- 9 1/2 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 2 cups
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 tablespoon shortening
- 3/4 cup milk
- Egg wash: 1 egg mixed with 1 to 2 teaspoon water
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon gelatin (unflavored)
- 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- Candy sprinkles
- 2 cups diced apples
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar, depending on sweetness of apples, to taste
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple juice, very hot (can be boiling)
Make the Dough
- In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the shortening and cut it into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter. Add the milk all at once and mix in with a spatula until it begins to come together. Lightly flour your hands and the countertop and turn the dough out onto the countertop. Knead the dough to form a ball. Divide in half and wrap each ball in plastic and chill for 1 hour.
Make the Apple Pie Filling
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the apples and lemon juice. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch mixing very well. Add the very hot apple juice to the pan and stir constantly until thickened. Remove from heat and cool for at least 1 hour or until room temperature.
Assemble and Bake
- Preheat the oven to 350F, rack in the middle. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove one ball from the fridge leaving the other to chill. On a very lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12×10” rectangle. Cut into 8 5×3” rectangles.
- Place 4 rectangles about 1” apart on a baking sheet. Spoon 1-2 tablespoon of apple pie filling over 4 of the rectangles spreading until it’s about 3/4” from the edges.
- Lightly brush the edges of the dough that does not the filling on it with the egg wash. Top each with a dough rectangle. Gently press the edges to seal then using the tines of a fork to double seal. Repeat with the other dough ball to make 2 full trays.
- Lightly brush with the egg wash mixture over the edges again. Using a toothpick, poke 4-6 holes in the top of the dough to allow for air to escape. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
- Once the pop tarts are cooled, make the glaze. Dissolve gelatin in hot water and mix until granules are dissolved. Mix gelatin mixture with confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread the icing on top.
- Store in a covered container
*If you want vegetarian version you need to buy vegetarian unflavored gelatin.
Time does not include dough chilling