Toaster strudels and Poptarts were a staple in our home as I was growing up.
I decided I wanted to recreate a home made version to enjoy with my family using as minimal ingredients as possible.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am stickler when it comes to reading food labels. I believe that food should taste good and be good for you including the days when you enjoy a scrumptious dessert. The way I look at it is like this, the less ingredients the better! Can we just take a second and look over the ingredients used in a traditional Toaster Strudel? I don’t know about you but I’m not sure I want all these chemicals and preservatives in my body!! It’s bad enough we are absolutely bombarded by the chemicals in our water and the air we breathe; we don’t need it from our food supply as well. Just the idea of it makes me a little sick.
Now, I am not claiming that my “Toaster Strudels” are better for you. But what I can tell you is that mine use a hell of a lot less ingredients, all of which can be pronounced easily. I made these for my Husband who upon trying them boldly stated that they “taste legit, babe!”.
I know I promised you 5 ingredients but keep in mind that adding glaze is optional and would require a few more ingredients. Also, I have not counted the ice water or salt as ingredients. So really, all you need is:
- Baking powder
- Cane sugar
Now you can absolutely sub gluten free flour for this although I am not quite sure how well the consistency would hold together. Also, you technically could use vegan butter for this mixture as well! I didn’t have any on hand but probably would have used it if I did. Always make sure that your berries are organic
Now I have to admit that this was my first time ever “cutting butter” into my flour. Apparently, this method is what gives certain crusts that light, flaky texture. If you’re just as confused as I was when I first heard about the technique, do not fret. I found you an easy-to-follow video to help! just click HERE.
The berry compote that I made was super easy. I like to buy the big bags of frozen berries from Costco since I tend to use a lot of them in my smoothies or various dessert recipes. What’s wonderful about the frozen variety is that they are frozen at the peak of freshness. This ensures that vital nutrients are preserved! These days, you can’t really even get through one package of strawberries or Raspberries in time before they start going bad. To solve this dilemma, I highly recommend buying most of your fruit, especially berries, frozen.
As you can see from the above pictures, I rolled out the dough mixture and cut it into squares. I just used a pizza cutter for this because it was easier to get the perfect cut. Then, I scooped some of my berry mixture into each one and covered with another square and pressed the sides together using a fork. I highly recommend using a wet fork when doing this so that it doesn’t get suck to the dough.
For the frosting, I simply mixed some powdered sugar with coconut oil and vanilla. I added a couple of splashes of almond milk to make it into a more looser consistency. Then, I simply added it to a small sliding lunch bag, cut a small end at the bottom, and drizzled it on top.
These taste SO good when they first get out of the oven! I’m not really a dairy milk drinker so I had mine with a tall glass of almond milk but I bet these would taste super good with some tea as well!
If you try these, let me know how you like them! Enjoy 🙂