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Homemade Pop-Tarts for Davening on the Tayelet!

Posted on May 28, 2013 by Aliza Geller

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I made homemade pop-tarts for tomorrow’s Community Davening on the Tayelet!


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We will begin at 5:05am. Sunrise is at 5:36.

Our schedule for the morning is:

  1. Birkot HaShahar and Psukei led by Mike Nash and Laura Marder with simultaneous yoga led by Emly (Yoga mats will be provided. Bring your own if you have).
  2. Traditional shacharit led by Adam Masser, with added chanting of Yotzer Ohr led by Laurie
  3. Extended Shmoneh Esrei, leaving time for meditation, breath awareness,* etc.
  4. After concluding prayers, Gabby will lead us in a musical Oseh Shalom

*A non-coercive suggestion: James suggests one breath per word of the Amidah.

The plan is to have all davening done by 6:30, followed by singing (bring musical instruments if you have them!).

We will provide a light breakfast and encourage everyone to bring coffee to drink and snacks to share, all to be enjoyed while listening to a shiur from our own Rav Meir.

Directions to the Tayelet:
The tayelet is on Daniel Yanovsky (which is a continuation of Yehuda) just after it crosses Beitar. Go down the stairs from the Daniel Yanovsky entrance (next to the bathrooms) to the tayelet to the big canopy overlooking the old city.


Homemade dulche de leche + chocolate pop-tarts (gluten free not pictured)

Homemade dulche de leche + chocolate pop-tarts (gluten free not pictured)

2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk

1 additional large egg (to brush on pastry)

Make the dough: Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter with your fingers, pastry blender or food processor until pea-sized lumps of butter are still visible, and the mixture holds together when you squeeze it. If you’ve used a food processor, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Whisk the first egg and milk together and stir them into the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive, kneading briefly on a well-floured counter if necessary.

Divide the dough in half (approximately 8 1/4 ounces each), shape each half into a smooth rectangle, about 3×5 inches. You can roll this out immediately (see Warm Kitchen note below) or wrap each half in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Assemble the tarts: If the dough has been chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and allow it to soften and become workable, about 15 to 30 minutes. Place one piece on a lightly floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8″ thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9″ x 12″. [You can use a 9″ x 13″ pan, laid on top, as guidance.] Repeat with the second piece of dough. Set trimmings aside. Cut each piece of dough into thirds – you’ll form nine 3″ x 4″ rectangles.

Beat the additional egg and brush it over the entire surface of the first dough. This will be the “inside” of the tart; the egg is to help glue the lid on. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping a bare 1/2-inch perimeter around it. Place a second rectangle of dough atop the first, using your fingertips to press firmly around the pocket of filling, sealing the dough well on all sides. Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Repeat with remaining tarts.

Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; you want to make sure steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries. Refrigerate the tarts (they don’t need to be covered) for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F.

Charming tip from King Arthur: Sprinkle the dough trimmings with cinnamon-sugar; these have nothing to do with your toaster pastries, but it’s a shame to discard them, and they make a wonderful snack. While the tarts are chilling, bake these trimmings for 13 to 15 minutes, till they’re golden brown.

Bake the tarts: Remove the tarts from the fridge, and bake them for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re a light golden brown. Cool in pan on rack.