Let’s face it, eating a home made toaster pastry, aka Pop-Tarts®, is like eating a little piece of pie for breakfast. We say to ourselves, this is like eating toast with jam. Only Better! Pie is probably my favorite sweet item to eat.
Pop-Tarts® were always one of those things that I would impulsively buy at the grocery store so I could have them for breakfast. I have a few of those junk food items I bought like that. Then they came out with the Pillsbury® Toaster Strudel® in the frozen section and I liked those even better. I used to buy quite a few of these.
My daughter liked them just as much as I did and they were easy to make for breakfast. Now my grandchildren come and stay with me and they love the home made fruit filled pastries hot out of the oven in the morning.
Now, I know that processed food of any kind is a trigger for my migraines and I can’t have anything artificial. So I’ve had to change those impulse buys. But I still crave these breakfast treats. I walk past them in the grocery store and have the urge to put them in my cart.
So, along with what seems like everyone else in the baking world I’ve been trying to perfect them. I’ve failed at baking them ahead of time and popping in the toaster to heat up in the morning. I use a toaster oven so getting them in and out of the slot isn’t the problem. They just don’t come out with a crisp crust. It’s soggy.
My latest attempt is to make a quick puff pastry dough and fill it with my home made pie filling. No Shortcuts in any of the ingredients. I assemble them and freeze them and them put them in my toaster oven when I want them in the morning. Mmmm! Pie for breakfast!
I’ll do a step-by-step and some favorite fillings to add to my recipe collection. If you make home made jam or have a good place to buy it you can fill them with that. You can always mix brown sugar and cinnamon with a little butter and pile that inside. Use a Quick Puff Pastry or a Pie Pastry, brush the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles. Poke some holes in the top for the air to escape. Bake them at 375°F/190°C/Gas Mark 5 for 15 minutes or until bubbly and brown.