Gluten-Free Pop Tarts, I still can’t believe it (and nevermind the goldfish, it’s a bonafide illness of mine)!
I have attempted homemade gluten-free pop tarts many times over the years using various recipes that call for pie crust. While the end results were always tasty, they were not the Pop Tarts™ I remember from my youth. They were more like pop tart-shaped fruit pies…actually, they were exactly like the Hostess Fruit Pies that come in a bag, did you ever eat those as a kid? I would get them in my lunch box as an occasional ‘treat’ and the pudding pies were always my favorite…OYE!
Did you notice how often the word ‘real’ was used in this ad from 1986?
Anyhoo, it never even occurred to me that a bread mix would be the way to go for the Pop Tart crust, so when the folks over at Gluten-Free Challenge recently shared a recipe for Pamela’s Pop Tart Style Treats using Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix, I just had to try it. Pamela’s GF Bread Mix is not only gluten-free, but it is also free of: dairy, egg, nuts, corn, potato and soy (click here to read the complete allergen list of Pamela’s products).
After making a few necessary tweaks to accommodate Luke’s other dietary restrictions, I gave it a go. The look on Sam’s face when he came home from school was priceless (he vaguely remembers Pop Tarts™ but he occasionally sees the commercials on TV. Luke has never had one, so he was oblivious, LOL!).
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Pop Tarts
1 bag (3-1/2 cups) Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix (no yeast packet)
4 oz Butter (I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread).
4 oz Shortening (I used Palm Shortening).
¼ cup Ice Cold Water
Jam or Jelly for filling pastries
Instead of using an egg wash, I simply brushed the tops with Almond Milk (but any dairy-free milk will do).
You can omit this step entirely if you don’t plan on adding sugar or gluten-free sprinkles to the tops, the milk or egg-wash gives the toppings something to stick to.
Sugar to taste – large crystal sugar is fun (I used India Tree’s Nature’s Colors Decorating Sugar in Frost White, if you click on each individual product link, you will be taken to their spec sheet, with all the ingredient and allergen information).
For the recipe instructions, click here.
For filling ideas and recipes, visit Smitten Kitchen.
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