If you’re like me, you get nostalgic about your food. If you are me, it’s breakfast food specifically. Like anyone who subconsciously memorizes the little things, the smell of a relative’s basement, which light switch controls the lights as opposed to the ceiling fan, and how you hold a doorknob in place just the right way to open your bedroom door, (to name a few), there are sentimentally valuable aspects to what you ate as a kid when you revisit them as a slightly older kid. For example, I’m occasionally ridiculed for prioritizing Lucky Charms as my snack of choice. However, it isn’t just the emotionally and physically drained feeling that comes with a bowl of sugar cereal that I love, it’s the fact that it tastes like those times I was successful enough to be granted permission to eat charms for breakfast. Pop-Tarts are another example, but these are on a whole different playing field. There’s nothing that comes close to the integrity of an original frosted strawberry Pop-Tart, but these blackberry ones are the ones you want to eat.
Make the Pop-Tarts
- 12 oz blackberries
- 1 tbsp. lemon zest
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tbsp. water
- 2 9-inch pie crusts (store-bought or homemade)
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3-4 tbsp. milk or water
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp. juice from the blackberry jam
- Preheat the oven to 425 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small saucepan, heat the blackberries, zest, sugar, and water over low heat. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and crushing the berries with a wooden spoon, until the jam is thick and syrupy.
- To make the glaze, stir together the powdered sugar, milk, zest, and blackberry juice. If the glaze isn’t thin enough, add another teaspoon of milk.
- Roll out the pie crust and cut 5 x 4 inch rectangles with a pizza cutter. To make each shape uniform, first cut out a rectangle of cardboard and use it as a stencil for the other crusts.
- Spoon a few tablespoons of the blackberry jam onto the middle of a rectangle. Brush the borders of the pop-tart with egg wash (egg yolk + 1 tsp water), cover the rectangle with another section of crust, and crimp the edges with a fork or your fingers. Brush the pop-tarts with more egg wash.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pop-tarts are golden brown. Once they’re cool, frost them with the lemon-blackberry glaze.
In this world– in these trying times– only a few things surpass the satisfaction of Lucky Charms with cold milk.* The unmistakable faulty blue tint of the milk once you’ve finished the marshmallows and dry cat food always evokes nostalgia, mostly because sugary cereal still tastes like rebellion. The milk, once again, full of sin when the charms are finally gone, is arguably the best part of the entire process.
For these milkshakes, the inspiration is the color, flavor, and ultimate fulfillment that Lucky Charms cereal imparts on whole milk. Don’t even bother if you’re too scared to buy whole milk. I’ll bully you if you use 1%.
*There are only a few things I dislike more than the feeling about an hour after eating Lucky Charms in the middle of the day.
Make the Lucky Shakes
For the marshmallow fluff (optional):
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 tsp light corn syrup
- 1 tsp water
- drop of green food dye (optional)
- Stir everything together and microwave in 10 seconds intervals, mixing in between.
- Stir until smooth and set aside.
For the shakes (serves 2)
- 5 big scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 2 cups of Lucky Charms
- Whipped cream (optional)
- In a large bowl, steep the cereal in the milk. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 30-45 minutes. Strain the lucky milk into another bowl.
- In a blender (I use a Kitchen Aid for thicker shakes), blend the ice cream, adding the lucky milk gradually until you reach a desired consistency. If you use a standing mixer, stir the milk and ice cream on low until you get a thick consistency.
- Garnish with Lucky Charms marshmallows, green marshmallow fluff, and whipped cream.
Happy New Year! Here’s a fun DIY to either give as gifts or keep for yourself: 2015 Happy Jars. The idea is that, throughout the new year, whenever something good/exciting/happy happens, you write it down and put it in the jar. Then, on December 31st 2015, you open the jar and read all the great things that happened the past year. I think I originally found this idea on tumblr, but I added a few things to make it giftable. For example, using a hair tie as a makeshift pen-holder, and hot gluing post its to the lid so it’s easy to jot a quick note. In addition, I added some printables for the labels and Happy Jar Rules:)
- Glass jars
- Ponytail holders (hair ties)
- Hot glue gun
- Mini post-it notes
To make the pen holder: snip a hair tie in half and hot glue both ends to the jar.
To make the notes: hot glue the post it notes to the lid.
Click here for the Happy Jar Printable Labels!
Have a great New Year’s Eve and I can’t wait for another year of RDD!