Apple Cider Poptarts
Awhile back I asked you all what flavors you wanted to see in my recipes this fall, and I got a lot of requests for apple. I don’t make a ton of apple desserts for a few reasons. One is that I feel like apple desserts are everywhere. It’s important to me that I’m bringing you recipes you are looking for, but it’s also important to me that I’m bringing something new and different than recipes that you can find all over the Internet, especially by some really amazing food bloggers. The other reason is that I don’t love apple desserts, so I don’t think about it when I’m planning my recipes. But this blog isn’t recipes for me – these are recipes for you! So I appreciate you giving me your feedback because it allowed me to create this really amazing apple dessert that’s not like all the other apple desserts out there. These Apple Cider Poptarts are filled with a homemade apple jam and topped with a homemade caramel apple cider frosting. And it’s surprisingly simple to make!
How to make Apple Cider Jam
Making jam is really simple! You put all your ingredients in a pot and let them cook for a long time. This reduces all the liquid in the pot until your mixture has the texture of jam. For apple cider jam, in a medium saucepan you’ll combine cider, chopped apples, and your standard fall spices – I used nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon sticks, but feel free to get creative with what fall spices excite you! Heat to a boil, and continue heating until the mixture is reduced. This will take 45 minutes to an hour. But you don’t have to do any work. Just let it cook and give it the occasional stir! Once reduced, remove from heat and let cool.
How to make Apple Cider Poptarts
Remove roll-out pie crusts from the fridge or freezer and defrost according to package (even if you keep them refrigerated, they need to sit out for at least 10-15 minutes before you unroll them). Roll them out into a square if you can. If it stays circular, that’s okay too – you can cut off the edges to make it square! Cut the crust into strips about 3″ wide. Combine the apple jam with cornstarch. Spoon some of the jam mixture into one half of each vertical strip, but leave the edges of the crust uncovered. Brush some egg around the edges of the strip of pie crust, and then fold the empty half of each strip of crust over the jam covered half. Seal the edges with your fingers, and then press down with a fork, all the way around. Brush the tops of each poptart with egg, and then bake 15-18 minutes. Once golden and toasty, remove from oven and let cool.
How to make Caramel Apple Cider Icing
Combine apple jam, apple cider, and caramel sauce with powdered sugar. You can adjust the measurements of the different ingredients until you get a frosting that is your desired texture and flavor. Spoon the icing glaze over cooled poptarts and let set. Then bite in and enjoy the glorious fall deliciousness that oozes out!
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Apple Cider Poptarts
- 3 cups apple cider
- 3 apples chopped
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1-2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 box roll-out pie crusts
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple cider
- 2 tablespoons Apple Jam
- 1 tablespoon caramel sauce
- Combine the apple jam ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
- During heating, stir occasionally, and when the apples are soft enough, use a potato masher (or a fork) to mash up the apples.
- Continue heating until the mixture has reduced to a jam-like consistency. This will take about 45 minutes to an hour total.
- Once reduced, remove from heat and let cool.
- Defrost pie crust according to package directions. Note that if you keep it in the refrigerator instead of the freezer, it will still need to sit out 10-15 minutes before unrolling.
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix 1 cup of cooled apple jam with the cornstarch.
- Roll out the pie crust, into a square if you can (or cut off the edges of the circle).
- Cut into strips about 3" wide.
- Spoon the jam onto one half of each strip, leaving the edges uncovered.
- Brush the edges with egg, and then fold the strip in half so that the empty side of the strip folds over top of the jam. Seal the edges with your fingers, and then press edges with a fork.
- Brush the top of each poptart with egg and bake for 15-18 minutes.
- Cool completely.
- Combine all icing ingredients, adjusting the measurements as needed to get the flavor and consistency you're looking for.
- Spoon the icing glaze over cooled poptarts.
- Let the icing set, then enjoy!