I say this is my first attempt because, while these were amazingly tasty, they were not what I want them to be. Here are the things I will change the next time, just to start:
- The dough. I used a traditional pie dough (spiced up a bit), and while it was delicious, it was also very flaky. It was not like the cookie-ish crust that is on a normal pop tart. Next time, I will try my regular tart dough, as it is more like a cookie.
- More filling! You can kind of see in the photo that there isn't a lot of filling. I think I was worried that it would make the pastries explode during baking, so I didn't use more than about a tablespoon on each one. Definitely not enough.
- Less glaze! The glaze was really tasty, but I put it on too think, and it never got hard like it's supposed to.
And, I have a couple of notes about this recipe.
- I used my favorite pie dough. You can use whichever one you like best. However, if you are looking for a good all-purpose pie dough (except for this purpose, obviously), this is a great one.
- I went simple for the filling. I just used the recipe on the back of the can of pumpkin puree. I thought it was just fine.
- Poke more holes in the tops than you think you will need. The filling is really moist, so a lot of steam is going to be looking to escape. If you don't poke a lot of holes, they will get really puffy and look weird.
- I am OBSESSED with pumpkin pie spice. I have it in my cabinet all year round. I used a lot of it in this recipe. You don't have to use as much as I do.