THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY REAL CALIFORNIA MILK
We are partnering with the Real California Milk to bring you a super fun Back to School Party idea! We are showing you how to create a DIY Pocket Station where the kids can pick and choose their own flavor combinations to fill their baked dough pocket!
Tip #1: Pre-cut the dough circles so it is easy for the kids to add ingredients to them. Our flavor combination suggestions:
- Cheddar and Apple
- Ricotta, Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes
- Mozzarella and Pepperoni
- Monterey Jack, Broccoli and Ham
Tip #2: Start with a variety of Real California cheese, freshly shredded.
Tip #3: Offer a variety of meats, like mini pepperonis and chopped ham.
Tip #4: Add fruit and veggies like apples, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli and spinach.
Tip #5: Bake all of the filled pockets at once, so you can serve them all at the same time. You can etch the child’s initial in the top dough to mark whose is whose.
Tip #6: Serve baked pockets in cute party cups or on small plates.
Here’s the how-to photos and recipe!
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted Real California butter, diced small and chilled
- 1/2 cup iced water
- Real California Cheddar and Apple
- Real California Ricotta, Spinach and Sundried Tomatoes
- Real California Mozzarella and Pepperoni
- Real California Monterey Jack, Broccoli and Ham
Prepare the crust by combining the flour and salt. Cut the butter into the flour mix until coarse crumbs form. Add water one tablespoon at a time until and mix until a ball of dough forms. Divide the dough in half and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper each. The dough should be approximately 1/4-inch thick. Place in the freezer for a minimum of 30 minutes or until the dough is firm.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Use a 2 1/2-inch cookie cutter to cut circles from the dough.
Fill half the circles with your filling of choice. See filling suggestions for ideas. Top each with a circle of dough and use a fork to seal. Press firmly to ensure a tight seal.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
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