Sunday, November 7, 2010

VeganMoFo IV: Gingerbread Pop-Tarts


Sweet mother of pearl!  What did I get myself into?  I am so cracked out on sugar right now, I'm surprised I'm not claiming to be The Great Cornholio.  You know when you get an idea in your head that you just can't let go of?  Well, these became an obsession yesterday.

The back story is that I really wanted to use some lemons for filling or frosting.  Naturally, I thought about pairing the lemon with gingerbread.  But...from the depths of my brain, I remembered this Food Network or Cooking Channel show featuring a restaurant that made Pop-Tarts in house.  Thus, the idea of gingerbread pop-tarts was born!

ran out of rainbow sugar so I "settled" for candied ginger
For the crust, I adapted a recipe from one of those top secret recipe books.  I veganized it by using flax eggs and threw in some blackstrap molasses and gingerbread spices.  The original recipe called for creaming the fat and sugar in a food processor before adding the flour.  I did that, and it was the stupidest thing ever.  So I changed the order to something logical...

Gingerbread Pop-Tarts
makes 12 ginormous tarts

2 Tbsp ground flax
1/4 cup water
3 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup well chilled vegan margarine, cubed
1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
ice cold water
recipe Lemon Filling (as seen below)

frosting:
3/4 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp water
1/2 tsp vanilla
candied ginger or colored sugar (optional)

Whisk ground flax and water until fluffy.  Set aside.  Pulse flour, baking powder, spices, and sugar in a food processor until combined.  Add margarine and pulse until the mixture looks sandy.  Add flax mixture and molasses and pulse until incorporated.  Slowly add in cold water until a ball of dough forms, 1 tablespoon at a time (it took about 4 for me).  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.  If you are super inpatient like me, just throw it in the freezer.

15 minutes before you take the dough out of the fridge, make the lemon filling and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray two cookie sheets with nonstick spray.

Take half the dough and roll it out on a floured surface.  You want to create twelve 4 inch by 6 inch rectangles, so roll it thin (I do six at a time and take the scraps to roll the other six).  Add 1 Tbsp of the lemon filling to 6 of the rectangles, spreading until about 1/2 inch from the edge.  Top each with a clean piece of dough and use a floured fork to crimp the edges.  Bake for 20 minutes and repeat with the remaining half of dough.

Let cool on a wire wrack.  While the pop-tarts cool, make the icing.  Place the powdered sugar in a bowl.  Whisk in the water and vanilla until smooth.  When pop-tarts are finally cool, drizzle icing on them and top with candied ginger or coarse rainbow colored sugar.

inside shot
Two things on the lemon filling.  First, this makes a lot.  You could probably just half it and be fine.  Also, as soon as the filling starts to thicken completely you have to remove it from the heat.  Otherwise it will be a little harder to work with, as it continues to thicken when cooling.

Lemon Filling

1 cup sugar
6 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp vegan margarine
zest of two lemons
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, cornstarch, and turmeric in a saucepan.  Add lemon juice and water and stir until combined.  Heat on medium, stirring constantly until thickened.  As soon as it thickens completely remove from heat and stir in the margarine, lemon zest, and vanilla.  Set aside to cool.

Overall, I thought it was pretty good.  I'll probably go back and tweak the lemon filling, though.  These are probably only slightly healthier than the originals.  There is the added omega 3s from the flax and iron from the molasses.  Of course, there's enough sugar to cancel all of that out.  Ha ha.  I think I need to drink a green smoothie to even out this rush.  Woooooo!

32 comments:

chow said...

OMG! Homemade pop-tarts! and gingerbread no less! They look awesome! :-)

panda with cookie said...

Awesome!!!

Kip said...

what the what!"£%! Please, please. make them appear in front of my face immediately.

andrea. said...

Amazing!

Mihl said...

Ha, I know exactly what you're talking about.

I never had pop-tarts. I guess I'd best start with your amzing version to get to know them.

Vanessa said...

"What the what", actually sums my feelings up too. Ginger bread pop tarts with lemon filling? How do you think up this stuff? (Is it... drugs?)
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Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

No drugs here. Just an extreme love of lemon filling and disappointment that nobody has created a truly amazing vegan lemon meringue pie yet. So I have to find a different avenue for lemony goodness. :)

River (Wing-It Vegan) said...

Lemony goodness! This is a coinkidink, I am eating lemon cookies as we speak! :D

Lauren said...

You. Me. Portland. Slumber party. I will bring Are You Afraid of the Dark?

BunzOfCinnamon said...

Yes! I love this post! I'll need to try these for sure...

Mandee said...

Mo, you are the BEST! I wanna make pop tarts, ginger and lemon are the perfect combo!

Also I love your stripy plate :D

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Lauren-Hellz yes!

Mandee-Ginger and lemon are awesome. I also love ginger and chocolate together. Mmm.

Allyson said...

what an incredibly clever and tasty idea! you just blew my mind, woman!

Amandah said...

Yuuuuummmmmmm!!! What a good idea!! God I want one of those! You may be seeing my version of these soon on Mofo:)

dreaminitvegan said...

Home made poptarts? I would have never thought of that. You just sparked many filling ideas. You rock!

Andy Dufresne said...

Holy wow!

Jeni Treehugger said...

COR those look well tasty I can almost smell the awesome lemon and gingery goodness.

hell-yeah-it-s-vegan said...

Holy crap, you are a genius. These look so awesome!!!!

phoenixdreaming said...

These look amazing!

jessy said...

oh. my. science. MEGAyay! gingerbread pop-tarts with gingered awesomeness to top them off with?! mmmmmmmmm! absolutely amazing and oh-so scrumptious looking. don't 'cha just love how recipe ideas come about?! you are kicking serious booty this MoFo, Monique! w00t!

Sarah S. said...

Fun to the max!

machopineapple said...

Holy hell those look fantastic. I'm with you on the meringue. Now that we have marshmallows it's the new vegan sweets holy grail.

Jen said...

super yay! you could switch fillings too. thanks for the muse!

Michelle said...

Those look and sound soo good!

KTBuns said...

So creative!! :D

The Kuntrageous Vegan said...

Those are SO pretty. I'm still trying to like gingerbread and all things lemon are amazing already...

I'm pretty cracked out on sugar myself. I need to stop.

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Lacey-The gingerbread in this is sorta gingerbread light. Not traditional gingerbread, just more of a spiced dough with a hint of ginger.

idreamofgreenieblog.com said...

So glad I found your blog... I am in awe (and envy) of these Pop Tarts, especially since they were one of my 4 food group kids as a child in the pre-vegan days.

My question to you is how would you tweak the filling for someone like myself who loves gingerbread but not lemon flavoring? I am thinking maybe a cinnamony apple center or a caramelized brown sugar filling (my favorite flavor used to be frosted brown sugar cinnamon).

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Either one of those flavors would be good! If you do the apple one, make sure the apple bits are super small. But, both of those sound really good. I was thinking about doing a chocolate filling next.

The original recipe called for 1/2 cup jam. So, maybe even try apple butter or something?

Amey said...

oh my goodness sweet mother of yumminess mo. These look so beautiful. Please let me know as soon as you have totally refined and perfected this recipe and then I will spend an entire weekend making 150 of them to eat all week long.

mindstride said...

Oh *man*. Those look amazing.

yosoyblog said...

I would pay good money for these!!! I luvvv poptarts and when I feel the need for a sugar rush, I'll have one of the real vegan flavors (which are all the ones without frosting). I love the candied ginger on top of these!