Toaster strudel is the perfect quick breakfast or snack. The sweet icing topping, the flakey pastry, and burst of fruit filling make it an irresistible treat. But what if you don’t have a toaster handy? Can you prepare toaster strudel another way?
Here’s a quick answer: Yes, you can absolutely microwave toaster strudels. Simply place the frozen strudel on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Flip it over halfway through. Continue microwaving in 10 second increments, checking periodically, until the filling is fully heated through, about 45-60 seconds total. The pastry may be softer than when toasted but microwaving allows you to quickly and easily enjoy toaster strudels.
Below we will cover everything you need to know about microwaving toaster strudel, from cook times to tips and tricks. Read on for the complete guide.
Why Microwave Toaster Strudel?
There are several reasons you may want to microwave your toaster strudel rather than using a traditional toaster:
- Don’t have a toaster – If you don’t own a toaster or it’s broken, the microwave allows you to still enjoy toaster strudel.
- Only need 1-2 – Using the toaster wastes energy if only cooking 1-2 strudels. The microwave is more efficient.
- Customize cook time – The microwave gives you more control over doneness based on your texture preference.
- Portion control – Cooking 1-2 strudels at a time helps resist eating the whole box!
- Quick and easy – It only takes 30-60 seconds in the microwave for hot strudel.
Microwaving is a great option for enjoying toaster strudel any time of day!
How To Microwave Toaster Strudel
Microwaving toaster strudel is simple, but there are some tips to get the best results:
- Remove strudel from freezer – Allow to thaw slightly, about 1-2 minutes.
- Place on microwave-safe plate – This helps cook evenly.
- Microwave on HIGH – Cook for 30 seconds as a starting point.
- Flip strudel halfway – Helps prevent cold spots and uneven cooking.
- Check doneness and continue cooking – Add 10-15 seconds more until hot.
- Let sit 1 minute – Allows filling to fully heat through.
- Add icing – Spread or drizzle included icing packet on top.
- Enjoy immediately – Toaster strudel doesn’t stay crisp for long after microwaving.
The exact microwave time can vary based on your appliance and the food’s temperature. But with 30 seconds plus checking and adjusting, you’ll nail the perfect cook time.
Microwave Power Settings
We recommend using high (100% power) to quickly heat and brown the pastry shell. However, if the strudel is becoming too brown, try a lower power setting between 50-80% power. This more gentle heat will warm it through without over-browning.
Prevent Soggy Pastry
The key to crisping the strudel and avoiding a soggy pastry is using HIGH power in short intervals, flipping halfway, and not overcooking. If the pastry edges start to get very brown or hard before the filling is hot, remove from the microwave and let sit 1-2 minutes. The residual heat will continue warming and softening the filling without toughening the shell.
Evenly Distribute Filling
Before microwaving, gently press along the length of a frozen strudel to distribute the filling evenly inside. This helps prevent cold spots. Be gentle – you don’t want filling bursting out the sides!
Microwave Toaster Strudel Cook Times
When microwaving toaster strudels, the optimal cook time can vary based on several factors. Appliance wattage makes a difference, with higher wattages cooking faster – for example, a 1000+ watt microwave only takes 30 seconds, while a 650-800 watt microwave takes 45 seconds.
The number of strudels also impacts cook time, with more strudels requiring slightly longer. Whether the strudels are frozen or thawed changes the time needed as well, with thawed strudels taking less time at 1-2 minutes.
Finally, the filling type affects microwave time, as fruit fillings generally cook faster in the microwave compared to cream cheese fillings. Considering these factors allows you to determine the best microwave cook times for your toaster strudels.
Here are general microwave guidelines based on these factors:
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These are estimates only. Always check doneness halfway and continue microwaving in 10 seconds increments as needed.
For best results, start with 30 seconds on HIGH power then check. This prevents overcooking.
Toaster vs Microwave: The Differences
While the microwave does the trick, there are some differences when compared to conventional toaster preparation:
- Toaster provides crisper, crunchier, flakier pastry texture
- Microwave can sometimes yield chewier, softer, soggier results
- Toaster browns and toasts the edges and top
- Microwave produces paler, less browned appearance
- Toaster heats from outside-in
- Microwave heats from inside-out
- Toaster takes 2-3 minutes
- Microwave takes 30-60 seconds
So while the microwave won’t replicate the exact texture and appearance of toaster heating, it does allow you to quickly and conveniently enjoy toaster strudel anytime.
Toaster Strudel Storage
Toaster strudel storage requires keeping uncooked strudels in the freezer until you’re ready to heat and eat them. After microwaving strudels, you’ll want to eat them immediately or store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To reheat leftovers, simply microwave them for 10-15 seconds until warm and then add the icing right before eating.
For optimal freshness and texture, try to eat strudels within 1 week of defrosting from the freezer. It’s also important to avoid refreezing previously thawed toaster strudels, as this can negatively impact the quality. Proper storage methods like using the freezer or fridge will help preserve the freshness and maintain the ideal texture of your toaster strudels.
Creative Ways To Enjoy Toaster Strudel
Toaster strudel is delicious on its own, but you can also get creative with fun new ways to eat it:
- Stack two strudels together with ice cream in the middle for a yummy strudel ice cream sandwich!
- Top with fresh fruit like banana slices, berries, or pineapple chunks.
- Spread with chocolate-hazelnut spread or nut butter instead of icing.
- Roll up and dip in Greek yogurt like a breakfast wrap.
- Make “strudel nachos” by topping bite-sized pieces with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado, etc.
- Use pie filling, lemon curd, or other spreads in place of icing.
Let your imagination run wild! The possibilities are endless.
Healthy Toaster Strudel Alternatives
While toaster strudels make for a quick and tasty breakfast, they are high in sugar. Here are some healthier DIY options:
- Whole wheat English muffin or bagel with fruit jam or nut butter
- Greek yogurt “parfait” with granola, nuts, fruit
- Avocado toast on whole grain bread with sliced fruit
- Scrambled egg wrap in a whole wheat tortilla with avocado and cheese
- Overnight oats with fresh or dried fruit and nuts
- Cottage cheese bowl with peach slices and slivered almonds
Get the satisfying flavor combinations without all the added sugar.
Microwave Toaster Strudel FAQs
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about microwaving toaster strudels:
Is it safe to microwave toaster strudels?
Yes, toaster strudels are fully microwavable and safe to cook in the microwave. Just be sure to use a microwave-safe plate and don’t overcook causing burning.
Should I wrap it in a paper towel?
This isn’t necessary. Direct contact with the microwave plate allows for better heat conduction.
Does the filling get hot enough?
The short 1-2 minute cook time is sufficient to fully heat and warm the filling, especially if you let it rest 1 minute after microwaving.
Why does the pastry get chewy or soggy?
Overcooking is the main culprit. Use HIGH power in short cook times. And don’t let thawed strudels sit out too long before microwaving or the pastry starts to get moist.
Do I need to flip it during cooking?
Flipping halfway through ensures even heating on both sides. But if microwaving stacked strudels, you don’t need to flip.
Should I use a microwave cover?
No, a cover isn’t needed and can make the pastry soggy. Direct exposure to microwave energy is best.
The Bottom Line
Yes, you absolutely can microwave toaster strudels! Simply follow our tips for microwave times, power levels, and proper technique.
In just 30-60 seconds, you’ll have a quick breakfast or snack ready to go. While microwaved strudels won’t be exactly the same as using a toaster, they still make for a tasty warm treat.
Get creative with fun topping ideas and even healthy alternatives. Toaster strudel lovers, rejoice in the magic of the microwave!