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Homemade cherry toaster strudel showcases sweet seasonal fruit

August 20, 2018
This easyto-make toaster strudel can be used with several varieties of fruit.

We are nearing the end of the summer and I haven’t made one recipe that includes these sweet, yet tart, deep dark red cherries. It would be a shame to spend time daydreaming of an amazing dish where the star of the deliciousness could be cherries and I make a special trip to the produce aisle only to discover they’re gone, they’re really gone.

There were just too many delicious recipes floating around in my head that prevented me from getting to this before now. I am excited to have at least accomplished this task before the weather turns cold.

The good thing about this beautiful golden crispy pie is any fruit can be used for this. It really is a multi-fruit friendly dessert. It could also be a fantastic breakfast strudel. If you know me, you know that’s where the inspiration for this old time favorite was born.

I’m sure everyone remembers the frozen toaster strudel boxed in the frozen foods’ section. All of us at one time or another has popped one in a toaster oven and had this before dashing off to school in the morning.

When I raised my kids, I took a path that was a little less traveled when I decided I should make everything they ate. At least, I tried to. The boys would see this in the freezer section and beg me to get it. I did every once in a while until I decided the fresh blueberries we picked in the summer needed a special home and place on our early morning breakfast table.

I haven’t made it in so long and it sure brought a smile to my face when I took the first bite. This is home made toaster strudel that is so simple, I wondered why I ever bought the store brand.

I cheated a little by using a can of fruit pie filling and added fresh cherries at the end. The buttery dough stood out and the crispy edges made it hard to stop eating.

As soon as it came out of the oven, I heard the roar of a lawn mower outside my window. I knew Christian was stopping by to mow my grass. He smiled from ear to ear when I handed him a warm slice of this pie.

The only thing missing was the quick cream cheese frosting but honestly it was so out of this world yummy, it really didn’t need anything else.

This recipe is too simple to settle for the frozen treats in a box. I

It can also be used for a dessert or a breakfast pie, which makes it a must-have, go-to recipe you won’t be able to fold away into a recipe box.

HOMEMADE TOASTER STRUDEL

1 pkg. filo pastry dough thawed to room temperature

1 can of cherry pie filling

3 T. Melted butter

1 cup sliced fresh cherries

Take one section of the filo dough and place on a cookie sheet. Spread the pie filling on top. Take the second section of the dough and place over the pie filling. Crimp the edges with a fork. Spread melted butter on top.

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve.

Janet McCormick is the owner of Let’s Eat Cafe in downtown Huntington. More of her recipes can be found at http://www.10-minutemeals.com.

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