acai pop tarts
Look, I know acai berries are rare, but I've never seen acai jelly anywhere. I have seen blueberry acai jelly, but that's not the same thing. I wanted the whole acai essence, so I made my own filling. Sadly, said filling evaporated during the baking process in the oven, which is why you see the inside of a pop tart with no purple filling inside. :(
You may notice in the video I used a rolling pin on the entire 1st premade pie crust. That turned out to be a bad idea, as the crust was very hard to flatten. Thus, that part is not in the written directions below.
Makes 8 pop tarts of varying sizes
HELPFUL LINK: Purple food coloring: http://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Set-8-Icing-Colors/dp/B0000CFMU7/ref=sr_1_2?srs=2603741011&ie=UTF8&qid=1464643598&sr=8-2&
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A pizza cutter
A large bowl
A rolling pin
Sheet of paper towel
A baking tray or cookie sheet
Gloves to protect your hands from staining
For the pop tarts:
2 premade pie crusts
1 packet of acai fruit puree, thawed
1/4 cup of acai juice
For the icing:
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 tbsp. of milk, or enough to make the icing smooth and liquidy
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
Purple food coloring(see helpful link)
1. In a large bowl, mix the juice into the fruit puree. Break down the solid puree bits using a spoon.
2. Roll out 1 pie crust.
3. Cut the out the edges of the pie crust. Form the cut-out edges into a ball.
4. Using a pizza cutter, cut the remaining pie crust into 6 pieces, preferably squares or rectangles. Ideally, you want the pieces to be all uniform size, but if they aren't, just match crust pieces of similar size.
5. Flatten the ball made from the cut-out edges of the pie crust using a rolling pin. Cut the flattened pie crust in half using a pizza cutter.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 for the 2nd pie crust.
7. Put a sheet of paper towel onto the surface you're working on and put 1 tbsp. of filling onto half of the larger pieces you have. Top the piece that has filling on it with a similar sized piece. Don't worry about filling oozing out.
8. Put only 1 tsp. of filing onto half of the smaller pieces you have. Top the piece that has filling on it with a similar sized piece.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for the rest of the crust pieces.
10. Crimp the edges of each completed pop tart with the back of a fork.
11. Put wax paper onto a baking tray or cookie sheet and put all of the pop tarts on top of the wax paper.
12. Bake in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 8-10 minutes.
13. Once the pop tarts are done baking, let them cool off at room temperature for 10 minutes.
14. Put the sugar, milk, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Dip a toothpick into some purple food coloring and add the food coloring to the icing mixture by sticking the end of the toothpick with food coloring into the icing mixture to get the food coloring into the mixture. Remove toothpick when the food coloring is in the icing mixture! Wear gloves for this step so you don't stain your hands!
15. Add enough milk to the icing mixture to get an icing that is smooth, purple, and liquidy. I needed 1/4 cup of milk.
16. Top the pop tarts with the icing and top icing with shredded, sweetened coconut. Let the icing harden on the pop tarts for 5 minutes.
17. Bon appetit!
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