I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!
These literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!
You can use any filling you like. I used a no sugar added cherry pie filling. I also filled a few with just chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless, and we had fun coming up with different flavors and combinations.
- 1 box of Puff Pastry (from freezer section, thawed according to instructions)
- 1 can of pie filling
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 Tablespoons cream cheese (optional)
- enough milk to achieve desired consistency
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place the thawed pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface.
- Cut into equal size rectangles (whatever size you would like)
- Place half the pastry pieces on a large baking sheet.
- Add pie filling to rectangles, leaving 1/2 inch space around the sides.*
- Cover pie filling with remaining pastry pieces.
- Seal edges by gently pressing with a fork.
- Brush tops with beaten egg.
- Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Let cool slightly and add glaze if desired.
- *The amount of pie filling will vary depending on size rectangles you have. I used about a 1/4 cup for approximate 5 x 3 inch pastries.
- Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and cream cheese (if using) in a small bowl. Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Start with just a teaspoon or two and go from there. You can always add more sugar if it gets too thin too.
Be careful, the filling is hot! If using the canned pie filling, you will have some leftover. I stored mine in a glass jar in the fridge to use in other recipes, like this Skinny Cream Cheese Cherry Stuffed French Toast.
What’s your favorite store bought thing to make at home?
Contributing writer, Kim M., is a married mother of 3; ages 13, 11, and 5, living in NC. She is the author of Makin’ it Mo’Betta where she blogs about food, family and and their adventures in the kitchen.