J'AIME LES POPTARTS

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Roomie and her cousin are off to Vancouver tomorrow and Monday. They’re leaving early tomorrow morning and likely won’t have time to make or grab breakfast, so I made them a little treat! I’ve been interested in making pop tarts for a while now. I was never big into pop tarts as a kid, partly because my mum never bought them, and party because pastries have never really been my thing. However, this didn’t stop me from wanting to make them, and it means everyone else gets a huge helping of them!
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Pop Tarts 
Pie crust 
Ingredients 
2 cups whole wheat flour 
8 oz (2 sticks) unsalted butter 
1/2 tsp salt 
1 tsp granulated sugar 
4 TBSP ice water 

Preparation 
1. In a bowl, whisk flour, salt and sugar. 
2. Cut butter into cubes and place in bowl. Using fingertips, combine until resembling coarse meal. 
3. Add ice water, 1 TBSP at a time until combined. Split dough into 2 disks, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. 

Apple Pie filling 
Ingredients 
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and coarsely chopped 
1 tsp butter 
2 TBSP brown sugar 
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tsp lemon juice 

Preparation 
1. In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter until golden brown. 
2. Add brown sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice to sauce pan. Follow with apple. 
3. Cook until liquid reduces, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. 

Makes enough for 5 pop tarts. 

Cinnamon glaze 
1/2 cup confectioners sugar 
1/2 tsp almond milk 
1 TBSP cinnamon
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Blueberry filling 
Ingredients 
2/3 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed 
1 tsp granulated sugar 
1 tsp lemon juice 
2 tsp flour 

Preparation 
1. In saucepan over medium-low heat, combine first three ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes. 
2. Add flour and stir constantly until combined and mixture thickens. 

Makes enough for 4 pop tarts.
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To assemble pop tarts 
1. Remove disks from fridge. 
2. Roll out separately and cut into fairly even rectangles. I suppose the size is up to you. For me, 1 disc yielded 9 rectangles/9 tarts. It’ll vary however thin you roll out your pastry, but I wouldn’t do it too thin. 
3. Add 1 TBSP filling of your choice down the center of the pastry. 
4. With remaining rectangles cut out from the other disc, top with the second piece of dough. Gently press down the edges of the pop tarts until closed. Follow up by edging with a fork. Create vents on the top of the tart. You can make a fun little design if you wanted to! I stuck with a classic “V” shape. 
5. If you choose, wash with egg bath (1 egg white, whisked) and cover with sugar. 
6. Refrigerate tarts on greased cookie pan for about a half hour. 
7. Heat oven to 350F and cook for 25-30 minutes, rotating about half way through. Let tarts completely cool before adding glaze.
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BURGER CUPCAKES WITH A SIDE OF FRIES

A couple of weeks ago my roommate asked me to help her make a cake for her cousins birthday, who’d be joining us in Victoria for the weekend. After much debate and much foodgawker surfing, we (excitedly) settled on cute little burger cupcakes and fries. We got the idea from a Father’s Day post on Bakerella where boxed cake, brownies and sugar cookies were used. At first we decided to save ourselves some trouble and do this as well. We picked up two organic cake and brownie mixes (on sale), but couldn’t find any sugar cookies. I made the brownies the night before the cake, and was a little confused, because the instructions were to add BUTTER and eggs. Not even oil! I subbed oil anyways, but it made the brownies super elastic and didn’t make nearly as much batter as box brownies usually do. They ended up hardly filling an 8x8 baking pan, but did turn out relatively fine. They were a bit chewy, but otherwise okay.

The following morning, Jenna made vanilla cupcakes from the box mix. It was a bit of a disaster. The cups were filled too high and consequently spilled over the rim and made an interesting type of cake. We did a little taste test to see if they were even remotely usable, and they were AWFUL. We scrapped those and I took over and started from scratch. I made plain vanilla cupcakes using a modified version from Ming Makes Cupcakes and sugar cookies cut thinly to make fries. There was also a template on Bakerella for baskets and fry holders, so I made a few of those to up the presentation. I think it made the whole thing.

They were a hit! I never actually tried them, but I heard nothing but good things. They sure looked pretty, and that’s all that really matters to me.

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Vanilla Cupcakes (Adapted from Ming Makes Cupcakes)
Ingredients
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup almond milk

Preparation
1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
2. Beat in applesauce and agave nectar. Mix thoroughly.
3. Beat in eggs, vanilla and milk. Mix until just combined.
4. Full cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake at 400F for 20 minutes.

GABI + SAM TAKE OVER VICTORIA

Yesterday was without a doubt the best day I've had so far in Victoria. Why is that so? Gabi was on vacation with her parents and stopped in Victoria to hang out with me! I had been anticipating seeing her all month, and thankfully she got to come. The original plan was to spend the day together on Wednesday, but she ended up staying five minutes away from my house, so we got to hang out for a bit on Tuesday night as well!

There are a few activities that I consider things that Gabi and I do, and those are going for shisha, eating a lot of fro-yo (usually at Spoon Me in Calgary), as well as wine and cheese nights. When I was visiting Victoria a couple of months ago I found out about Qoola Frozen Yogurt, and was super excited to find out that I lived fairly close to the only (currently) open Victoria location. I've been a number of times with my roommate and my parents, but have been holding off buying any for myself in anticipation of Gabi visiting. Well, we went on Tuesday night and I was not disappointed. I got a little mix of NSA mint, cookies & cream and coconut. After fro-yo, Gabi and I walked back to my place where we chatted for a little while and she put some feather extensions in my hair.

The next morning we went to West Coast Waffles for a late breakfast, and then spent the rest of the day wandering around downtown Victoria. Some highlights were going to Street Level Espresso for an Americano and Espresso, Fol Epi where Gabi got a very average macaron, Hernandez for black bean tacos for CHEAP, and uh, really just getting to hang out.


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Graffiti in Esquimalt, Gabi @ Street Level Espresso.
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Cute cups @ Street Level Espresso in Downtown Victoria.
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Macarons @ Fol Epi in Esquimalt.
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Bridge to Esquimalt.
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Taco time at Hernandez (Photo from Gabi's iPhone).
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The last photo may look like a burger and fries, but don't be fooled! It's actually a cupcake and sugar cookies. Expect a post on the how-to coming up soon.


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