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One of my favorite childhood breakfasts was Pop Tarts. I just love something grab-and-go in the mornings, especially because I’m a reluctant breakfast-eater. I know the importance of it now, but it’s taken me years to even be that excited about breakfast. Toaster Pastries just have that awesome feeling that transports you back to childhood, and there’s something nostalgic about biting into a toaster pastry in your favorite flavor. But you can actually make a homemade toaster pastry (or semi-homemade toaster pastry) that is so easy and so delicious, you may think twice about buying the store-bought ones.
To start your homemade toaster pastry, use either your favorite pie crust recipe or grab your favorite store-bought crust. Either one will work, and I usually just go with whichever one I have time for at the moment. Roll it out, and then cut each crust into 6 equal rectangles. Re-roll the scraps you’ve cut off to create a couple more pastries. I usually get 8 toaster pastries from 2 pie crusts or a double-crust recipe.
Next, add some filling. I’ve included a few of my favorite recipes below, but really, any flavor you love of Pop Tarts, you can re-create at home. Get creative! For fruit flavored toaster pastries, you’ll want to use a ½ tablespoon of jam, jelly, or preserves on each pastry, plus diced fruit (2 peach slices, 3 strawberries, and 6-7 blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries will fit on a crust. Mix and match for new flavors!). Remember to only put filling on half of the crusts– save the other half to be the top crust.
Place the top crust on each pastry, sealing the edges by pressing them together firmly with your fingers, then finishing off with fork tines. Alternately, you can get a hand pie mold on Amazon that makes life a little bit easier when sealing off these pastries!
Place all of these items on a greased baking sheet, then bake at 425 degrees for 11 minutes or until the toaster pastries are golden brown.
While the homemade toaster pastries bake, you can make a really simple glaze using powdered sugar and a little bit of milk. Simply combine the two until you have a thin glaze, and brush it on your toaster pastries. Sprinkle with sprinkles or sanding sugar before the glaze dries if you’d like. I like to use sprinkles that are similar to whatever flavor is inside– for example, red for strawberry, and blue for blueberry.
These delicious pastries are so simple to make, and they taste amazing, so they’re the perfect breakfast food to make and to share. Plus, the nostalgia factor can’t be beat. The best part? That ultra-flaky crust takes them to the next level.
Homemade Toaster Pastry Filling Ideas
The filling is the fun part because you can get creative by mixing all kinds of sweet flavors together, but if you need a few ideas getting started, you’ll love these. Each filling idea is listed per pastry, so if you’re filling them all the same way, be sure to multiply the quantity you’ll need by the number of pastries you’re filling.
½ tablespoon Strawberry Jelly or Jam
2-3 strawberries, diced
½ tablespoon strawberry, raspberry, or blueberry jelly or jam
1 strawberry, diced
2 each of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries, diced
½ tablespoon peach jelly or jam
2 peach slices, diced
Light sprinkle of sugar
½ tablespoon peach jelly or jam
1 peach slice, diced
2-3 cherries, diced
Brown Sugar Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
½ Tablespoon butter, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Homemade Toaster Pastries Recipe
- 2 pie crusts (homemade or store bought)
- Jam or Jelly for fruit-flavored toaster pastries
- Fresh or frozen fruit for fruit-flavored toaster pastries
- Brown Sugar, Butter, and Cinnamon for brown sugar flavored toaster pastries
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- Sprinkles, if desired
- Cut pie crusts into 16 equally-sized rectangles.
- Fill 8 rectangles with filling (approximately ½ tablespoon jam and pieces of fresh fruit for fruit-flavored pastries, 1 Tablespoon brown sugar plus 1 Tablespoon butter and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for brown sugar cinnamon pastries).
- Top each filled crust with a regular crust, sealing sides well.
- Bake at 425 for 10-11 minutes, until pastries are golden brown.
- Mix powdered sugar with milk, adding milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Glaze toaster pastries and top with sprinkles.
- Let cool 5-10 minutes before eating.
- Caution: Filling may be hot after baking.
What breakfast reminds you of childhood?
Let me know in the comments below! For me, it is definitely either Pop Tarts or oatmeal with chocolate chips stirred in!
Helpful Tools for Making Homemade Toaster Pastries
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Pastry Mold/Hand Pie Mold
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