It’s that time again….it’s time for Spiked!Recipe Challenge “Beer”. My entry into this fun challenge is these yummy Blonde Fatale Pop Tarts! That’s right…..
I just used pop tarts and beer in the same sentence, and you will thank me for it! Just take a look at these yummy treats…..
When I first read that the ingredient for the challenge was local craft beer, I just about choked. I do not drink beer. I do not like the taste of beer. How am I supposed to create something with beer? Oh wait, Guinness Burgers, Guinness Barbecue Ribs, Guinness Chili, Guinness & Steak Pie. Okay, maybe it’s not the end of the world after all. I love cooking with beer, but usually a stout beer that goes perfectly with beef!
So off the the grocery store I went in search of a good local craft beer. As soon as I saw the label “Blonde Fatale”…..DONE! It claims to be a Belgium inspired beer…..yeah, okay…..and that means what exactly? I don’t know, but I had Cassi try it and tell me what she thought of it. She is the resident expert, having just spent a year traveling around Belgium trying out their local beers. She was not impressed. It does not taste anything like a Belgian beer, in fact she thought it was too sweet. Perfect for baking!
I made some Guinness Pecan Bars last fall, and thought that would make the perfect filling for the pop tarts. I cut the measurements way down and there is still probably enough filling to make 2 batches! This is what a Tablespoon of filling looks like…..
I used a toaster pastry press purchased from Williams-Sonoma last year to cut out the pop tarts, but you could just as easily cut them into 3 1/4″ X 4 1/2″ rectangles with a knife. And here is the bottle of beer that I chose….
See, how could I not choose a beer with curly blonde hair on the label! Yes, that is the same way I choose wine and race horses
For comparison I put one of my yummy pop tarts side by side with one of Cassi’s store bought pop tarts…..
Mine are puffier than the store bought and I’m not exactly sure why. But it doesn’t matter, because they taste so good you will forget all about those other ones!
Oh yeah…for full disclosure I have decided to show you the inside of the puffy pop tart…..
the one on top is the actual filling, the one on the bottom is the one I added filling to for the photos :) I wouldn’t want anyone being disappointed that theirs turned out differently than mine. Enjoy!
Blonde Fatale Pop Tarts
|Prep time||45 minutes|
|Cook time||25 minutes|
|Total time||1 hours, 10 minutes|
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/4 cup beer (stout would be awesome)
- 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon full fat coconut milk (or heavy cream)
- 1 large organic egg
- 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter (cut into small cubes)
- 6 - 8 Tablespoons cold beer (or ice water)
- Egg Wash
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 Tablespoons cold beer
*it is always better to temper the egg so that it does not turn to scrambled eggs. I forgot to do this and just tossed it in the pan. It seemed to scramble/cook a bit, but by the time I was done, you could not tell. If you add the egg before the mixture gets too hot, you should be okay.
This recipe will be partying at these link parties!