Have you heard the news, Middle fans? This is their ninth and final season. I grew to love the show after the first few episodes. The first two episodes stressed my husband and me out. The Heck family was not like us in many ways and yet they were like us in all ways. Does that make sense? So to see a little bit more of Patricia Heaton, who played Debra on Everybody Loves Raymond and Frankie Heck on The Middle, I pre-ordered a copy of her cookbook. As, with most recipes, I land on the ones where I have the ingredients on hand. With cold weather and a bit of snow, I settled on Patricia Heaton’s Strawberry Pop Tarts.
Like most of my recipes, I make edits to the original. And, I figured out which shortcuts don’t work. I made some pivots like I used my Pampered Chef sandwich cutter to create round Pop-Tarts, instead of Patricia’s suggested rectangle shaped pastries.
And, this is where my recipe goes sideways. Turns, out I didn’t have all the ingredients.
In hindsight, my dough was too thick (my son said it tasted a little too “floury.” The dry dough and flour taste were likely because of my last-minute heavy cream substitution (milk & melted butter). As with many of my recipes, I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, but I was already committed to a mixing bowl full of ingredients.
There is always a substitution on Google.
The strawberry preserves added flavor and the preserves stayed inside the crimped edges. Except, in full disclosure, I used raspberry preserves, because I didn’t have strawberry. My sister, if she is reading this, just clenched her jaw with my creative recipe edits.
Sidenote: The first question she asks me when we talk recipes, “Laura, did you follow the recipe?” My response is always, “more or less.”
The icing drizzle hardened quickly so make sure to have the sprinkles on hand. Of course, I drizzled and then dug through my sprinkles and realized I had every sprinkle combination, but the rainbow sprinkles. By the time I grabbed the pink and chocolate sprinkles the icing had dried. So my Pop-Tarts got a second layer of icing.
You know what is ironic about my version of Patricia Heaton’s Strawberry Pop-Tarts? My upside down and sideways edits came straight out of an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Middle.
I think Patricia would appreciate the recipe edits for these strawberry Pop-Tarts.
Patricia Heaton’s Strawberry Pop-Tarts Recipe
- 1 1/3 CUPS FLOUR, PLUS FLOUR FOR ROLLING THE DOUGH
- 1/4 CUP CORNSTARCH
- 1 1/2 CUPS POWDERED SUGAR
- PINCH OF SEA SALT
- 1/8 TSP. BAKING SODA
- 1/4 TSP. BAKING POWDER
- 4 TBSP.(1/2 STICK) COLD, UNSALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO 8 PIECES
- 1/4 CUP PLUS 2 TBSP HEAVY CREAM
- 1/4 CUP STRAWBERRY JAM ** PATRICIA MADE HER JAM, I USED A JAR
- 1/4-1/2 TSP. ALMOND EXTRACT
- RAINBOW SPRINKLES
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 375.
- LINE BAKING SHEET WITH PARCHMENT PAPER
- COMBINE FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, 1/2 CUP POWDERED SUGAR, THE SALT, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER IN FOOD PROCESSOR & PULSE TO BLEND.
- ADD THE BUTTER & PULSE 4-5 TIMES UNTIL IT FORMS A SANDY-LOOKING MIXTURE.
- POUR IN CREAM. PULSE THEN PROCESS UP TO A MINUTE UNTIL DOUGH FORMS A ROUGH BALL
- PLACE DOUGH ON LIGHTLY FLOURED SURFACE. ROLL DOUGH INTO 1/16" THICKNESS (THIN). ROLL DOUGH INTO APPROXIMATE 11" x 22" RECTANGLE.
- TRIM EDGES. CUT DOUGH INTO 12 EVEN RECTANGLES.
- PLACE PASTRY RECTANGLES ON BAKING SHEET. SPOON 2 TEASPOONS JAM ONTO EACH CENTER, LEAVING 1/2 INCH BORDER AROUND THE EDGES. COVER EACH WITH PLAIN PASTRY SHAPE. USE FORK TO CRIMP EDGES
- BAKE 15-17 MINUTES UNTIL CRISP AND GOLDEN. TRANSFER TO WIRE RACK. COOL.
- IN SMALL BOWL, COMBINE REMAINING 1 CUP POWDERED SUGAR WITH 4-6 TEASPOONS COLD WATER AND THE ALMOND EXTRACT. WHISK. DRIZZLE ON PASTRIES.
- FINISH WITH SPRINKLES.
Linking to: Marilyn’s Treats