Fandom Foodies #Nyanuary is the inspiration for my rainbow marmalade pop tarts.
Ok – so not the original Nyan cat, but who doesn’t love Pusheen? The whole Nyan cat thing got me down the road of homemade pop tarts, and I happened to have blood orange marmalade on hand, so decided to make rainbow marmalade pop tarts. I couldn’t resist a cat-inspired challenge, since our much loved cats both inspire me daily (inspire me to take more naps, relax more, and enjoy my food with great relish).
I couldn’t resist – they are so adorable!
Ok – back to the food. I’ve thought about making pop tarts for quite some time – they are pretty easy to make, since they are basically pie dough, filling, and frosting. They make a great coffee treat first thing in the morning, as well as go well with afternoon tea. I had so much fun playing around with these – who doesn’t enjoy decorating with rainbow sprinkles, after all? Creating a good Nyan cat out of pop tarts, frosting, and sprinkles turned out to be more of a challenge than I expected. Clay came in at one point and told me my creation was #nailedit. Ok – that might be a fair assessment of the final product. Still. I did all my photos and then realized I needed at least one photo with my maneki-neko cats and a rainbow marmalade pop tart.
Here’s the Nyan cat attempt:
And here are some better photos of the actual pop tarts – both frosted and un-frosted:
Put it all together, and you definitely have #Nyanuary
Hope you enjoy making these rainbow marmalade pop tarts as much as I did!
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 - 6 tablespoons cold water (or as needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 jar of marmalade
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk (or as needed)
- Rainbow sprinkles to decorate
- Combine the flour, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Use a pastry cutter or knife to cut the butter into small pieces and incorporate into the flour until the butter/flour/vanilla mixture is the consistency of small peas. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time until the dough starts to hold together. Knead a couple of times and then refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll the chilled dough out on a floured surface to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut the dough into rectangles that are 2 inches x 3 inches. I was able to get 16 rectangles out of the dough for a total of 8 pop tarts.
- Place half of the rectangles single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet. Put 1 tablespoon of marmalade in the middle of each rectangle. Cover with the remaining dough and crimp the edges using a fork. Using the fork, poke three rows of holes on the top to reduce the amount of marmalade that spills out. Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool completely.
- To make the frosting, combine the powdered sugar and milk and stir. Add more powdered sugar or more milk to get to the desired consistency. Frost and sprinkle with rainbow sprinkles. Enjoy!
- Makes 8 pop tarts