It’s not often that my wife invests more than a cursory glance at food blogs, and even rarer that she essentially presents a recipe to me with puppy eyes and makes noises about how that would be soooo delicious. Well, that’s what happened with this gorgeous recipe from The Novice Chef. Now, I do like me some Nutella. And it just so happened that our 2.5 year wedding anniversary was around the corner and I had planned a date day out, movie and all. Except, you know, this recipe involves baking, and that is where I broke into a cold sweat.
But I love my wife. And there was Nutella involved. So I braved all elements and did my very best. It wasn’t the prettiest thing ever, but it was delicious. I made only the slightest modifications to the original recipe, one being that I apparently didn’t roll the dough enough or that I simply got a different amount of dough, so I ended up with 5 instead of 6 poptarts. One broke in half when I took it out of the oven so clearly it was meant to be and divided perfectly.
-1 egg yolk
-1 teaspoon water
-1 frozen pack of two pie shells
- 5 heaping teaspoons Nutella
- 5 heaping teaspoons strawberry jelly
- 2 large strawberries, sliced lengthwise and carved into hearts
- Swerve granulated sugar substitute
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll out pie crust thinly and cut out 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles. In my case, that’ll yield 10 rectangles, 5 of which I cut a heart out of (I used the strawberry hearts I sliced to make sure to get the right size & shape for the heart cut-outs.
2. On the 5 whole rectangles, first spread Nutella, leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edges, then add the jam, again making sure to leave a 1/4 inch border. It will get messy otherwise.
3. Layer on the rectangles with the carved out hearts and seal the edges with a fork or your fingernails. Place a strawberry heart into the heart space you cut out of the top dough layer.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water, then brush on the mixture on top of the poptarts. Sprinkle with sugar substitute.
5. Bake for 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool for 5 minutes and then serve! They may crumble, but it’s so, so good!
What’s your favorite poptart filling? Have you ever made romantic breakfast?