Revamping Toaster Strudels

Delicious pastry strudels made from scratch!

Thanks for being patient with me and my lack of posts as of late. I had a lot of momentum going and then life happened. Does anyone else have some life happening currently? If you don’t, I’m certainly happy to share because I have more than enough to go around!

Anyways, back to the reason you’re actually here: food.

If you follow me on Instagram, I’ve been teasing you with photos of these strudels for a while now. To my delight Sadly enough for me, I had to make several batches to trouble shoot a few things, but I think I’ve got it right now. So get ready for some deliciousness.

Blueberry Orange filling for Strudels

I was pretty young when I realized that Pop Tart filling made my mouth hurt. Anyone else notice that? The strong flavors and gratuitous amounts of sugar seemed to burn even more if I heated the Pop Tarts before devouring them. I managed to bypass this in high school and college by buying the un-frosted Strawberry Pop Tarts and slathering them with peanut butter for hearty snacks – don’t knock it until you try it!

On the rare occasion that my family bought Toaster Strudels, I found that their filling had a similar effect on my mouth. However, unlike Pop Tarts, the flaky pastry and doodle-inspiring icing packet made it worth the pain. It seems my love for flaky pastries has been around longer than I knew.

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So when I discovered that making pastry dough isn’t as difficult as I thought, I began to explore all the ways I could use it. The idea of Toaster Strudels crossed my mind so I thought I would give it a shot.

Making the dough, as I mentioned before, was relatively simple (if you haven’t already seen my post about that, you can find it here). Once you make the necessary amount and pop it in the fridge to chill, you can get started on your filling. And as it is with its commercial counterpart, the flavors are endless… raspberry, cherry, apple pie, strawberry basil, peach… need I go on? For my first batch, I decided on a nice blend of citrus and fresh blueberries.

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The method to make the filling would be about the same regardless of the fruit contents with the exception of decreasing the honey if you choose a sweeter fruit like apples or peaches. After washing your fruit thoroughly, add it into a small sauce pan with the honey, salt, and any other flavors you might be adding. Allow it to come to a low boil/simmer for 5-7 minutes – or until your fruit is nice and soft and the juices have been drawn out. Add in the corn starch mixture, stir well and allow it to come back to a boil. Once it’s boiling, remove it from the heat and mix in any extracts you may be adding. Allow the filling to cool completely prior to use in the strudels – you can prepare it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for several days.

Homemade Escapades' recipe for blueberry pastry strudels

The biggest rule you have to follow during the assembly of these delicious breakfast treats is to work quickly so that your dough stays cool. Don’t take your dough out of the fridge until you’re actually ready to roll it out and prepare the strudels as this will change the consistency of the dough. Don’t try to over fill your strudels! One – two tablespoons of filling is plenty. If, for any reason, your filling turns out a little runnier (like mine did in the photo above on attempt #2), try to drain out some of the liquid before dumping it onto your dough – this helps reduce discoloration and oozing edges.

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That’s most of the advice I have for you before you try these on your own. I can’t wait to hear about all your flavor ideas and delicious successes! As always, happy escapades 🙂

Blueberry Orange Pastry Strudels
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Servings Prep Time
3 strudels 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 strudels 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2 hours
Blueberry Orange Pastry Strudels
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
3 strudels 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 strudels 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: strudels
Instructions
Filling Prep
  1. Combine blueberries, honey, and orange juice in small sauce pan over medium heat and allow to cook at a low simmer for about 5 minutes.
  2. While the berries are shimmering happily, mix the cornstarch and water together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Once the berries have softened and released their juices, add in the cornstarch mixture and mix well. Allow the berry mixture to return to a boil and then remove from heat.
  4. Add in the orange extract to the mixture and allow it to cool completely - about two hours.
Strudel Assembly
  1. Whisk together an egg wash and set aside.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your pastry dough until it's a little over 1/4" thick - be careful not to roll it too thin. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into six (slightly) uniform pieces.
  3. Place three pieces on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, allowing for at least 1" of space around the strudels. Brush the egg wash lightly over the edges of the dough. Top each piece with 1-2 tablespoons of the blueberry filling - keeping the filling as close to the center as possible.
  4. Place the remaining rectangles carefully over the filling, creating a sandwich of sorts. You should now have three open-sided strudels. Use a fork to crimp the edges together. Brush the tops with the egg wash, cover, and return to the fridge to chill for at least 20 minutes. These can remain in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
Baking the Strudels
  1. When you're ready to bake your strudels, preheat the oven to 375(f). With a sharp knife, cut a few small vents in the top of the strudels and sprinkle with course sugar just before baking.
  2. Place baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes (or until golden brown). Turn the pan once halfway through baking. Enjoy once cooled!
Recipe Notes

You can find my recipe for Easy Peasy Puff Pastry here.

If you plan to freeze and reheat these for another time, allow to cool completely and then wrap them in saran wrap and seal in a freezer bag. To prepare, unwrap the strudel and put in a toaster oven for 8 minutes on 350º, flipping once.

 

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