Merry Christmas (almost) everyone and welcome back to A Common Kitchen! I don’t know about you but I have been extremely busy the last few weeks. Christmas time is the time to bake but honestly, I haven’t had much time to do it! That’s why this week I am sharing a quick and easy recipe that you can fit into your busy holiday schedules. I am sharing my recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Pop Tarts! My mother always used to buy donuts or some kind of pastry for us to eat on Christmas morning so this year I thought I’d make my own to bring to my families house to keep up the tradition.
I decided to make these Spiced Apple Cider Pop Tarts with store bought puff pastry and Apple Cider Jam. Here’s the thing, I rarely buy/use store bought anything, but to make these pastries super easy for myself and you guys, I opted to try it. And the results were amazing! If you’ve ever tried making homemade puff pastry you know that it can be a nightmare trying to create all of those layers, keep the butter cold, etc. Not to mention it takes almost a whole day to make it…
That’s why I used the Trader Joe’s puff pastry sheets. You can find pre-made puff pastry at almost every grocery store today and it’s actually a great alternative to making it at home. It’s not as ‘puffy’ and ‘layer-y’ as the homemade stuff but for these pop tarts it works like a gem. It’s still buttery and delicious which is all that matters!
Now for the Apple Cider Jam. I got this at Trader Joe’s and had had my eyes on it since they put it on the shelf back in October. This is what it says on the bottle:
“We combined chunks of sweet apples, tart apple cider, and the perfect amount of fall spices to create this delicious Apple Cider Jam".
And it is delicious! It isn’t overly sweet so when you get a bite of the entire pop tart you taste the buttery pastry, the sweet glaze, and the slightly tart Apple Cider Jam. It all pairs so well together and I can’t wait for my family to try them! Jake may have eaten three of them the first day I made them… I may have also eaten two… but who is counting?
These Spiced Apple Cider Pop Tarts are the perfect quick and easy pastry to make for Christmas morning! I promise they will not last more than 10 minutes once you put them out. I hope you enjoyed this weeks recipe and thank you so much for visiting A Common Kitchen this week everyone. I hope you have a joyful and wonderful Christmas everyone.
Merry Christmas, Bell.
Spiced Apple Cider Pop Tarts
Makes 6-8 Pop Tarts
For the Pop Tarts
2 Sheets Store Bought Puff Pastry, thawed
½-1 Cup Apple Cider Jam *See Note
1 Egg + 1 Teaspoon Heavy Cream (milk or half & half works too), for egg wash
For the Spiced Glaze
1 ¼ Cup Powdered Sugar, sifted
2-3 Teaspoons Heavy Cream or Half and Half
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
¼ Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1⁄8 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom
1⁄8 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
¼ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Preheat oven to 425℉ and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
On a clean work surface dusted with flour, roll out a sheet of puff pastry to a rectangle that is 12x9 inches (use a ruler to get exact measurements). Once rolled out, use the ruler to cut 9 smaller rectangles that are 3x4 inches each. Repeat with the second piece of puff pastry.
Place half of the puff pastry rectangles onto a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving about 1 ½ inches in between them.
Place about 1 ½ tablespoons of the Apple Cider Jam into the center of the pastry and use an offset spatula to spread it out, leaving a ½” border around the edges. Top with a piece of puff pastry and use a fork to crimp the edges together. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and heavy cream and brush the tops of each pop tart with the egg wash. Place the baking sheet with the pop tarts into the freezer for five minutes.
Once the pop tarts have chilled for five minutes and the oven is preheated, bake the pop tarts for 14-16 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Once the pop tarts are fully cooled, make the glaze. In a medium sized bowl, sift in the flour, spices, and salt. Whisk to evenly combine. Add in 2 teaspoons of heavy cream and whisk until no lumps remain. Add another teaspoon or so of milk if the glaze is too thick.
Use a spoon to spread about 2 teaspoons on top of each pop tart. Leave the pop tarts like that or top with sprinkles, a dusting of cinnamon, or anything you’d like.
These are best served the day they are made but can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for two days or in the fridge for up to 3. Enjoy!
You can find Apple Cider Jam in a variety of grocery stores (Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods) as well as online. I will list a few links below on where to get it.