Breakfast Pastries with Homemade Jam

So, now that you have a good 4 cups (at least) of strawberry rhubarb jam all to yourself after giving some away to your beloved friends and family, what do you do with it? I’d been wanting to make my own breakfast pastries (I’d call them pop tarts, but…they’re so much better and more real) but I wanted to have my own jam to fill them with so it was really all homemade. And, I thought, they’d  be a great decorative addition to the jar of jam I was bringing to my Daddy in the city for our belated Daddy Day Date. They turned out filling and delicious!

Read on for the recipe and photos…

Pastry Ingredients

2 cups flour (it might be interesting to try spelt or whole wheat flour…but for now, I just used all purpose unbleached)
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 unsalted butter
5 to 6 tbsp chilled water

Pastry Directions

  • Cut the butter into the flour and salt with a pastry cutter (or pulse it a few times in the food processor) until it’s like a fine meal.
  • Add the water slowly, tablespoon by tablespoon, and begin to mix with your hands until it just forms a ball.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.

Breakfast Pastry Ingredients

Prepared pastry dough
1/2 cup jam of your choosing (hurray for Homemade Strawberry Rhubarb Jam!)
1 egg
1/4 cup water


    • Separate the dough into 10 pieces and work with one piece of dough at a time refrigerating the rest while you work.
    • Roll each piece out into a long and thin rectangle, trimming the edges to make them clean.
    • Spread a tablespoon of jam onto one half of the rectangle.
  • Fold over the other half of dough, seal with your fingers, then press shut with a fork.
  • Place each finished pastry on a wax paper coated tray in the freezer.
  • They should each be in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F and beat the egg with the 1/4 cup water.
  • Take the pastries out of the freezer and paint them with the egg wash.
  • Sprinkle each with a bit of sugar and bake for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on racks – be careful, the jam gets really hot in the oven.

Enjoy as breakfast, a snack, or a dessert (especially good when enjoyed with your Daddy!)

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