Thursday, March 10, 2011

Fig Pop-Tarts

My obsession with figs continues. For the longest time I have wanted to make homemade pop-tarts. It is all the rage on the food blogs now with a variety of flavors, versions and adaptations. Thought I would throw my version out into the blog-sphere. And of course, they have a fig filling. I used the fig filling that I made the Sour Cream Fig Sprials but you could use any jam flavor you like.

My hubby is obsessed with pop-tarts. He absolutely loves them, especially if they are the frosted variety. If I am heading for a Target run and ask him if he needs anything – sure enough pop-tarts are on the request list. If I run to Trader Joe’s, they are on the list – he especially loves their version. I mentioned that I was making homemade pop-tarts and his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree. He absolutely loved them and asked when I can make them again – great compliment.

The official pop-tart was introduced in 1964 without frosting, but later the frosting was added since it could withstand the heat from the toaster. The frosted version was introduced in 1967 and originally came in four flavors: strawberry, brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple currant. Today the flavors seem endless.

Earlier in the week, I had the baking bug and made these delightful pop-tarts after work. Several hours later, it was time for the 10:00 news and I was just finishing frosting the last batch. I enjoyed one while watching the news – how bad was it that I ate this so late at night – oh well, a treat every once in a while is okay.

The next day, I brought one for each of my team members at one of my offices to enjoy during our morning meeting. Some loved the filling, some loved the crust and others could not get enough of the frosting. It was priceless to see the expressions on each person’s face when they saw they were homemade pop-tarts. Glad I could put a smile on everyone’s face and start the day with a treat.

Fig Pop-Tarts
(Makes 12)

Pate Sucree (From Martha Stewart)

2 ½ C. Flour
3 T. Sugar
1 C. Butter (2 sticks), chilled and cut into pieces
2 Egg yolks
¼ C. Ice water

Use a food processor, combine the flour and sugar. Add the butter pieces and process until the mixture is crumbly. Lightly beat the eggs and add to the mixture and pulse until combined. Then stream the ice water into the processor and continue to process until the dough holds together. Remove and divide the dough into two balls and flatten. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

Use a large cutting board and generously flour. Lay one of the disks on the floured board. Place plastic wrap on top and begin to roll out to a thin sheet of dough. You will want to rotate the dough after a few rolls with the rolling pin.

Each pop-tart rectangle will be 3 ½ inches by 4 ½ inches approximately.

Each pop-tart will take two pastry squares. Lay one square on the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. Place about 2 teaspoons of the fig spread in the middle. Carefully lay the top sheet of pastry on top. To seal, use a fork to press all around the pastry and dock the top of the pop-tart by poking 4 to 5 times with the fork.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove and let cool on a wire rack. Frost the top of each one and let harden before storing. Keep in an airtight container.

Fig and Orange Spread

1 Pound Dried Figs (about 2 ½ Cups)
½ t. Salt
½ t. Pepper
Zest of one orange
1 C. Orange Juice
1 T. Honey
½ C. Water

Put the figs, salt, pepper, orange zest, orange juice, honey and water in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Cover the pan and bring to a boil and reduce the heat to low and simmer until the liquid is thick. About 30 minutes. Make sure the liquid doesn’t evaporate.

Remove from the heat and drain the liquid into a bowl. If needed, add water to the fig juice to total ¾ cup. Blend the figs and liquid in a food processor until smooth. Store in an airtight container.


1 ½ C. Powdered Sugar
1 t. Vanilla
1T + ½ t. Water

Add to a medium bowl and mix well until any lumps are removed.


  1. Homemade pop-tarts, I never cross my mind of doing it homemade. This is something I should consider making it. I bookmark the recipe.

  2. These look great, I love that you used fig for the filling. I love fig!!! I'd love to make some homemade pop tarts too :)

  3. Filling sounds very delicious.. figs and orange should taste really great together

  4. looks good. I think my hubby would enjoy that...i for one have never tried a fig.

  5. These sound great. i never would have thought of fig for some reason. I've been meaning to try making my own pop tarts for some time, but never got around to it yet.
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  6. I love pop tarts and I love figs. Perfect combination that I'll have to try making

  7. Any tips for freezing or storage and reheating?

  8. @ Lindsey
    Unfortunately I am not much of a make and freeze kinda girl. I would definetely store in an airtight container. I have found that these are best eaten fairly quickly (within a few days) of making. One person at my office put it in the microwave but you could put into a toaster or under the broiler. Hope that helps! Have a great weekend!

  9. TJs has pop-tarts? Why haven't I ever seen them? I used to keep a box of Pop Tarts in my office desk in my 20s. They were sort of a guilty pleasure. No guilt at all if I make your version, though!

    And I don't mind your fig obsession--it's all inspiration for me.

    Have a great weekend, Lisa. :-)

  10. Excellent! I love the fig filling a lot.

  11. Oh fun these oldest son is crazy about pop tarts and would love these :)

  12. I love pop tarts but it's been so long since I've had them. Your fig pop tarts look AMAZING. I'm so glad you love figs because I just adore them. It was interesting learning about when pop tarts were first created and the first flavors with frosting. :)

  13. Homemade pop tarts are just the best! I can see why these put smiles on everyone's faces. The fig filling sounds great!

  14. Lisa, I think it's so adorable that your hubs is such a pop-tart fan!? He must have been SO thrilled when you made this for him - what a treat!

  15. homemade pop tarts, how cool..I love the filling and you pics are stunning..thanks for sharing, have a great weekend!!

  16. Wonderful recipe, Lisa. I have never made pop tarts before and I am definitely making them now. The fig filling sounds really delicious. I'll try to make them with peanut butter since Dennis loves anything with peanut butter and chocolate and see how it goes. Thank you, Lisa!

  17. I found this post through Weekly Bite.

    These look amazing! I love fig preserves so much and I've been wanting to make pop tarts for a while. Bookmarked.


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