how to make toaster strudel icing

How To Make Toaster Strudel Icing

If you are one of those who have been wondering how to make toaster strudel icing, you are in luck! Today we’ll be sharing tips on how to make toaster strudel icing.

However, some of you may have stumbled upon this article in your search for something else. Furthermore, you may be wondering what in heaven’s name is toaster strudel? Well, let’s quickly introduce you to this delicious pastry

How To Make Toaster Strudel Icing – Brief Introduction/ History

Toaster strudel is a convenient breakfast pastry that can be prepared by heating in the toaster and drizzling with icing.  The icing is usually prepackaged and comes with the frozen toaster strudel.

This snack is also known as a toaster pastry because of the mode of preparation. The toaster strudel was invented in 1985 by Gretchen Wiener’s father. It is sold under the brand name of Pillsbury.

It is one of the most popular breakfast treats in America for at least three reasons:- (i) it is delicious (ii) it is a convenience pastry and (iii) it has myriads of varieties.

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How To Make Toaster Strudel Icing – Homemade Options

Many families love this breakfast pastry but a lot of health conscious homemakers are looking for healthier options. While we are of the opinion that this is really a tall order, some homemakers insist that they feel more comfortable if they know (to a large extent) what goes into this pastry.

We know that the focal issue here is how to make toaster strudel icing. However, we feel that this article would be more useful if you also have some homemade options for toaster strudel. This is especially for those who can not get the store bought version in their regions.

One of the most important tools/equipment to have for toaster strudel is a toaster(obviously) .


Option #1

This is not a made from scratch option because you would use premade store bought puff pastry.

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2 sheets Puff Pastry (thawed)

2/3 Cup Jam (any variation you like)

2 Teaspoon Cornstarch

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon Water

 To Make The Icing You Need The Following:-

1 and ½ Tablespoon Salted Butter (melted)

One Cup or 128 g Icing Sugar

1 and ½ Tablespoon Half and Half (also known as half cream)

¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Essence Stonewall Kitchen 4 Piece Favorite Jam Collection

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Instructions For Preparation

(i) Preheat your oven to 400°F, 200 -205°C or 6 for gas.

(ii) Line your oven tray or sheet pan with baking paper.

(iii) Flour your working surface lightly before placing the puff pastry on it. Start with one sheet of puff pastry. Lay the puff pastry on the working surface and cut it into 6.

(iv) Get a small bowl and place the cornstarch and jam in it. Mix thoroughly until well incorporated.

(v) Spoon about one and half tablespoon of the above mixture on top of three of the puff pastry that you cut. Do not spread the jam mixture to the edges of the puff pastry rectangles.

(vi) Get another small bowl and mix the egg with the one tablespoon of water. Then brush the edges of the puff pastry with this mixture.

(vii) Place the remaining three rectangles of puff pastry over the ones with the jam mixture filling. Then press both edges closed with your fingertips. Place them in the fridge while you prepare the second puff pastry sheet.

(viii) Brush the top of each of the strudel with the egg mixture. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

(ix) When your strudels are done, place them on a cooling rack to cool down a bit.

(x) Place all the ingredients for the icing in a small mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly blended. You can add more half and half to this mixture if you want it to be thinner.

(xi) Pour it into a pastry bag and drizzle over the warm strudels.

This recipe was adapted from


Option #2

This option is the recipe for the puff pastry itself; it is for those who don’t want to buy store made puff pastry. It is a rigorous and time consuming process. However, this made from scratch recipe ensures that you know what goes into your puff pastry.

As we stated earlier, the process for making this recipe is long and somewhat tedious. For this reason, we would just give you the ingredients needed and then drop a video on how it is done.


4 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 and 1/4 Cups, 503 g or 18oz Butter (unsalted)

1 and 1/2 Cup Freezing Water

4 Teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice


Puff Pastry Dough (French style)

This recipe is from the popular celebrity chef Anna Olson. She calls it the French method of making puff pastry Dough. The accompanying video would show you how to make the dough chef style.


How To Make Toaster Strudel Icing – Simple Vanilla Glaze


¾ Cup Icing Sugar

1 Teaspoon Half and Half

¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Instruction For Preparation

(i) Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix very well.

(ii) Refrigerate until the mixture hardens a little.

(iii) Bring it out from the fridge when you are ready to use it. Whip it up to make it pourable. Add a little more half and half if it is too thick.

You can also click here to check out this royal icing recipe. All you need to do is adjust it to your taste.

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How To Make Toaster Strudel Icing – FAQs 

What Is Toaster Strudel Icing Made Of?

Toaster strudel icing is made of icing sugar, half and half, butter and vanilla essence.  This is a basic recipe for toaster strudel icing.  Some recipes call for cream cheese and different flavouring.

You can always experiment with different flavouring extracts and cream once you have the basics of making toaster strudel icing mastered.

The essence of toaster strudel icing is to add some sweet to a savoury dish and liven it up the more.

How Do You Heat Up Toaster Strudel Icing?

You do not need to heat up toaster strudel icing. This is because warm toaster strudel can help to warm up the icing before you eat it. But you can use a microwave if you need to warm the icing to loosen it up to drizzle over the toaster strudel.

Place the toaster strudel icing in a microwave safe mixing bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at medium heat. Repeat a second time if the first 30 seconds doesn’t get it properly heated. This would help warm up the icing so that it can be drizzled over your pastry.

Can You Make Toaster Strudel In The Oven?

Toaster strudel can be made in a regular oven. All you need to do is get the oven to the right temperature and then check on it carefully.

This is precisely what to do:-

(i) Preheat the oven to 375°F

(ii) Line a baking sheet with foil and place the frozen toaster strudels on it

(iii) Bake for 8-10 minutes and turn over the other sides and bake for another 8-10 minutes( both sides should be golden brown

(iv) Remove from the oven and leave to cool for about 5 minutes before serving

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Are Toaster Strudels Healthy?

Toaster strudels are not in the list of health foods. So if you are a healthy meal buff then do not add toaster strudels to your list of breakfast meals.

Toaster strudel is made of flour, sugar, fat and a sweet filling. This therefore makes it unhealthy for folks with gluten intolerance or those who cannot have sugar in their diet.  Although many people try to make toaster strudel from scratch, the fact is that all the ingredients still remain the same.

Are Toaster Strudels For Breakfast?

Toaster strudels are advertised as breakfast pastries. This is mainly because it is a convenience meal that doesn’t require much prep and cooking time. Many homemakers have found this pastry to be a time saving yet sumptuous breakfast. But like all other meals, there is no hard and fast rule about when you can indulge.

Toaster strudels come in different flavors and can be adapted to suit individual palates. This therefore makes it a great option for midday snacks or tea time.

How Long Do You Toast a Toaster Strudel?

You can toast a toaster strudel as long as 10 minutes but it is best to start checking it from 8 minutes.  You can also use an oven to make your toaster strudel if you do not have a proper toaster oven.

If you are using a toaster oven, then you bake one side until golden brown then turn over the other side. So technically, you can toast your toaster oven for as long as 10 minutes or 20 minutes.

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Can You Eat A Cold Toaster Strudel?

You can eat a cold toaster strudel but it is actually meant to be toasted before eating. However, there are many arguments about whether it is safe to eat it cold anyway. On one end are those who claim that the strudels are already half-cooked while on the other end are those who claim that it is not cooked enough to kill germs.

The goodness of toaster strudel is actually maximized when it is toasted. Why would you even want to eat the toaster strudel cold? Enjoy the warm goodness of the strudel with the icing drizzled over it.

Are Toaster Strudels Precooked?

Toaster strudels are precooked during the factory process and come with filling such as fruit preserve, chocolate or cinnamon. This therefore means that you can eat them without toasting.

Toaster strudels can be classified as ‘raw’ pastry that is edible. It is unlike cookie dough or other pre-frozen pastry dough.