of classics like Pop Tarts with a twist.
You only need 12 tablespoons of strawberry jam for this recipe. I had some leftover dough and jam. So I made the girls their own special mini pop tarts and pop tart stars.
AP Flour Substitutes Like Spelt Flour
The pandemic has made all-purpose flour hard to come by. So I’ve been rationing mine out more by including other flours into my bakes or just eliminating it all together. For these pink peppercorn strawberry toaster pastries you can use a blend of half AP flour and half spelt flour or do all spelt since it’s easier to buy right now. It also is a healthier alternative flour with whole grains.
Spelt flour is similar to wheat flour in taste and texture. Though spelt flour is an ancient grain that is nuttier and naturally a tad sweeter. And it much easier to get your hands on than other baking flours. I find that using spelt flour in bakes yields a more delicate and softer crumb as well.
Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Jam
Pink peppercorns have a subtle sweetness and a peppery, citrusy flavor to them. It’s a beautiful spice to paid with sweet berries like strawberries.
This jam is everything! If you haven’t used pink peppercorn in your baking then this strawberry pink peppercorn jam is the perfect opportunity to try it out. Alternatively, feel free to leave it out if you want a traditional strawberry jam filling.
Pink peppercorns are sold in whole form. They are softer and crumbly when pushed on, so you will finely crush them up to use in this recipe rather than using a spice grinder.
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Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Toaster Pastries
Buttery, flaky, buttermilk spelt flour crust encases sweet and citrusy pink peppercorn strawberry jam for a grown up pop tart.
- 2 1/8 cups spelt flour or use 1 C. AP Flour and 1 1/8 C Spelt
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup butter cold and diced
- 6 tab buttermilk cold and shaken
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon water
Strawberry Peppercorn Jam
- 2 cups strawberries hulled and sliced
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon pink peppercorns finely crushed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
- 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
- 2-3 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon sprinkles
In a food processor, add the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse 4 times to combine.
Dice up cold butter and add. Then pulse until it resembles sand.
Then drizzle in buttermilk and blend to combine
Form two dough squares. Then wrap with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 30-45 minutes.
In a saucepan set over medium high heat, combine all ingredients except vanilla extract.
Bring to a boil. Then reduce to medium heat.
Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Smash down occasionally to mash berries.
Remove from heat and cool.
Take dough out of the fridge. Roll each dough square into a 9 x 12 rectangle. Roll a bit over so you can trim.
Then use a pastry cutter or pizza cutter to cut each dough rectangle into 8 even rectangles.
Then make egg wash by gently whisking egg with water. Use a pastry brush to brush a rectangle.
Add 1 tablespoon of jam.
Cover with another rectangle. Use a fork to press around the edges to seal. Prick the top. Brush with egg wash. Set on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of pastries.
Chill in fridge while oven heats to 400 degrees F.
Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely.
In a bowl, whisk together the sifted powdered sugar with vanilla and buttermilk until smooth. Then spread over cooled pastries. Sprinkle with sprinkles.
If you have scraps of spelt pie dough left, make tiny tarts!
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