Wednesday, September 28

Strawberry Toaster Pastries

My girlfriend works for Williams-Sonoma, so she's always filling me in on their best new products. For my birthday (see recaps here, here, and here), she sent me this press and some great jam to make homemade toaster strudels. I used to love eating the store-bought version as a kid, but these homemade ones are so much better. You could make the dough by hand, but using a food processor makes these pastries come together in no time. I made a pretty basic kind since I wanted to showcase the amazing strawberry jam she gave me, but I can't wait to try out some unique flavor combinations next time.

Strawberry Toaster Pastries:
  • In a food processor, combine 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp. white sugar, and 1 tsp. salt.
  • Add in 2 sticks of cold, diced butter* and pulse until the butter is broken into pea-size pieces.
  • Stream in 3/4 c. of ice-cold water until the dough forms a ball.**
  • Cut the dough in half, then flatten each half into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.***
  • Rolled each piece of dough out on a floured surface until 1/8" thick and use the cutter to cut out the bottom of each toaster pastry.
  • Place the cut-outs on a lined baking sheet and spread 1 tbsp. of jam in the center of each, leaving a border.
  • Brush a little bit of a beaten egg on the border of each pastry, then lay another pastry cut-out on top and use the toaster press to seal the pastry.****
  • Bake the pastries in a 350°F oven for 20-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • To make the frosting, combine 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar with 2-3 tbsp. milk. Drizzle frosting over cooled pastries.
  • Let frosting harden completely, then serve.

Makes five - six pastries
*Make sure your ingredients are very cold, as it will ensure a flaky pastry.
**If it's still crumbly, add in another 2-3 tbsp. of ice water.
***Or place in the freezer for 30 minutes.
****I crimped the edges again with a fork to seal the pastry together.