Cook Time: 30 minutes Difficulty: Easy
I love aha moments, don't you? Take for example toaster strudels, who would have thought these delectable treats could be homemade? I was shocked! I normally provide healthy homemade options for our children for breakfast and snacks, but occasionally I have been known to buy the packaged toaster strudels so our children would not feel deprived. I would hate to be blamed later in life for ruining their lives because they never had toaster strudels, I just couldn't live with myself;)
My aha moment came one morning while I was enjoying my coffee in peace and researching uses for leftover cherry butter (cherries cooked down to a butter-like consistency). If you have been following our blog, you'll know I hate to waste food, I love transforming leftovers into new culinary masterpieces, and I love making things homemade (or semi-homemade).
Making homemade toaster strudels had never occurred to me until I stumbled upon a picture on the internet, homemade toaster strudels made from preserves and phyllo dough. Aha!!! Except...I didn't have preserves...or phyllo dough...bummer! However, I did have Cherchies Cherry Butter and a can of Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough in our refrigerator! Could it be true? Well, it was worth a shot.
Luckily my tasty homemade (or semi-homemade) experiment was a success. These delicious flaky pastries, oozing with fruity goodness, won the approval of our children, and in fact, my version was preferred over the store-bought version. Whew! What a relief, now I won't be blamed for my children being deprived of never having toaster strudels, let alone homemade toaster strudels.
Here's how they're made. Enjoy!
2 packages reduced fat canned crescent rolls (seamless worked great)
8 Tablespoons (Tbsp) Cherchies® Apple Butter, Cherchies® Cherry Butter, or Cherchies® Strawberry Butter Spreads (or one of each:) (You could also substitute Cherchies® Blackberry Preserves,or Cherchies® Apricot Pineapple Preserves mixed with 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon (tsp) vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dust the parchment paper with a tiny bit of flour (1 Tbsp?). Roll out the packaged crescent dough on the parchment paper, and press the seams of the two crescent rolls together. With a pizza cutter or knife, cut four even vertical sections of the dough.
Next, cut the dough in the other direction as pictured below.
Using your finger (you could use a pastry brush, but why? It's fun to play with your food), dip your finger into the egg and coat the perimeter of the pastry with the egg. Continue this process for the rest of the pastries.
Take the other half of the pastry and gently place it over the filling half. Use a fork to seal the edges of the pastry.
Brush egg onto sealed pastries. and prick each pastry a couple of times with a fork. This will allow some of the steam to escape during cooking. Bake for about 25 minutes or until pastries are golden brown. While toaster strudels are baking, make the icing.
Using a small bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Fill icing into a small re-closable plastic bag and snip off the corner of the bag. This will become your disposable icing bag. Remove pastries from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Drizzle the pastries with the icing.
Sweet, fruity, delicious, homemade toaster strudels! Perfecto! Enjoy!