Almost Homemade Breakfast Pastries

December 12, 2014

If you love breakfast pastries, you’ll love this easy recipe for almost homemade breakfast pastries using store bought pie crust and jam.

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When it comes to breakfast, unless it’s a plate of eggs, a bagel or diner food, I’m not really a big fan.  I very rarely sit down to a bowl of cereal. If I have it once a year that’s a lot.  Most sweet breakfast foods aren’t my cup of tea in the morning either (tea on the other hand…).  However, I have become slightly obsessed with making homemade breakfast pastries.  Well, they’re almost homemade.
 
The thing is, I have a long history with hand-held breakfast pastry.  I basically lived off brown sugar Pop-Tarts through high school.  I spent part of my lunch money on a pack of Pop-Tarts and a bottle of iced tea almost every morning and most likely grabbed another pack for the latter part of the afternoon.  There was no need for warming them or toasting them.  I liked to enjoy them right out of the package.  I still do!

Almost Homemade Breakfast Pastries

A few months ago, after canning numerous jars of homemade berry jam made from our berry bushes, I tried making homemade pop-tarts. The recipe I followed was homemade right down to the pie crust, which I failed miserably at making and ended up scrapping my entire batch.
 
So I cheated.  I tried making them again the other weekend with store bought pie crust.  Genius! As I took my almost homemade pop-tarts out of the oven, I knew I was going to enjoy them. Little did I know that plate would be gone by Monday.  Breakfast one day.  An evening snack the next.  My husband devoured more than half the plate by himself and brought the last few to work with him the next day.  The trouble is that even though these pastries have a total pop-tart vibe, they taste like flaky, delicious individually-sized pies.  Apparently I am a BIG fan of pie for breakfast.

Almost Homemade Breakfast Pastries

Ingredients

  • Store bought pie crust
  • Fruit jam (I used homemade blackberry jam)
  • 1 egg
  • Pizza cutter
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out a sheet of pie crust as thin as you can.
  3. Cut edges with a pizza cutter to make a rectangle, then cut your large rectangle into 3-4 smaller rectangles. Divide.
  4. Fill half of your rectangles with jam.
  5. With a fork, poke a few holes into the other half of the dough and gently set on top of your jam-filled rectangles.
  6. With a fork, press down the edges to seal pastries.
  7. Beat an egg and lightly brush on top of pastries.
  8. Repeat with other sheet of pie crust.
  9. Place pastries on prepared baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Allow pastries to cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
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With pie crust on sale for the holidays, these breakfast pastries hardly cost a thing to make. Especially if you’re like us and have a stockpile of homemade jam in the basement! You can easily get creative with fillings. Use Nutella, pumpkin and cream cheese, apples and cinnamon or make them savory for lunch by filling them with cheese and sauce! Enjoy!

What’s your favorite kind of Pop-Tart?

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