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Air Fryer Toaster Strudel (From Freezer to Plate in Minutes!)

January 27, 2024
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Who doesn’t love the indulgence of a warm, flaky toaster strudel oozing with fruit or cream cheese filling?  Air Fryer Toaster Strudel are the answer to that craving! 

If you’re like me, you’re all about that easy and convenient life, especially when it comes to whipping up a quick breakfast or snack. And let me tell you, air frying these pastries is a total game changer.

Toaster Strudel in the Air Fryer

Imagine taking those frozen toaster strudels, that we all sneak into our grocery cart now and then (admit it, they’re not just for the kids), and elevating their texture to a whole new level of crispiness. 

It’s not just about enjoying that golden brown perfection on the outside; it’s about ensuring that the inside is also heated through flawly. With an air fryer, you’ve got this fantastic device that circulates hot air around the pastry, ensuring an evenly cooked, crispy delight that your traditional toaster just can’t compete with. 

Plus, let’s not forget the convenience – there’s no preheating required, and you save on clean-up time too. Just pop the strudel in, set the timer, and by the time you’ve brewed your coffee, breakfast is served!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Simplicity and Convenience: Utilizing an air fryer for toaster strudels streamlines your morning routine with ease and speed.
  • Perfect Texture: The unique cooking method of an air fryer ensures a consistently crispy exterior and a warm, delectable interior.
  • Perfect for Day or Night: Whether you want something sweet in the morning or find yourself craving a sweet snack at night, these are wonderful!
  • Easy Prep and Clean Up: All you really need is a box of frozen toaster strudel and your air fryer. Then just clean your air fryer basket when you’re done cooking in it!

Iced toaster strudel in air fryer basket

Why Choose an Air Fryer?

Who doesn’t crave that perfectly golden brown pastry with the flakiest crust imaginable? That’s the magic an air fryer brings to toaster strudels and all your favorite baked goodies. 

It circulates hot air all around the toaster pastries, ensuring each bit of the outside crisps up while keeping the inside deliciously tender – think apple fillings oozing out or chocolate turning all gooey.

Your typical toaster pushes the limits of its design when wrestling with flaky pastries, and a toaster oven? It can do the job, but it’s not bringing that all-encompassing heat the way an air fryer does.

Another great thing about the air fryer is that you have the control to experiment with cooking times, usually landing between 5 and 7 minutes. This means your Pillsbury toaster strudel emerges just how you like it, and if you fancy trying homemade toaster strudel with puff pastry, cream cheese, or jam, you’ll feel like a baking wizard with the air fryer’s consistent results. 

If you’re looking for an air fryer, here are a few that I have owned and liked. Some are on the smaller side and others are larger:

  • Small Capacity Air Fryer
  • Medium Capacity – Go WISE 3.7 Quart Air Fryer (I use this one when I’m doing parts of meals for the family)
  • Large Capacity – Ninja Foodi 8 Quart Air Fryer (I haven’t tried this one yet but it is on my dream list! Maybe I’ll invest this year! I have two friends who love theirs!)

Ingredients

You won’t believe how simple this is (okay, maybe you will but it’s like elevating your frozen toaster strudels from childhood)!

All you need are the following:

  • Frozen Toaster Strudel 
  • Air Fryer

You can use the air fryer with your favorite flavor! Cherry, apple, chocolate, or cream cheese — they all work in the air fryer!

You don’t need parchment paper or even extra oil. You’re just going to put your frozen toaster strudel straight into the air fryer basket, dial in that temperature, and let the magic happen.

Step-by-Step Air Frying Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F. I find that this is the temperature for getting that pastry just right—golden brown on the outside, with the inside all warm and gooey.
  2. Pop the frozen toaster strudels right into the basket of your air fryer. No need for parchment paper or prepping the basket; the strudels won’t stick if your fryer is non-stick.
  3. Set your timer for 5 to 7 minutes of cooking time. Keep an eye on them—every air fryer is a bit different, and you want to catch that perfect moment of golden perfection without crossing into too-crispy territory.
  4. Once they’re done, remove them from the air fryer. Be careful because they will be very hot!
  5. Time for the grand finale: Drizzle that delicious icing packet over the warm strudels. Watch as it melts slightly, creating the perfect glaze for your pastry treat.

Flavor Varieties and Pairings

No matter which flavor of toaster strudel you love, there seems to be one for everyone! But you can use them for more than an easy breakfast option!

Pairing these treats with the right sides and toppings is where you elevate a simple pastry into something even more!

  • Drizzle the apple toaster strudel with a caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream
  •  Serve chocolate strudel with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream
  • For the raspberry variety, try a sprinkle of powdered sugar and a side of fresh berries

Homemade vs. Store-Bought

If you’re wondering about homemade versus grabbing a box from the freezer section at the grocery store, it really just depends on how much time you have and what you want to try!

Now, if you’re like me, you probably grew up with Pillsbury’s Toaster Strudel making a frequent appearance at the breakfast table. Those flaky pastries with the gooey, warm center are a sweet snack that’s hard to beat. Plus, there’s no denying the sheer convenience. Pull them out of the freezer, pop them in the air fryer, and bam! You’re all set with a golden brown treat in no time.

But if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try creating a homemade toaster strudel using puff pastry from the store. The perk of going with homemade is that you can get creative with different flavors. You could try one of these combinations:

  • Peach filling with a touch of cinnamon
  • Savory ham and cheese filling. 
  • Blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry jam combo
  • Cinnamon and sugar (to give you that feeling of cinnamon rolls)

These are easy to make with the premade puff pastry (that you can also find in the freezer section at the grocery store) so don’t be afraid to try it!

Whether you’re air frying them from frozen or homemade, most air fryer models will need 5-7 minutes to cook these to that golden outside that you want.

Serving Tips

You can eat these straight out of the air fryer, but if you’re looking for that extra touch, it’s all about topping the toaster strudels.

The drizzle is the traditional option if you’re using frozen strudel because they come with that little icing packet! You can use that packet and get creative! Try zigzag patterns, delicate swirls, or even polka dots! The key is to go slow and steady.

But you can top your toaster pastry with other things too! Try one of these ideas:

  • Chocolate drizzle
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh berries
  • Dollop of whipped cream
  • Scoop of vanilla ice cream

Storage and Leftover Ideas

If you’ve somehow found yourself with leftovers (which doesn’t happen at our house), you want to make sure to store any leftover toaster strudel in an airtight container.

One of the great things about toaster strudel in the air fryer is that you can make them in small batches and just make what is going to be eaten at the time. They only take 5-7 minutes to bake in the air fryer so it’s easy to make just what you need.

Storing Leftover Toaster Strudels

Put any extras into an airtight container, ensuring there’s no extra room for air to avoid soggy pastries. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Reheating Leftover Toaster Strudels

This is also so easy to do! Heat them in the air fryer for a couple of minutes at 350°F to crisp up the golden brown goodness on the outside while getting it warm on the inside. 

If, for some reason, you don’t have an air fryer to reheat in, you can also use a toaster oven.

FAQs

How long do I put a toaster strudel in the Airfryer?

5-7 minutes (though cooking times may vary depending on your model of air fryer)

Can you air fry Pillsbury toaster scrambles? 

Yes, you can air fry toaster scrambles! Just like toaster strudels, these do not need to be thawed. Put the frozen toaster scramble in the air fryer and cook at 350°F for 5-6 minutes. I recommend then flipping it over and cooking for 1-2 additional minutes. Depending on your air fryer, you may need to adjust the cooking time. Sometimes I find that the scrambles take an extra minute or two.

​​​​​Are you supposed to put toaster strudels in the freezer?

Yes! Store your toaster strudel in the freezer until you’re ready to put them in the air fryer. They go straight from frozen to the air fryer basket!

More Air Fryer Frozen Food Recipes

Looking for more easy air fryer recipes? Check out some of the other ways to take your frozen food to amazing in the air fryer:

Air Fried Toaster Strudels

Frozen toaster strudels are cooked perfectly in the air fryer!

Servings: 2 strudels

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen Toaster Strudels

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350℉.

  • Place the frozen toaster strudel in the basket.

  • Cook for 5 to 7 minutes, until warmed through and golden brown.

  • Top with included icing packet.

Make Frozen Toaster Strudel in the Air Fryer

 

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