Homemade Toaster Pastries, Because Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than That.

Friday morning was one of those mornings where I woke up starving, and there wasn't anything quick to grab for breakfast. 

No milk. No cereal. No bread for toast (marble rye doesn't count...). And I don't eat eggs without toast; I need some crunch to counteract the softness of eggs. 

Alas, I would have to make something for breakfast, so I dug through the freezer and fridge and count these: 

A package of pie crusts from who-knows-when. Pie crusts are pretty easy to make from scratch, so it's likely that these are pretty old, and probably not destined for a pie.

I gathered up some basic ingredients from my pantry, and cranked out some homemade toaster pastries. To make your own, you'll need:

  • Two pie crusts (can be store-bought and freezer burned, like mine, or homemade)
  • Any kind of jam (I used my homemade strawberry jam)
  • An egg, for egg wash
  • Cooking spray (I used olive oil in my Pampered Chef sprayer)
  • A rolling pin
  • A pizza cutter 
  • A fork

First, roll out your pie crust so it's pretty thin. Then, using your pizza cutter, cut an even number of rectangular-ish shapes. I clearly don't care if my toaster pastries are perfectly square, so to each his own.

Then, take a spoonful of jam and dollop it in the middle of the squares you just cut.

Don't spread your jam all the way to the edges, because you'll need that space later. And trust me, one spoonful will be enough jam.

Then, lay another 'square' of pie crust over the jam. Because I don't have perfect squares, I did a little folding here and there to make them relatively square.

And don't forget to crimp those edges with a fork!

As you are finishing each pastry, lay them gently on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Lastly, brush a little egg over the top of each toaster pastry.

As you can anticipate, the two pastries on the bottom right were totally going to explode with jam. I filled them a wee bit full.

Bake these bad boys at 350* for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. The best part about these pastries is that you can store them in a container in the fridge and heat them up a little in the morning.

While it may look like these guys stuck to the pan, they actually didn't.

Not a single toaster pastry was harmed in the creation of this post.

Even this one:

I lie. This one was totally harmed.

I'm a sucker for oozy breakfast treats.

So I ate it.

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