Apr 12

Homemade Nutella Toaster Pastries

Homemade Toaster Pastries

If there are two things that my 6 year old loves, it's Pop-Tarts and Nutella. She's super picky when it comes to food and super tiny, but I have absolutely no doubt that if Kellogg's were to ever start producing Nutella Pop-Tarts, she'd inhale an entire box in one sitting.


But alas, there is no such delicacy available right now... And so I was inspired to try making our own toaster pastries filled with ooey, gooey Nutella!

Pastry Dough

While you could certainly use a store bought refrigerated dough like I used with my cherry hand pies, I opted to make my own pastry dough this time around.

After reading that adding apple cider vinegar to your dough results in a flakier crust (apparently it prevents the formation of gluten), I decided to add two teaspoons of it to my favorite recipe. Result? It totally worked! The pastry crust was sooooo light and tender -- totally worth the extra effort to make it by hand.

Be sure to let the dough chill for at least two hours before rolling it out. This allows the dough to relax, and it will roll out far easier when it's cold. And don't be afraid to use plenty of dough for rolling it out. You don't want all of your hard work stuck to the countertop!

Nutella Pop-Tarts

Don't worry about being too precise when cutting out the rectangles for your toaster pastries. I think the irregular, rustic look just adds to their charm.

Homemade Pop-Tarts

After cutting, filling, and sealing the toaster pastries, the final step before baking is to give them a quick brush with an egg wash. This adds a bit of sheen to the final product and gives them that lovely toasty brown color.

You could also give them a sprinkling of coarse sugar at this point, or give them a dusting of confectioners' sugar after they've baked and cooled a bit. I opted to just leave them simple and plain though.

Toaster Pastries

Although I really can't imagine it, if you don't like Nutella, you can easily swap in your favorite preserves instead!

Homemade Nutella Toaster Pastries

Yield: 8 toaster pastries

Homemade Nutella Toaster Pastries

Ingredients:

    For the dough
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold butter
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • For the toaster pastries
  • Nutella
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions:

    For the dough
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Cut in very cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Mix together 6 tablespoons of ice cold water and 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar. Sprinkle over the flour mixture in 1 tablespoon increments, fluffing with a fork between applications until the pastry is moist enough to hold together. You may add up to 2 more tablespoons of plain ice cold water if 6 is not enough.
  4. Divide the dough in half and form each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least two hours.
  5. For the toaster pastries
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Roll one disk of cold dough out and cut into 8 rectangles.
  8. Lay the rectangles out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top each rectangle with approximately 1 tablespoon of Nutella.
  9. Roll out the second disk of cold dough out and again cut into 8 rectangles.
  10. Lay one rectangle on top of each Nutella-covered rectangle and seal the edges by pressing them down with the tines of a fork. Prick the top of each pastry with the fork 4-5 times.
  11. Whisk together one egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash over the top of each pastry.
  12. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

http://unsophisticook.com/toaster-pastries/



My daughter gave these homemade toaster pastries a "thumbs up" -- that's a big kudos from her -- as did the rest of the clan. While this breakfast isn't as simple as picking up a box of Pop-Tarts at Walmart and popping them in the toaster, they're perfect for a weekend breakfast or an afternoon snack!

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch April 12, 2013 at 7:09 am

Oh my goodness, these look delicious!!! I have got to make these for Little Buddy (and for me too!) for breakfast really soon!!!
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Angie April 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

This looks so easy. I’ve been wanting to make homemade pastries like this for a while, but haven’t done it yet.
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Paula - bell'alimento April 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

You know I love this one ; )
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Tara April 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm

LOL, I suspected as much, Paula!

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Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

This is my kind of breakfast!!
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Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet April 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm

my daughter will LOVE me if I make these. Wait…delete “if” and add “when”. :) Yum!
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Shaina April 12, 2013 at 11:37 pm

The pastry looks so tender and flaky!
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AJ April 13, 2013 at 1:46 am

These were fabulous! Thanks for the great pastry recipe! Will try other fillings soon!

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Bethany G. April 13, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I’m thinking these would be more like Toaster Strudel than Pop-Tarts, because of the pastry crust – am I right? Either way, I think my kids will love them, since they love both! :)

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Tara April 14, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Yeah, I guess you’re probably right, Bethany. Either way, they’re delicious!

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Bethany G. April 15, 2013 at 11:14 am

I’m definitely going to try these! May use some homemade jam as filling, or possibly apple pie filling. Thanks for the tip on cider vinegar! That’s very helpful! :)

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Cassie | Bake Your Day April 15, 2013 at 11:26 pm

These are amazing, Tara. Takes me right back to childhood!

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marly April 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

Oh, I saw these running around Pinterest – they looked so good!
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Amanda May 31, 2013 at 8:57 am

Try it with Cookie Butter from Trader Joes! We make a version of these all the time with tons of different fillings and freeze them for an quick breakfast. Cookie Butter is the favorite, and nutella is a close second.

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Tara May 31, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Mmm, we will try it!

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Deborah June 13, 2013 at 11:28 am

I am going to use this recipe to make blueberry hand pies. Cannot wait! Thanks for the tip to use apple cider vinegar.

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