This cherry toaster strudel is a grown-up version of your childhood favorite. Big juicy cherries tucked inside flaky puff pastry and drizzled with the icing we all love!
Y'all are for real going to love this! This grown-up version of a Cherry Toaster Strudel is seriously so stinking good and ridiculously easy to make!
I came up with the recipe on a total whim. We were having my family over for dinner and I had zero inspo for a dessert (which is actually quite shocking since I like to bake so much). I didn't want anything heavy. I knew I had a random puff pastry sheet leftover in the freezer and I had seen a cherry dessert on Insta that looked good and was on my mind. Somehow this toaster strudel situation was born and I am not mad about it. ?
When my brother ate it he said "this tastes like a grown-up toaster strudel!" I had no name for it then so I knew immediately that was going to stick because he is 100% right.
It truly tastes and feels like a grown-up version of your 90's childhood special breakfast treat. We wouldn't get toaster strudels often but when we did! Oh boy! It was the best!
Anyone remember the true torture of having to wait for them to cool off after you toasted them because they were blazing hot, but you couldn't and took a bite anyway immediately giving you a second-degree burn on your lip from the lava hot jam inside. No? Just me?
While you could totally serve this at brunch, I have made it probably 6 times this summer as a dessert. It is quick and easy to make, only 5 ingredients, and can be made ahead if needed. Let's do this!
- 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farms frozen puff pastry
- 1 can of cherry pie filling (more fruit filling is the best)
- 1 egg
What is Toaster Strudel Icing Made Of?
I am going, to be honest with you. None of us realllllly wants to know what is in the actual toaster strudel icing. 50% sugar 50% chemicals would be my guess lol.
But this icing is simple and easy. No guessing the name of ingredients here. It is just
- powdered sugar
- lemon juice and zest
How to Make Cherry Toaster Strudel
- Puff pastry prep - you need to thaw out your frozen puff pastry sheets. I always like to use the Pepperfridge Farm kind that is found in the freezer dessert section. It's best if you place a sheet in the fridge for 24 hours to thaw, but you are doing it last minute, you can place it on the counter for 30 minutes. You need it to be pliable to roll out but not thawed out to be the point you can't handle it/move it/the butter has melted inside.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Once you puff pastry is thawed, sprinkle your counter with some flour and roll out to a 12"x16" rectangle roughly. It will be the same shape and dimensions as the original size but just larger.
- The sheet comes folded in thirds. as you roll it out, you will be able to still see those fold lines. Keep these fold lines long ways (16") and use them as a guide to making out braid slices. Move the puff pastry to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
- Using a sharp knife, cut a strip out a ½" wide and all the way into the fold line (see pictures and video below). You will get about 15 strips all the way down. Repeat on the other side.
- Once you have cut the strips, spoon out the cherry pie filling down the middle on the puff pastry.
- To begin the braid, start at the top of the puff pastry and take one strip from the right side and pull it over to the left at a slight angle. Take the top strip from the left side and wrap it over to the right, overlapping the first slightly. Repeat all the way down the pastry forming an overlapping braid. (see video)
- Beat an egg with a splash of water in a bowl and whisk together. Using a pastry brush, brush the egg wash over the braided puff pastry and place in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown on top and the bottom is cooked fully.
- When finished, remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes until drizzling with icing and serving.
- While the toaster strudel is baking, in a small bowl combine 1 cup of powdered sugar, the zest of ½ lemon, and the juice of ½ the lemon. Whisk until smooth with no lumps remaining.
- Once the grown-up cherry toaster strudel has cooled after baking for 10 minutes, drizzle the lemon icing oven top with a spoon.
PRO TIP: if you want a thicker icing or your icing is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If yours is giving is too thick, add a splash of more lemon juice. it doesn't take much liquid to make.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are 2 ways to thaw puff pastry. 1 fast 1 slow.
If you can, place it in the fridge for 24 hours to thaw.
Or if you are thawing last minute or right before, you can place it on the counter for 30 minutes. You need it to be pliable to roll out but not thawed out to be the point you can't handle it/move it/the butter has melted inside.
Yes it can. You can eat this hot or at room temp (cold leftovers are even delicious too!
I think this is best eaten hot and fresh right out of the oven. But I have also made this and taken it to a friend's house for a dinner party where it was eaten 5ish hours post-baking at room temp and it was still insanely delicious.
You can store any leftovers wrapped airtight in the fridge for 3-4 days. Enjoy cold or pop in the microwave for 10 seconds to warm up.
I am going to say cherry is definitely the best flavor, but if you're wanting to switch it up, you could use any other pie filling instead. Apple or blueberry would be great!
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