From bakeries to food blogs, this childhood favourite is popping up everywhere. For a tastier twist on the boxed treat, add your own homemade jam.
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling out dough)
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, cubed and set at room temperature
1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cubed
2 tbsp cold water (approx.)
6 tsp of your favourite jam
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk
1-2 tbsp colourful sprinkles
Step 1: Preheat oven to 425°F.
Step 2: For crust, combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add butter and shortening. Mix together until dough is crumbly. Add water, 1 tbsp at a time, until mixture forms a ball.
Step 3: Separate the dough into two equal balls. Roll out each on a lightly floured surface into a 1/8"-thick square, then cut out 3" x 5" rectangles. Collect leftover scraps and roll out again to use up all dough.
Step 4: Place 1 tsp of jam on each rectangle. Fold in half like a sandwich. Using fork tines, crimp and seal edges. Repeat with remaining rectangles and jam. Place sealed pastries on parchment-lined or greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 5: Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Step 6: For glaze, mix the icing sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk in about 1/2 tbsp milk at a time, until glaze is a thick syrupy consistency. Using a spoon, drizzle the icing over the cooled pastry and spread. Decorate with sprinkles while icing is still wet.
Makes 5 to 6 tarts