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Tasty Toaster Tarts Recipe

Who doesn't love that classic cereal-aisle favorite, the toaster tart? This is our take on that legendary breakfast pastry, inspired by chef-owner Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery in Boston. We've filled these with brown sugar and cinnamon, but also offer a jam filling at the end of the directions.

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Total
Yield
9 toaster tarts
Nutrition information

Ingredients

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Crust

Filling

Topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. To make the dough: Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter until the mixture holds together when you squeeze it, with pecan-sized lumps of butter still visible. Mix the egg and milk, and add it to the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive.
  2. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a rough 3" x 5" rectangle, smoothing the edges. Wrap in plastic or waxed paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes; this will relax the gluten and firm up the dough a bit, making it easier to roll. You can also refrigerate the dough for up to 2 days; let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature before you roll it out.
  3. To make the filling: Whisk together the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon.
  4. To assemble the tarts: Place one piece of the dough on a generously floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8" thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9" x 12". Trim off the edges; place the scraps on a baking sheet, and set them aside, along with the 9" x 12" rectangle of dough.
  5. Roll the second piece of dough just as you did the first. Press the edge of a ruler into the dough you've just rolled, to gently score it in thirds lengthwise and width-wise; you'll see nine 3" x 4" rectangles.
  6. Beat the egg, and brush it over the entire surface of the dough. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each marked rectangle. Place the second sheet of dough atop the first, using your fingertips or a chopstick to press firmly around each pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides.
  7. Press the tines of a fork (or the chopstick) all around the edge of the rectangle. Cut the dough evenly in between the filling mounds to make nine tarts. Press the cut edges with your fingers to seal, then press with a fork or chopstick to seal again.
  8. Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; you want to make sure steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries. Sprinkle the tarts with cinnamon-sugar, if desired. Refrigerate them, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  10. Remove the tarts from the fridge, and bake them for 30 to 35 minutes, until they're a light golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and allow them to cool on the pan.
  11. Store on the counter for up to 2 days, or freeze for up to a month.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 82g
  • Servings Per Batch 9
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 350
  • Calories from Fat 190
  • Total Fat 22g
  • Saturated Fat 13g
  • Trans Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 95mg
  • Sodium 280mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 35g
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Protein 5g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.