Improv Challenge: Strawberry Nutella Poptarts

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I giggled when I read the two ingredients for this month's Improv challenge: hearts and flours. I can't help it, I'm easily amused by puns.

In case you don't know yet, the Improv Challenge is a challenge organized by Kristin of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. There are two ingredients selected for each month (and we're made aware of them in advance) and anyone who wishes can participate. To participate, you just need to make a recipe that includes those two ingredients and post it on your blog (for the first time) on the day of our link up. Easy, right?

I printed out this recipe a while back and for whatever reason, never got around to making it. Which is kind of a shock considering it involves Nutella which is pretty much one of my favorite ingredients, ever. Nevertheless, I knew this would be a great recipe to use for this challenge.



Strawberry Nutella Pop Tarts
Source: The Novice Chef
Servings: 6
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Ingredients:
    • 1 pie crust, homemade or store-bought refrigerated version (like Pillsbury)
    • 6 tsp. Nutella
    • 6 tsp. strawberry preserves
    • 2 large strawberries, carved into 6 hearts
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 tsp. water
    • 1 tsp. sugar in the raw or other coarse sugar
Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with a silpat.
2. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the pie crust until very, very thin, about 1/16th of an inch. Cut into 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles, rolling the dough out again as necessary to create 12 rectangles.
3. Cut out a heart in 6 of the rectangles, the size that the strawberry will fit into.
4. Spread 1 tsp. of Nutella onto the 6 remaining rectangles, then add 1 tsp. of preserves each.
5. Then place the other rectangle on top and put the heart in the center. Use a fork to crimp the edges.
6. Whisk together the egg and water in a small bowl. Brush onto the top of each pop tart. Sprinkle with the coarse sugar.
7. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to a cooling rack for 5 minutes before serving.



Yum! Not only are these adorable but they're tasty too! If you keep pie crust in the freezer like I do, this is something you can whip up relatively quickly.


24 comments:

  1. What a delicious breakfast treat! I love the strawberry hearts!

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  2. So very cute, and sounds yummy, especially with strawberries and nutella!

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  3. That is really cute, Nichole! I love the heart-shaped strawberries. And paired with Nutella, yum!

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  4. I have never been a pop tart fan but these loook beautiful! And what is better than nutella?

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    1. I'm not really a pop tart person either, but the Nutella totally makes it worthwhile.

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  5. Very clever! I love Nutella but never yet tried it with fruits. Perhaps I should start smothering fruit slices with Nutella.

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    1. Yes, you definitely should. Then you can at least pretend you're either healthy. Its what I tell myself.

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  6. I am so glad you saved this recipe for the Improv (whether on purpose or not!). They sound amazing and that strawberry heart on top is a great touch!

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    1. Not intentional, but it definitely worked out. thank you!

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  7. Love your strawberry-nutella poptarts! They're the perfect for a quick snack or breakfast. What a great idea for the Improv Challenge! Hope you have time to stop by and check out my heart-shaped gingerbread cookies.

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  8. Delish! One of my boys uses Nutella every day. (Sometimes with raspberry spread, sometimes with CHOCOLATE CHIPS!) He would gobble these down, for sure.

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    1. I wish I could eat Nutella daily. Oh to have a child's metabolism again...

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  9. Bravo, Nicole! As a Nutella AND Poptart fan, you recipe makes me as happy as Kristen's word play with flours and hearts =)

    P.s. I'm intrigued that ramen was also one of the first things you made in the kitchen...Guess Japanese culture and food really has made an inroad here in the US.

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    1. thanks! And don't give me too much ramen credit, I'm just talking about the packaged Maurachan (or something like that) kind. Although I do add my own seasonings instead of the packet they provide.

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  10. Besides being so darn cute, these pop tarts must be delish!!! Love the Nutella strawberry combo :)

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  11. You had me at strawberry and nutella :) These are too cute! Love the little heart cut outs and I can just imagine how yummy they tasted.

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  12. That's so cute! I love the idea of the Nutella-strawberry combo, and Nutella tarts are clearly a high art form.

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  13. I haven't had a poptart in forever, and I now I feel like I need one as soon as humanly possible. Love this idea!

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  14. Well, you can't go wrong with Nutella and strawberry jam--yum! Good choice for the Improv!

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  15. Home made pop tarts, my kids would be all over these.
    Mimi

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