October is a month of good things. You probably already know that October is Tailgating Snack Month on Life Currents. There’s the simple goodness of October being fall! And, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I’ll be bringing you lots of cool things this month. I already have a giveaway with two awesome prize packages! One for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one for Tailgating Snacks Month. Hop on over here to enter!
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I’m participating in Cooking for the Cure with some wonderful bloggers!
Susan G. Komen states that, “in 2015, it is estimated that among U.S. women there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer”. And, “in 2015, it is estimated that among men in the U.S. there will be 2,350 new cases of breast cancer.”
You know, we often hear about breast cancer, but what exactly is it? Again, I went to Susan G. Komen for the defination. They state, “breast cancer occurs when cells in the breast divide and grow without their normal control. Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly. By the time a lump is large enough to feel, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. (Some tumors are aggressive and grow much faster.)” Take a look here for warning signs of breast cancer.
My life has been touched by breast cancer. My maternal Grandma had radical mastectomy to remove breast cancer, and later had radiation therapy for cancer in her lymph nodes. My Grandma’s sister also had breast cancer, having to have first one breast, then the other removed. More recently, my second cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer, which I’m happy to say she is cancer free now.
So, I am excited participate in Cooking for the Cure, and to help bring some more awareness to breast cancer.
I started talking to my husband about what I could make that was pink, fun, and happy (because all too often I think we can become saddened and overwhelmed by things such as breast cancer that are so large, and I want to keep an upbeat outlook on life). Well, he really wanted me to make Pop Tarts for him. He got really excited about these pop tarts, and his face just lit up at the idea of getting homemade pop tarts. Hmm, pop tarts for the cure? Sounds good to me.
Since I’ve already made some Blackberry Nutella Hand Pies with pie crust I decided to make these Pink Pop Tarts with puff pastry. But, if you prefer pie crust (as my husband does), it’s basically the same directions, just use pie crust instead of puff pasty. You can also take a look at that Blackberry Nutella Hand Pie recipe for pictures and details. And if you’d like to get one of these Pocket Maker Sets for yourself, check them out here.
Now, don’t skip the egg wash step on these little pockets. Since the jam becomes liquid as it heats it will seep out of the pockets as they bake. I had a couple seep out so basically you’re left with a strawberry flavored puff pasty. Still super delicious, but not exactly what you’re looking for here. I also baked up some Pop Tarts with pie crust for the husband. Both were great. He liked the pie crust ones a lot more; while I preferred the puff pasty ones. I also made a few using cherry jam (’cause it’s my favorite!) instead of strawberry jam, and they were awesome!
These Pink Pop Tarts are great for Tailgating Snacks Month as well because they can be made ahead of time, and if you tailgate early in the day, you can eat them for breakfast, or eat them as a dessert at the end of the evening at the tailgate!
- 1 package 2 puff pastry sheets
- Strawberry Jam
- 1 egg white
- Pink Strawberry Icing recipe below
- Allow puff pastry to come to room temperature according to package directions, usually approximately 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 400° F.
- On a floured surface, unroll one puff pastry sheet. Gently press the pocket maker to make marks for 6 pockets. Place 2 tablespoons of strawberry jam on each pocket, being careful not to fill too close to the edge.
- In a small bowl, gently mix the egg white. Using a pastry brush, brush the beaten egg white around the inside edge of the pocket to create a tighter seal.
- Roll out the second sheet so it’s slightly larger than the first, and place on top of the first sheet. Gently press down around the filling so you can see the shape. Place pocket maker on top, and press down firmly to seal the pocket. Remove excess dough. Place pocket on a cookie sheet using a thin spatula.
- Bake at 400 ° F for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove tray from oven, and allow pop tarts to cool on the cookie tray for a couple of minutes, then remove them to a cooking rack. Once they have cooled spread icing over the top. I garnished mine with pink sprinkles as well.
- 3 tablespoons strawberry jam
- 1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3-4 tablespoons milk or cream
- Place strawberry jam and butter in a small microwavable dish, and heat until melted, about 30 seconds, stirring after each 15 seconds.
- Place powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt in a large bowl, and stir in melted jam mixture. Add milk to achieve desired consistency.
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