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    filed under: Bread on September 30, 2014

    I have officially jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon and I am so excited about it!  This faux Toaster Strudel® recipe is absolutely amazing, and the perfect way to start any day!

    Pumpkin Puff Pastry!

    It all started with a homemade puff pastry.  I have made it three times in the last couple days and love it more and more each time.

    Puff Pastry Dough

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    The great thing about this puff pastry is that it takes just minutes to pull together!  I was shocked at just how easy and fool proof it is.  Every single time I have made it, the dough has been perfect.

    A word of caution:  This dough feels like silk.  I wanted to keep kneading, to let my hands linger in the velvety soft exquisiteness, but you must resist!  Over kneading is a no-no.

    pumpkin puff pastry

    Homemade Pumpkin Toaster Strudel! (from scratch puff pastry)

        Ingredients

        Pastry

        • 2 1/2 sticks (10 ounces) cold unsalted butter
        • 1/2 c cold tap water
        • 1 tsp. salt
        • 2 c all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
        • 1 tsp. cinnamon

        Pumpkin Filling

        • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
        • 1/3 c sugar
        • 1 tsp. vanilla

        Cream Cheese Frosting

        • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
        • 1/2 c powdered sugar
        • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
        • 1/4 c milk

        Instructions

        Pastry

        1. Measure water and add salt; stir to dissolve and set aside.
        2. Put flour and cinnamon into food processor.
        3. Coarsely dice all butter and place in food processor on top of flour. Pulse for about 3 seconds four or five times.
        4. Drizzle water into food processor on low speed. Watch closely as dough will start to pull together very quickly. Once the dough forms a ball stop the processor.
        5. Flour work surface and scrape dough from work bowl.
        6. Roll dough into a rough rectangle, dusting with more flour if the dough gets too sticky.
        7. Fold the dough in half, then in half again, then in half again. If you are able fold it over one more time, then wrap in plastic and chill for one hour.

        Filling

        1. Put pumpkin puree in a bowl and mix well with sugar and vanilla.

        Cream Cheese Glaze

        1. Beat cream cheese with handheld mixer until creamy.
        2. Add in remaining ingredients and mix on slow until fully combined. (You may add more or less milk to reach desired consistency.)

        When you are ready to assemble to Pumpkin Puff Pastries:

        1. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. You want the dough to be thin, only about 1/8 inch thick.
        2. Using a pizza cutter, trim off the rough edges and then cut into small sections, about 4 inches by 5 inches.  I divided the dough into thirds lengthwise, and then halves width wise.  You can see that my rectangles are not perfect and that is just fine.  
        3. Beat egg in a bowl and grab a pastry brush.  Brush the edges of the pieces of dough lightly with the egg.
        4. Add about 2 tablespoons of pumpkin puree to half of the rectangles, spreading to about half an inch from the edges.
        5. Top with the remaining pieces of dough.  
        6. Use a fork to press the edges together going in about 1/2 inch from the edge. (The first couple times I made this I just barely made marks with the fork and when they baked you could not tell. I prefer the look of a larger fork impression.)   
        7. Generously brush the entire top of the pastry with the egg.
        8. Place strudel on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  When done pastries should be golden brown and puffed up.

        Puff Pastry recipe barely adapted from Food Network.

        Puff Pastry Dough

        The SECRET to this perfect puff pastry being perfect every time? Water temperature. You want very cold water! The butter can be cold, but because of the chilling process, it does not need to be when assembling the recipe.

        I think that I ended up liking the ‘rustic’ look best.  Sure, you can get out your ruler and make a perfect rectangle and measure each perfect little pocket of pumpkin loveliness OR you can eyeball it and enjoy it just the same.

        For the delectable frosting drizzle: Place cream cheese in a pastry bag and snip off a very small portion.  Apply pressure to bag and drizzle over each pastry while it is still warm.

        This recipe makes roughly 10 pumpkin pastries.  I had about 1/2 cup of the pumpkin mixture left over, and that will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

        Pumpkin Toaster Strudel

        Just look at those flakey layers of buttery deliciousness!  My third attempt at these is when I decided to add cinnamon to the dough.  I have to tell you… it is incredible.

        Homemade Pumpkin Toaster Strudel! (from scratch puff pastry)

        The slight cinnamon flavor in the buttery pastry paired with the barely sweetened pumpkin filling seriously creates something magical.

        Here is another plus, without the frosting these pastries have just 1/3 cup of sugar in the entire recipe!  If you use a small amount of frosting you can actually feel good about giving them to your family for breakfast. 🙂  (Note, I was not able to use a sparse amount of frosting.  I mean, cream cheese.  Obvi.)

        If you are a pumpkin fan, a breakfast pastry fan, a butter fan, a fan of food in general, you will want to try these!

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        Comments

        I don’t have a food processor so I used Pepperige Farm Puff Sheets. Super quick and easy-they barely neeed any rolling! It made 6 using both sheets in box. Came out really good and buttery and flaky, but the filling wasn’t sweet at all-tasted more like squash, than pumpkin pie, which was what I expected! Good, but not sweet and breakfasty. Any suggestions?! Blesisings 🙂

          You can always make it sweeter! Add more sugar to your filling. 🙂

        Do you think this recipe is freezable? Before or after it’s baked?

        These look divine! I was never really into pumpkin until this year and I look forward to trying out this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

        They look awesome <3 Thank you for the amazing recipe 🙂

        I just made these last night, with a brown sugar-cinnamon filling (our favorite breakfast pastry filling). They were meant for breakfast this morning, but they didn’t make it – they are SOOO GOOD!!! This puff pastry is dangerous stuff. It’s so flaky and perfect, but so easy. I can’t wait to fill it with all other kinds of delicious fillings. I’m already thinking about apple and cherry turnovers. 🙂 Thanks so much for the great recipe!

          So glad you liked it!!!! Now I need to make some apple and cherry turnovers too… 🙂

        Can you use dairy free butter?

        If you don’t have a food processor and can you still make the puff pastry

        The reason this comes together so quickly is that it is rough puff pastry not true traditional puff pastry. Still sounds like a great recipe

        your recipes look great.

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