We’re on our Gilmore Girls kick here and what’s more Gilmore than poptarts? Literally nothing. One of the promo’s was literally a tray of poptarts and an apple. And we all know where that led….but let’s stay on target.
So if you like Gilmore Girls like we do, you know that poptarts are staple in the Gilmore Household.
And like with our fried rice, we knew that when the revival came out we wanted to make as many Gilmore Girl inspired recipes that we could. And what’s more Gilmore than poptarts?
Of course, buying poptarts is the easy solution but making them really isn’t as hard as it seems. Trust us. We use store bought pie dough and if you really want to take the easy way out you can buy pre-made filling at the store, and frost these with store bought icing. But we suggest at least trying them once like this.
Because once you have a homemade poptart, it’s REALLY hard to go back to the store bought kind.
Look at those beauties. And let us be real with you, these taste as good as they look. Buttery, flaky pie dough and a warm fruit filling? Topped with a homemade glaze? Seriously what could be better than that? Besides Gilmore Girls coming back for another season? The answer is homemade poptarts!
Fruit Handpies (Homemade Poptarts)
- 1 pound (16 oz) fresh strawberries, tops removed and cut and quarted
- ¼ cup turbinado sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons Meyer Lemon juice
- zest of one Meyer Lemon
- 1 pound (16 oz) fresh blueberries (frozen works too)
- ¼ cup turbinado sugar
- ¼ cup white granulated
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- zest of one lime
- 2 refrigerated store bought pie crusts (the rolled up kind)
- 1 egg
- splash of water
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- ½-1 cup powdered sugar
- splash of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (paste)
Firsts things first, heat your oven to 425 degrees F
For the Fillings:
- Step 1: In medium saucepan, combine the fruit, sugars, cornstarch, lemon juice, and zest. (Cook each one separately, not in the same pan)
- Step 2: Allow the fruit mixtures to cook over a medium low heat until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. About 20 minutes.
- Step 3: Once the mixture has thickened, remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely.
- TYL Tip: We prefer our mixture to be cold, so after the fillings come to room temperature we place them in the fridge until chilled through. But this is not necessary.
For the Pies:
- Step 1: Roll out the pie crust, and cut the pies into the desired size. We varied between 2×3 and 3×5 squares.
- Step 2: Place the squares on a parchment lined sheet tray.
- Step 3: Using a teaspoon, place a dollop of filling (vary) on one side of the of dough.
- Step 4: Close the pie pieces and use a fork to crimp the edges shut. Poke the tops to ventilate.
- Step 5: Brush the pie down with the egg wash (one egg and a splash of water).
- Step 6: Place the pies in the oven and cook for about 11 to 12 minutes. Remove and let cool.
For the Glaze:
- Step 1: In a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk, sour cream, and vanilla paste until glaze forms. Add ingredients as needed until desired consistency is reached.
- Step 2: Glaze the hand pies and top with sprinkles