Homemade Pop Tarts with a Maple Bourbon Glaze

by Pamela

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Some food items come into our lives and make a lasting impression and stay with you for life.  Others you may only vaguely recall making you feel a certain way.  Still others come unexpectedly crashing into your life and make you fall hard for them.  Knowing that they are a forbidden fruit, you secretly pine away for them and only occasionally succumb to their siren song all the while feeling satisfied and dirty at the same time.  That’s how I feel about Pop Tarts.

Whew, that feels good getting that off my chest.  Okay…so technically (and legally) these are not Pop Tarts, they’re toaster pastries.  But they’re also not full of the strange/unpronounceable ingredients listed on that brightly colored cardboard box that whispers your name as you try to calmly stroll past it down the cereal aisle.  I’m not going to wax poetic about the virtues of homemade pop tarts toaster pastries beyond what I just wrote.  But by making your own, you can make any kind of filling that you like and then top it with say…some kind of booze soaked glaze (bourbon glaze anyone?).

Homemade Pop TartsOne of the really nice things about making homemade Pop Tarts is that you can use almost any one of the hundreds of easy pastry recipes that are out there.  The only real requirement is that the pastry be able to stand up to being held in your hand (so that usually means the pastry recipe should include an egg).  You can find easy pastry recipes online or in almost any basic cookbook.  And did you notice I used the word “easy?”  That means it’s not a long and complicated process to make these Pop Tarts either.  It’s a bit more involved than going to the store and buying them, but not by much – and trust me when I say that they taste so much better and are worth the extra effort.

Since I’ve been digging into my fall recipes and using lots of produce and seasonings that signal the arrival of Fall, I thought that I would continue that trend for these.  I also noticed one ingredient that has been MIA from my previous fall recipes…bacon.  This oversight must be reconciled immediately.  So the filling in these little toaster pastries consists of fig, bacon, orange juice, honey, walnuts and sugar – YUM!

Because I was trying to make these Pop Tarts way more special than the store bought variety, I struggled with what topping to use: maple or chocolate maple.  Since I couldn’t very well ask Craig for comment (his standard answer to all of my questions is  – “whatever you think”) I put the question out in the Twitterverse.  It was a landslide vote for maple.  While making up the maple glaze I ran out of maple syrup and I had to think quickly what else I could use to make up the difference.  Since bourbon goes so well with maple, the topping became a maple bourbon glaze.  This, of course, was a great relief to my friends who were a bit upset that my adult version of toaster pastries was not going to have any alcohol in it.

These only lasted longer than a day in our house because I made Craig take some to work.  They didn’t last long there.

Relationship Advice

Much like the Pop Tarts, people come into our lives that leave an indelible mark on our psyche.  Some leave good marks and make us stronger and better people for having known them and some leave something more like a gash instead of a mark on us (and not in a good way as most gashes are not good things).  Aside from the obvious negative impact these people have on us in the short run,  the long term impact of these people affects those that we meet further down the line.

I fully understand that what I am about to say is easier said (or written) than done, but remember that these marks are just surface imperfections that are proof of a life well lead.  There will, no doubt, be more gashes (hopefully not too many).  But how do we know when we have found good people to have in our lives unless we have experienced some of the not so good people?

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29 comments

RavieNomNoms November 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Wow, those look fantastic!

fooddreamer November 19, 2010 at 3:39 am

I have to confess that I’ve never really liked pop tarts, but I do know that I would MUCH prefer the homemade kind. Yours are very tempting indeed!

Joy November 18, 2010 at 2:32 pm

That is so cool. I love the thought of this.

pegasuslegend November 18, 2010 at 1:57 pm

interesting filling, I’ll bet its better than any other fig newton in the world and then with bourbon wow what a bonus!

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit October 12, 2010 at 9:17 pm

I could easily eat pop tarts if they were like these! I have some blackberry jam that would be great for this recipe. Thanks!

Patty October 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Holy Canoli…..are you serious! Fig and Bacon pop tarts!!! Out of control! How incredibly creative, and delicious! I could very easily eat these for morning (noon or breakfast) or pop them in my husband’s bag as a snack. Very nicely done. Nice!!!!

naomi October 12, 2010 at 10:53 am

Okay, seriously I don’t think there will be much left for my family when I make this. This sounds and looks awesome!

Boubon maple syrup-Yes, and yes I’ll be making a double batch of it to smear it on everything after the pop tarts are gone.

Love this, can you tell?

Marla October 12, 2010 at 8:59 am

I truly think this is one of the most amazing recipes I have ever read. The fact that you added bacon to the fig/orange filling is genius. I knew I liked you, but now I love you ;)

Carolyn October 12, 2010 at 6:06 am

Whoa, these sound like way-growed-up pop tarts. Yum!

GreenGirl October 11, 2010 at 4:56 pm

If you have any leftovers, I’d love to have them for breakfast tomorrow, they look so delicious.

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 11:49 pm

LOL…There are no leftovers of these little goodies. ;)

Joy October 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

OMG that looks so good.

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Thanks Joy!

Janice October 11, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The zen of pop tarts, eh?

Belinda @zomppa October 11, 2010 at 11:59 am

These are sophisticated pop tarts! You’re right on…people come into our lives for a reason.

Nancy October 11, 2010 at 11:14 am

Shhhhh.. don’t tell my kids about this.. otherwise I may NEVER be allowed out of the kitchen again!! I am definitely going to have to make these for them – maybe leave the bourbon out though!! LOL!!

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Hmmmm…that’ll cost you. Let me think what I would like in trade to keep this secret under wraps. Maybe some crostini?

Kristina @ spabettie October 11, 2010 at 9:41 am

that’s what’s missing in Pop Tarts – the bourbon !! :D

I want one of these NOW. YUM !!

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

I agree. Booze for breakfast…the only thing that might be better is if there was some chocolate with that booze. ;)

lisaiscooking October 11, 2010 at 8:48 am

Bourbon glaze on a pop-tart is genius! This a completely grown-up pop-tart. They look delicious!

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 10:47 am

Thanks Lisa! I’d love to see your version of this treat.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle October 11, 2010 at 8:16 am

I would love one of these for breakfast please. Do you deliver?

Pamela October 11, 2010 at 10:48 am

I can be coerced to do a special delivery. Trade for that yummy plum goodness you just made?

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