I wanted to make cherry walnut pop tarts after I recently had one at Paper and Plastic with my friend Zach. These turned out more like a Toaster Strudel (remember those? I use to love them!). I choose the easy way out using things I had in the freezer, like puff pastry and frozen cherries and berries. Next time I plan on really doing the pop tarts…homemade crust and all! These were pretty tasty though!
what you need for the strudel:
1 package of puff pastry
frozen fruit, jam, or fresh fruit…about 2 cups
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
1 egg for egg wash
6 tbsp of powdered sugar
2 tbsp boiling water
rose food coloring
1.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the pastry just a bit and cut each sheet into 6 pieces.
2.For the filling: you can just use jam if you would like, but its more fun to make your own! I had a bag of frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s in the freezer. I placed them in a saucepan, after dethawing, with a 1/2 cup of sugar. Simmer until thick like jam.Let cool and mix in the walnuts.
3. Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Lay out six of the pieces of puff pastry. Spoon the jam on top of the pastry. Don’t spread to the edges. Place the other pieces of pastry on top!
4.Fasten the two pieces together with a fork.
5.Brush with egg wash. Place sheet in oven for about 15-20 minutes, until golden on top!
6.Top with icing if you would like. To make the icing, bowl some water. Add two tablespoons to about 6 tablespoons of powdered sugar and stir. Add food coloring if you desire. Using a spoon drizzle the icing over the pastry!