Saturday, July 25, 2015

Homemade Toaster Pastry

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Weekdays I usually have a simple bowl of cereal, or toast, or if I've got a few extra minutes, a smoothie. So when I saw this recipe for toaster pastries, I had to check it out. Feels like a weekend indulgence on a weekday.

I had some blueberry preserves tthat I used for the filling. Feel free to use your favorite jam flavor. I made the crust with all-purpose flour. Next time I'll mix in some whole wheat. I also added a drizzle of powdered sugar icing.

These are tasty without reheating, but even better crisped in the toaster or toaster oven. Avoid the microwave to prevent a soft moist crust.

Resist the urge to add liquid to the crust. Press to combine. It will come together!

Divide dough in half and press into two 3'x5' rectangles.
Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Roll out hone piece of dough, section into nine equal pieces and brush
with egg wash. Place 1 Tbsp filling in the center of each rectangle.

Roll out second piece of dough and place on top. Seal and crimp. Separate pastries and bake.

Let cool. Add a drizzle of icing, if you prefer.

These are great just out of the oven or toasted the next day.

Flaky layers with a tasty filling.

Toaster Pastries
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
Makes 9 pastries
3/4 cup (8 ounces) jam
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cold water
Place jam in a small saucepan. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Add to jam, stirring to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer, stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into pats
1 large egg
2 Tbsp milk

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp milk
To make the dough: Whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt. Work in the butter until the mixture holds together when you squeeze it, with pea-sized lumps of butter still visible. Mix the egg and milk, and add it to the dough, mixing just until everything is cohesive.
Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a rough 3" x 5" rectangle, smoothing the edges. Wrap in plastic or waxed paper, and refrigerate for 30 minutes; this will relax the gluten and firm up the dough a bit, making it easier to roll. You can also refrigerate the dough for up to 2 days; let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes at room temperature before you roll it out.
To assemble the tarts: Place one piece of the dough on a generously floured work surface, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/8" thick, large enough that you can trim it to an even 9" x 12". Trim off the edges; place the scraps on a baking sheet, and set them aside, along with the 9" x 12" rectangle of dough.
Roll the second piece of dough just as you did the first. Press the edge of a ruler into the dough you've just rolled, to gently score it in thirds lengthwise and width-wise; you'll see nine 3" x 4" rectangles.
Beat the egg, and brush it over the entire surface of the dough. Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each marked rectangle. Place the second sheet of dough atop the first, using your fingertips press firmly around each pocket of jam, sealing the dough well on all sides.
Press the tines of a fork all around the edge of the rectangle. Cut the dough evenly in between the filling mounds to make nine tarts. Press the cut edges with your fingers to seal, then press with a fork to seal again.
Gently place the tarts on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Prick the top of each tart multiple times with a fork; you want to make sure steam can escape, or the tarts will become billowy pillows rather than flat toaster pastries.  Refrigerate, uncovered, for 30 minutes, while you preheat your oven to 350°F.
Remove tarts from the fridge, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until they're a light golden brown. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool on the pan. Drizzle with glaze.
Glaze: Combine powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cooled pastries.


  1. Will have to try these. Looks easy enough.

  2. So easy, breezy. I'm considering different swappable fillings — like fresh fruits. Can. Not. Wait.

    Thank you, for sharing.

    Stay tuned into The Light.


  3. So easy, breezy. I'm considering different swappable fillings — like fresh fruits. Can. Not. Wait.

    Thank you, for sharing.

    Stay tuned into The Light.


  4. Sounds delish! Let me know how fresh fruit works! I might try lemon curd?