Thursday, January 26, 2012

Homemade Gluten Free Toaster Strudel

For the Puff Pastry Recipe, please see the prior post that has the recipe and process on how to make gluten free Puff Pastry.
Last week I asked my readers if they were not gluten intolerant or Celiac, what would they eat. A vast majority said pastry. It got me thinking, and searching. I have not found a good recipe that is gluten free. Before I get hate mail. I am sure there is some. I just couldn't find one. I remembered my childhood and going to one of my friends houses and her mom would give me toaster strudels. Bingo. That is what I am doing here. It was worth it. SOOOOO worth it. I really look forward to hearing from you all on how yours turned out. I am going to be making these anytime I want to be "bad". 

Homemade Toaster Strudel
adapted from Baking Bites
1/2 cup jam (any flavor)
2 tsp cornstarch 

Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
Roll out puff pastry on a very lightly floured surface until it is thin.

Use a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife to cut the pastry in half lengthwise, then divide those two pieces into fourths, creating 8 rectangles of dough. 
In a small bowl, whisk together jam and cornstarch. 
Spread 3 tsp of jam in half of each rectangle, making sure to leave about 1/4 inch gap around the edges, then fold it over to create a jam-filled pocket. Seal the pastry by cutting about 1/8-inch of excess pastry with a knife.


Place pastries on prepared baking sheet.
Using a fork press the edges with the fingers of the fork to ensure the pastry is sealed. Some of mine leaked and I will take more care next time to make sure it is sealed properly. 

Brush them lightly with melted butter.
Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. 

If serving immediately Top with vanilla glaze (recipe below) before serving.
Cool completely on a wire rack before freezing. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight bag and store together until ready to heat and serve.
To reheat, place pastries on a baking sheet in a preheated 400F oven for 4 minutes, or until hot.
Makes 8 pastries. 

Vanilla Glaze 
1/3 cup confectioners sugar 
1 tbsp cream/half n’ half 
1/4 tsp vanilla extract 

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth and thick. If necessary, add a few more drops of cream until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle over hot toaster pastries. 
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