Bloggers write great cookbooks. And I’m not just saying that because I’m INCREDIBLY BIASED. I’m saying that because I genuinely believe it. And I think I know why…it’s because food bloggers are the ULTIMATE cookbook fans.
We love ’em. We read them from cover to cover like novels. We hoard them (or at least I do). For some reason, we gravitate to information and stories that are told through the medium of food. Or at least, with a side of food.
After having gone through the whole process of creating my own cookbook, I only love them even more. Especially when I feel like I know the person who wrote the book, even a little bit, even just through the blogger world.
So recently the lovely Kate Doran from The Little Loaf (an amazing blog, a real OG of blogging) sent me a copy of her fricking brilliant book Homemade Memories. These super simple Homemade Pop Tarts are my verrry slight tweaking of a recipe from that book, and MAN OH MAN, did I love it.
Both the Homemade Pop Tarts and the book, I mean. The Pop Tarts are delicious – I added some cinnamon to the pastry and skipped making them whole-wheat because I guess I’m just a bad person. They’re gorgeous: buttery, simple, crisp, easy to make, just a straight up delight.
The book, I loved even more. Full of Kate’s great, friendly writing, her stories, and a bunch of recipes that I could easily work my way through and never be unhappy, or feel like anything was missing. PB&J Arctic Roll? Come on. Amazing.
So if you love baking, or cookbooks, or blogs as much as I do, then you should definitely grab a copy. It will make your week, I swear!
Now in the meantime I’m going to go and dip a nutella-filled Homemade Pop Tart into my coffee and finish watching this episode inside the Actor’s Studio with Dustin Hoffman. Good. Flippin’. Times.
- 1⅓ cups (200g) plain flour
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 stick (115g) butter, cold
- 1 tsp cider vinegar
- ¼ cup cold water
- Jam, nutella, or whatever you want to fill them with.
- 1 egg, beaten
- Place the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt into the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Cut the butter into small cubes, and then add to the mixer, and mix on a low speed until there are large flakes of butter.
- Mix the vinegar and water, and then slowly add a little at a time until the mixture looks like it's about to come together in a dough. Tip the dough out onto a work surface, knead the dough a few times to bring it together and divide into two pieces.
- Wrap in plastic and rest for 30 minutes in the fridge.
- Roll each piece out to a 3-4mm thick rectangle, and cut out 6 equal sized rectangles from each piece.
- Place a tbsp of nutella or jam onto half of the rectangles, brush the edges with beaten egg, and then top with the remaining pieces pressing the edges firmly to seal.
- Slash the tops to let steam out, then place on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes of until golden brown, then leave to cool for a while and eat!