" Net, The" Those Annoying Pop Ups

As opposed to the kind you find on your computer, these pop ups are flaky and delicious!

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 4 tablespoons chilled vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Plenty of different fillings, i.e. jam, chocolate, pesto, tapenade, cheese...use your imagination
  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • spam...to taste

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, butter, shortening, salt and sugar with a pastry blender or 2 knives until most of the lumps are no larger than small peas and the mixture has the consistency of course corn meal.

  2. Dump the mixture onto a clean work surface and flatten it out quickly with a rolling pin. Scrape together, return to the bowl; cover with plastic and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Add the sour cream to the cold mixture and using a rubber spatula, fold together until the sour cream is evenly distributed and the dough holds together. Shape into a disc, wrap with plastic refrigerate at least 20 minutes.

  3. Divide dough into fourths, refrigerating portions not being worked with. Roll out the first 1/4 of dough to the thickness of a quarter. Cut into 4x6" rectangles using a sharp knife.

  4. Spread on 1 tbsp. of filling on half of the rectangles, leaving a half-inch border around the edges. Use a fork to poke holes in the remaining rectangles and place these on top of the filled ones. Crimp edges gently with your fingers and trim.

  5. Bake at 350F. for 10-12 minutes or until the pie dough is lightly browned.

  6. Combine the sugar, vanilla and milk and stir together to make a smooth glaze. Brush the glaze on pop ups.

  7. Hook your toaster up to the computer and relax. The next time you experience a pop-up, it will be crisp, warm and filled with something tasty.

Makes one dozen



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