Valentine's day falls on a Saturday this year, which means breakfast can be just as romantic as a steak dinner. S'mores have a special place in my relationship with my husband, so this year I am making us some homemade s'more pop tarts. I always told my New York City-born-and-bred husband that I wanted to go camping, but since he isn't exactly outdoorsy and doesn't know how to even drive - we never made it happen...until he proposed in a tent in my parents backyard. Okay, that isn't exactly camping and since it ended up raining that night we never even slept in his poorly constructed tent, but it was romantic and the actual proposal involved a s'more pun, "Will you love me s'more?" Hey I didn't say it was a good pun, but as a pun lover, good and bad, it was perfect. Since then, s'mores have had a special place in my heart and tummy. We even had a magical s'more cake on our wedding night.
A s'more filled breakfast seemed like the perfect way to surprise my husband this year. When I first saw different iterations of this recipe, I didn't think I could pull it off. I'm NOT a baker and didn't know if the combination of ingredients would actually work. To my surprise, these guys were SUPER easy to make and delicious.
First, pre-heat the oven to 350°F. Then take some store bought pie crust and roll out one sheet out as thin as you can. Cut the dough rectangles around 2.5" x 3.5" (as you can see I kind of guesstimated and ended up with different sized rectangles - they looked a little wonkier, but tasted just as good!) Save the extra dough left over to make hearts or initials or any shape of your choosing.
Then crush up a graham cracker or two (I used a cocktail muddler to make my crumble). Add a heaping spoonful of Nutella hazelnut spread and marshmallow fluff to four rectangles and then top them with the graham cracker crumble, leaving a 1/2 inch border. I was nervous about the pop tarts being too full, but in the end it turned out that they could have been fuller. I would have added more Nutella and graham cracker than what is pictured above.
In a small bowl whisk together a separated egg yolk and some water to make an egg wash. Place the remaining 4 rectangles on top of the Nutella, fluff, and graham crumble layers and seal the edges with a fork. (I should have spent more time making my fork sealing cuter, but I was in a rush!) Score tiny x's on the corners or in the middle. If you add a heart or shape to the top, scrape your fork gently on the dough where you want to place the shape, so it will stick. Brush the pop tarts with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated or coarse sugar. Pop them in the oven for 12-14 minutes, put on a romantic record and wait for your punny valentine to wake up to a s'more scented apartment!
Homemade S'more Pop Tarts
adapted from the novice chef's strawberry nutella pop tarts
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1 sheet refrigerated pie crust
- Nutella Hazelnut spread
- Marshmallow Fluff
- Graham Cracker crumbled
- Coarse or granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F and cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water. Crumble graham cracker with fork or muddler in bowl. Set both aside.
Roll out pie crust until very thin. Cut into 2.5 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles. I ended up with 8 rectangles with extra dough leftover.
On 4 rectangles, spread 1 heaping spoonful of Nutella, 1 spoonful of Marshmallow Fluff and sprinkle heavily with graham cracker crumble, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
Seal the edges with the prongs of a fork and brush with egg wash. Top with coarse or granulated sugar.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool on cooling rack for 5 minutes and then serve!
Have a delicious valentine's day morning!
(all photos, jamie grill photography - except for wedding photo taken by my sister!)