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Homemade Apple Toaster Strudels

Do your kids love those prepackaged toaster strudels? Want a healthier version that is just as yummy?

This guest post is by my friend Crystal, whom I met on a fun business trip. I was immediately enchanted by her love for homemade food and her amazing loving personality. I’m honored to have her share some of her favorite breakfast recipes on MOMables. 

I am not big on many of the prepared items in the frozen food section of the grocery store. Nothing against them, but most of them just don’t taste as good as fresh. There are a couple exceptions though, and toaster strudels are one of them.

I adore toaster strudels. Especially the apple. My mom is the one that got me into those. When I was a teenager, she bought them, and I would devour them. Too bad I no longer have the same metabolism as my 16-year-old self (sniff sniff), plus I know better—they aren’t too good for you.

Anyhow, I wanted to come up with my own toaster strudel—one that could be made quite easily and tasted 100% better than the ones you buy at the store. I can safely say that I have fulfilled that goal with these apple strudels. They taste more like 200% better than the frozen kind and have way more apple filling. So much, in fact, that you don’t want to envelope the filling in between two sheets of puff pastry. You only want that bottom layer so there is “room to grow.” (You’ll see what  I mean in the directions.)

Then there is the easy factor. These are SO easy and don’t take that much longer to make than the ones you buy premade. The extra effort is definitely worth it when it comes to using real ingredients and taste. And honestly, what else really matters?

Homemade Apple Toaster Strudels

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  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 cups homemade apple pie filling* or 1 can apple pie filling
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cut the puff pastry sheet into six equal-size rectangles. Score the edge of the pastry dough with a knife, leaving a 1/4-inch rim around the outside. Using a fork, prick holes in the inside of the scored line.**
  3. Bake in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove. Using the back of a spoon, press down the center of the pastry. Where you scored it earlier will allow it to sink down while the edges remain risen, creating a pocket.***
  4. Divide the apple pie filling evenly between the puff pastry rectangles. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown and toasty around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
  5. Meanwhile, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until creamy. Add more milk if it’s needed so that it drizzles easily.
  6. After the pastries have cooled for 5 minutes, drizzle with the cream cheese glaze.

Notes

* [homemade apple pie filling|http://www.hobbyfarms.com/food-and-kitchen/canned-apple-pie-filling.aspx]
** %http://www.momables.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/strudelhowto.jpg
*** %http://www.momables.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/strudelhowto2.jpg

 

Crystal Light-Faulkner is the Mrs behind MrsHappyHomemaker.com, where old-fashioned and modern-day collide. She is a homeschooling mother of three, and resides with her husband in a small town in the South, where she has lived all of her life. Crystal also works as a field editor for Taste of Home magazine and as the cooking neighbor for the television show Life Around Home. You can find her on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

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No-Cook Oatmeal with Berries

No-cook oatmeal? Yes! Check out this delicious way to eat a filling breakfast with fresh fruit.

raw oatmealWe all know the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  Well, I never put a lot of stock into that phrase until I became a mother.

Feeding my kids a filling, wholesome breakfast makes all the difference in how they start their day. It needs to be filling and have enough protein to keep them from getting hungry halfway through the morning.

Packing fresh lunches is no longer an issue since we began using the MOMables menus, but getting my boys to eat breakfast when we are in a hurry can be challenging.  My 3 boys have differing tastes, so it’s not always easy to make everyone happy.

Having a variety of choices on hand seems to keep them a little more interested and our mornings complaint free.

With warmer days upon us, our focus has turned from hot oatmeal to a cooler, summer version.  Raw oats topped with milk, fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Easy, delicious and nutritious… the MOMables way.

Raw Oatmeal with Berries

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  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • Raw Oatmeal
  • Old Fashion or thick rolled oats
  • Milk, dairy or nondairy
  • Fresh fruit
  • Maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • Other optional toppings: shredded coconut, almonds, pecans, dried fruits, sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scoop a small amount of oats into a bowl and cover with milk. Allow to sit for a minute or two as the oats soak up the milk and get softer. Top with fresh fruit and other toppings of your choice and a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, if desired. Enjoy!

 

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Gluten-Free Breakfast Spirals

Breakfast spirals - MOMables.comMy daughter, Little Miss, has a severe peanut allergy. Making healthy and fun school lunches has always been a priority; so much so, that I started a personal blog to document my journey.

Recently, we began a gluten-free diet, and a month into it, I could already see an amazing difference in her health!

 

 

I have always loved making breakfast for my family. This recipe in particular is fabulous, because it’s not only been one of her favorites for quite some time but it’s gluten-free as well. I am beyond thrilled to share this with my MOMables family!

 

 

Gluten-Free Breakfast Spirals

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  • Cuisine: Baking

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free, multi-purpose flour
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup fresh baby spinach
  • 8 slices nitrate- and gluten-free ham
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Line the bottom of a baking sheet with parchment paper, leaving at least a 1-inch lip, and lightly grease with oil. Set aside. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the cream cheeses and enough milk to make it smooth. Add the flour and the remaining milk, blending once more.
  3. Slowly beat in the eggs, and mix well.
  4. Pour onto the baking sheet.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, and top with the cheese, spinach, and ham, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Roll up, starting with the short side. Then return to the oven for a few minutes, until the cheese melts.
  8. Place on a serving dish, and slice.

Notes

Note: Not a fan of ham and spinach? You could also do sautéed vegetables of choice or bacon.

 

 

This recipe is my kid version of this recipe.  The ingredients have been changed to adjust to my daughter’s preferences.

 

 

Delicious Apple Turnovers

Fall Guide: Apple Varieties 101

& Easy Apple Turnover Recipe

Visit your local farmers’ market, Whole Foods, or grocery store, and you will see new varieties of apples on display. With so many options, how do you know which ones to buy? Haven’t heard of one before? Stop grabbing the same red delicious apples day after day, and start enjoying some of the juicer, sweeter varieties out there! Here is a quick guide on apples you’ll see this fall. Go ahead, try a new variety. And just for fun, you can get baking with our easy apple turnover recipe below.

Royal Gala

Royal Gala apples have a mild flavor and are crisp and sweet. Their characteristic yellowish orange skin has a distinct red striping. They are perfect for salads and eating out of hand, and cook nicely in applesauce.

Golden Delicious

Golden Delicious apples are a perfect all-around apple. They have a sweet, rich, and mellow flavor, and hold their shape best when baked.

Granny Smith

Popular, crisp, and tart, Granny Smith apples are a good all-purpose apple. Their flavor is enhanced when paired with sweeter, spicier apples in pies and crisps, and delivers that perfect balance between richness and tang.

Honeycrisp

Honeycrisps are sweet, delicious eating apples. They are crisp (just like their name), and juicy, with a sweet honey-like flavor and a bit of tartness. They work well in baking and are perfect for applesauce.

Cortland

Cortlands are juicy, with a slightly tart flavor. They have a bright, red skin and pure white flesh. They are excellent for baking, especially in pies, cobblers, and crisps. Because their flesh doesn’t discolor quickly when sliced, Cortlands are great for fruit salads and fruit and cheese plates.

Empire

Empires are a combination of a McIntosh and a Red Delicious apple. They have a firm texture and a slightly tart flavor. They are an excellent eating apple, and a good one to have around for applesauce, pie, cakes, and salads.

Mutsu (Crispin)

Mutsu apples are usually very large, with a yellowish green skin. They are juicy and very crisp, with a very sweet flavor. They’re excellent for fresh eating, as well as using in salads, applesauce, and baked goods.

Ida Red

Ida Reds are tangy with a pink flesh. They give a nice pinkness to applesauce and keep their shape well during baking. They also freeze well and are nice and crisp in salads.

Jonathan

If you’re looking for a tart apple with a rich, spicy flavor, Jonathan apples are a good pick. They are also great to balance out sweet apples in baking because they hold their shape well. They’re a versatile apple that makes good salad and applesauce, too.

Macoun

A delicious eating apple, Macouns are sweet, aromatic, and perfect for nearly everything. They have bright red skin and a snow-white flesh. Their juicy taste makes them perfect for daily eating, but also for salads and applesauce.

Jonagold

Jonagolds are a combination of Jonathan and Golden Delicious apples. Their tangy, sweet flavor is housed inside a characteristic yellowish-green exterior with a blush stripe. They are excellent both for eating fresh and for cooking.

McIntosh

These classic bright red apples with green undertones are juicy and crisp. McIntoshes tend to break down when they are cooked. They are delicious and readily available, making them a good choice for eating out of hand or made into applesauce. For baking, they are best paired with Golden Delicious or other apples.

Red Delicious

Popular Red Delicious apples were bred to be eating apples. They don’t make good baking apples, but are perfect for eating out of hand. They have a mild flavor, are sweet and juicy, and are known by their deep red skin and a classic heart shape.

Winesap

Winesap apples are firm and sweet, with a bit of a spicy kick. The Winesap is very firm and aromatic, with a spicy bite. A sweet-flavored apple, Winesaps are good in sauces and for baking.

With so many types of apples to choose from this fall, you can get creative and bake away! Why bake apples? They are inexpensive, they are delicious, are good for you, and paired with some sugar and cinnamon, who can turn them down?!  Here is my go-to recipe for easy apple turnovers. Save it, print it, enjoy!

Easy Apple Turnovers

You can choose any variety of apple, but Granny Smith is the traditional variety to use. Avoid baking with red delicious apples; these do not bake well. Prep time: 25 minutes. Bake: 25 minutes. Total time: 50 minutes. Yields 8 turnovers.

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  • Cuisine: Treats

Ingredients

Turnovers:

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

For turnovers:

  1. Combine the lemon juice and 4 cups water in a large bowl. Place the sliced apples in the water to keep them from browning.
  2. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain the water from the apples, and place them into the hot skillet. Cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon, and cook, stirring, for 2 more minutes. Stir together the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water. Pour into the skillet, and mix well. Cook for another minute, or until the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400F (200C).
  4. Unfold the puff pastry sheets, and repair any cracks by pressing them back together. Trim each sheet into a square. Then cut each larger square into four smaller squares. Spoon the apples onto the center of each square. Fold over from corner to corner into a triangle shape, and press the edges together to seal. Place the turnovers on a baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, until the turnovers are puffed and lightly browned. Cool completely before glazing.

For glaze:

  1. Mix together the confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla in a small bowl. Adjust the thickness by adding more sugar or milk if necessary. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled turnovers.

 

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