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Sunday, 13 August 2017

Vegan strawberry poptart recipe

Vegan, gluten-free, wheat-free, 

This will probably shock some of you, but I've never had a pop tart!
I've always seen pop tarts on Instagram, social media and on the shelves in supermarkets and really like the look of them, but as they aren't vegan...was'nt able to try them.

That being said, I wanted to make my own version which I could enjoy at home and is vegan as well as being gluten-free for everyone to enjoy!
I came up with these scrumptious strawberry pop tarts with a strawberry jam glaze. They are perfect to enjoy for dessert or with a glass of almond milk.
These pop tarts are surprisingly easy to make and taste delicious! my sister says they are even better than authentic pop tarts which is amazing, as she loves them!
If you like pastry and fruits, this is a sweet treat for you, as well as being fun to make! I'll be making these poptarts again for sure!

Preparation- 1 hour+
Baking- 15-20 minutes
Makes- Approximately 10-12
Level- Medium

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Ingredients for the pastry
-790g of plain flour (I use gluten-free)
-310g of dairy-free butter
-420ml of water
-1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
-4 tablespoons of sugar (I use golden caster sugar)
-Pinch of salt
-Strawberry jam

Ingredients for the glaze
-100g of icing sugar
-1 tablespoons of strawberry jam
-1 teaspoon of strawberry flavouring
-Almond milk
-Pink food colouring (optional)

-Freeze dried strawberries (optional)
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Step 1- In a food processor/stand mixer add the flour, butter, water, vanilla extract, sugar and salt and mix until combined, don't overmix!
Step 2- Place the dough into cling film and pop into the fridge for an hour to chill & firm up.
Step 3- Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees c and line 2 baking trays with grease proof paper.

Step 4- Flour your work top and roll out the dough until around 1/4 inch thick and use a knife or pizza cutter to cut out pop tart squares.
Step 5- Place the individual squares onto the lined baking tray and brush some dairy-free milk over the cut pastry square edges.

Step 6- Place a tablespoon of jam in the centre of each square, leaving around 1/4 inch to seal the edges, then top off with another pastry square.
Step 7- Press the edges firmly together with a fork and prick the tops of the pop tarts for ventilation while baking.
Repeat for all of the pop tarts.
Step 8- Pop the pastries into the oven and bake for around 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.

Step 9- Once baked, place the pop tarts onto a cooling rack and allow to cool fully before frosting.

To make the frosting
Step 1- Place the icing sugar, jam and strawberry flavouring into a bowl and mix, adding in a drop of pink food colouring and almond milk.
Add as much almond milk as needed for a smooth and silky glaze. 
Drizzle over the pop tarts and decorate with a sprinkling of freeze dried strawberries. 
You could even use sprinkles (just make sure they are vegan).

Store in a sealed container and enjoy within a few days of making.

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