Updated: Oct 27, 2020
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I decided to do a themed dessert today since it's the day that season two of Umbrella Academy drops on Netflix. I've seen this show multiple times and I can't wait to see what's gonna happen this season which is set in the 60s. This is one of the reasons I decided to make a homemade Pop Tart. Pop Tarts were introduced in 1964 un-frosted and three years later in 1967 frosted pop tarts were introduced. I thought this fit so well and I've been wanting to try to make a homemade Pop Tart so why not? I've made this treat "Number Wine" because of the wine flavored jam I decided to use and because I thought it would be puny.
Let's get started!!
First cream together the sugar and softened butter. Next, add the egg yolk (save the egg white), vanilla, and salt. Then carefully add in the flour. You may want to add a little at a time until it's incorporated into the mixture. While the mixer is still going add the heavy cream. You should have a dough going by this point. Take it and form a ball. Wrap the dough ball with plastic wrap and chill it in the fridge for at least an hour. This lets the dough rest a little which is needed for it to work properly.
Preheat the oven to 350℉ and prepare a baking sheet. After the dough has chilled, unwrap it and roll it out. Most Pop Tarts are about the size of an index card so using that as a size guide can help. Place one half of the cut dough on a prepared baking sheet. The dough is a little delicate but if you tear a small piece of parchment paper and place it under what will be the top piece it'll be much easier. As for the bottom, use either your finger or a pastry brush to brush water around the edge of the pastry. Add a small amount of jam (I chose wine jam) making sure not to go over the edges. Be careful not to over fill it. Now carefully take that top half and flip it onto the bottom pastry and remove the parchment. It took me a few tries before I figured out this trick.
Next use a fork to seal the edges and piece a few places to let the steam out. Take the leftover egg white, add a pinch of sugar and mix. Brush this mixture onto the pastry. Bake it for 15 minutes or until the pastry is a golden brown. While that's baking we can make the glaze. Combine milk, powdered sugar and if you're following my Umbrella Academy inspiration, black gel food coloring. If the glaze is too thick add more milk, if it's too runny add more powdered sugar. Once the pastry is cooked let it cool.
Pour the glaze over the cooled pastry and let it dry. I used royal icing to decorate my Pop Tart. Royal icing is great for decorating and simple to make. I use meringue powder to make mine instead of making the meringue from scratch. You can find the meringue powder I used here: https://amzn.to/3mdEgPK
This is combined with powdered sugar and water. If it's too thick add a drop more of water and if it's too loose, add more powdered sugar. I'd have a plate out to test the icing because it shouldn't spread. Draw your design on the dried glaze and you're done!!