I really can’t and don’t want to call these poptarts as they come out looking more like the toaster strudel that my mom used to buy for my sister and I when we were young. Their texture is light and fluffy as well. Nonetheless, this is a fun family morning project where all can be involved. Store bought puff pastry is just as good as homemade so I don’t even try to make my own. The fillings can be made of jams, chocolate, fruits, and any combination as well. Let the kids choose the fillings and the fun begins.
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
blueberry jam, nutella, apricot preserves, peanut butter, or any other filling (about a cup total in quantity)
1 egg for egg wash
1 tbs water
1 c sifted powdered sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Beat the egg and tablespoon of water in a small bowl.
When the pastry has thawed, unfold it on a floured surface. With a rolling-pin, roll the dough out to about an 1/8th inch thick. If any crack or tear occurs, use a drop or two of water and pinch the tear back together and roll out to smooth the surface. Cut the dough into six rectangles (eight squares if you prefer to make mini toaster strudel). Repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry.
With a pastry brush, brush the egg wash on the edges of 6 (8) of the pastry rectangles. Spoon 2 or 3 spoonfuls of the filling on the dough with the egg wash (the bottoms). Place the remaining pieces (the tops) onto the bottom ones. Press slightly on the middle to spread out the filling a bit. You still want about 1/2 inch to remain without the filling. Press the sides together and crimp with a fork. Using the same fork, pierce the dough in the center about 6 times for ventilation. Carefully transfer the pastries to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Set in the fridge or outside (it was 20 degrees this morning, so our back door seemed most appropriate) for 20 or 30 minutes so the dough can harden again.
Place the pastries in the pre-heated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until nice and golden brown. Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar and lemon juice to make the glaze and set aside. Remove the pastries from the oven and let cool for a minutes. Brush the glaze on the tops and serve immediately.