There’s no such thing as the wrong time for toaster strudel. And contrary to its name, you can actually microwave toaster strudels, if you don’t mind it being a bit soggy and not-at-all crispy. The only question is, how long should you keep a toaster strudel in the microwave?
To microwave a toaster strudel, microwave it on high for 30 seconds. At the 15-second mark, flip the strudel over to finish heating the other side. After that, squeeze the delicious icing on top of your toaster strudel and dig in.
Not only can you microwave toaster strudels, but there are several methods that you can try to bring your toaster strudel up to temperature. Below, I’ll explain those methods, as well as their benefits.
How Long to Cook Toaster Strudel in the Microwave?
Microwaving toaster strudels is a straightforward process. The only real things you need to be mindful of are the microwave’s heat settings and how long you leave the toaster strudel in the microwave.
While you can use any heat setting you want, high power is generally the best option for reheating food items. The lower settings use less power, which means it will take longer for the microwave to reheat the delicious jam, chocolate, or cream filling. So, this is one of those times where you should set your microwave to the highest power.
The second thing to pay attention to is how long to cook the toaster strudel in the microwave. Whether you’re reheating homemade toaster strudels or those you get from the store, reheating the pastry in a microwave takes just 30 seconds to complete. However, you will half to flip the strudel at the halfway mark to ensure that both sides are thoroughly reheated.
How to Reheat Frozen Toaster Strudels in the Microwave
Some people will say that reheating toaster strudels in the microwave requires your utmost attention, but that simply isn’t the case. For the most part, you can pop the strudel in the microwave, set it to 30 seconds, and walk away.
However, it becomes a little more complicated if you’re reheating frozen toaster strudels. Follow these steps to get the most joy out of your store-bought strudels.
Take the box of toaster strudels out of the freezer and let it sit on your countertop for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can take transfer the box from your freezer to your fridge and let it thaw overnight. While you can technically defrost a toaster strudel in the microwave, that’s an extra step that is not entirely necessary.
Unbox the toaster strudel and place it on a microwave-safe plate. This will ensure that the bottom of the strudel gets as much heat as the top.
Set the microwave to high power. If you use a lower power setting, you will have to wait longer for your strudel to come up to temperature.
Place the plated inside the microwave and set it to 30 seconds. You can also set it to 15 seconds and let the timer run out since you will have to flip it around at the halfway mark anyway.
At the 15-second mark, flip over the toaster strudel. That way, the top and bottom cook evenly, and the filling will become a gooey mess of deliciousness. If the toaster strudel is not at the desired hotness, microwave it again at 5- or 10-second intervals.
After the toaster strudel has been heated thoroughly, spread the delicious icing on top of the strudel. You can use a spoon or butter knife to spread the icing at an even layer across the surface of the toaster strudel. Otherwise, you can make fancy designs by piping out the icing.
Other Ways to Reheat Toaster Strudels
While microwaving a strudel is a quick and efficient way to begin sinking your teeth into the deliciously decadent pastry, you might want to consider alternative heating methods, especially if you don’t particularly care for slightly soggy strudels.
As its name suggests, you can toast a toaster strudel by popping it into a toaster or a toaster oven. Just set the toaster to any setting to make the exterior as crispy as you like. If the strudel isn’t at the right crispiness level, pop it in the toaster for another 2 to 3 minutes.
This method takes the longest of them all, but it can give the toaster strudel the crispiest exterior imaginable. If you have an oven or a toaster oven, set it to 350°F (177°C) and toast the strudel for 9 to 10 minutes, making sure to flip the pastry over at the halfway point.
Believe it or not, you can pan-fry a toaster strudel to make it just as warm and crispy as baked toaster strudels. Turn your stove on to medium-high heat. Now, place a toaster strudel on a non-stick frying pan with little to no butter. Keep flipping the strudel on both sides until it has reached the desired crispiness level.
Air-frying is the next best thing for home cooks. It works sort of like a toaster oven, but you don’t need to add any fats to make your strudel super-crispy. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F before placing the toaster strudel in the frying compartment. Air-fry the strudel for 7 minutes, turning it at the halfway point.
Grilling a toaster strudel can be just as good, but it will require dirtying a grill grate. Preheat the grill grate on medium-high heat. When it has come up to temp, place a toaster strudel on top and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until it has reached your desired level of golden flakiness. Flip it at the halfway mark to ensure that the strudel is cooked evenly.
How Long Does a Toaster Strudel Last in the Freezer?
Toaster strudels are made to last for up to 3 months in your freezer. Even if it has gone past the expiration date, it might still be safe to eat the strudel, as long as it has remained frozen the entire time.
To check whether the toaster strudel is still edible, make sure it doesn’t give off any foul odors, the dough isn’t sticky, and it doesn’t have any moldy spots.