In light of how infamously inefficient microwaves can get when it comes to toasting (barely crisping, really) bread, is it possible to heat up toaster strudel with your microwave? Or should you only use the oven or toaster for it?
The Toaster Strudel brand represents a toaster pastry or snack made by General Mills. It’s a convenience food found in many convenience stores that gives you a refrigerated strudel you can heat up and put on icing via icing packet on short notice.
The Toaster Strudel brand notably requires you to store it frozen due to 1980s innovations in food manufacturing.
Can You Microwave Toaster Strudels?
Most people use the microwave to thaw Toaster Strudels rather than to cook or heat them up for consumption. It’s a Toaster Strudel, after all. You’re supposed to pop it inside the toaster to toast before adding the frosting unto it (usually cream cheese).
Cooking Toaster Strudel via microwave oven offers certain challenges, such as the microwave’s infamously tendency to not heat food equally. Sometimes, the strudel might not come out hot enough. It might even come out too hot or too dry.
How to Microwave Toaster Strudel
If you want to use a microwave to make Toaster Strudel, do the following.
Take the strudels out of the freezer. Put them on the microwave-safe plate. Most plates can house two strudels. Put them inside the microwave and nuke them for half a minute or 30 seconds at the highest power of your microwave.
Around the 15th second of 30 seconds or halfway through, stop or pause and flip the strudel or strudels over. Microwave the whole way through until you complete the whole 30 seconds. Be careful when flipping them because of their hotness.
If the strudels haven’t finished cooking afterwards, microwave for an extra 5-10 seconds at a time until you get the desired strudel crispiness.
Put icing on your strudel then consume while hot. You can also make other treats with the Toaster Strudel by warming up Nutella and drizzling it all over the baked good.
See more: Can You Microwave Cream Cheese?
Should You Microwave Toaster Strudels?
You can but you shouldn’t. The toaster unsurprisingly delivers better results with something names the Toaster Strudel. It’s not recommended because the manufacturers seemingly didn’t build the microwave for toasting, baking, or grilling despite it being called an oven.
The main issue with microwaving these strudels? They defeat the purpose of the snack being easy to prepare care of your toaster.
If you have to think about settings, timing, and flipping the strudels midway then it’s not an easy-to-make snack that even kids can prepare anymore, right?
One wrong move when microwaving your strudels and they might end up ruined. You have to be careful when cooking to ensure every side and part ends up evenly heated. As frozen food, microwaves work better at thawing the strudels then cooking them.
Fears of Uneven Cooking by Microwaving
Microwave ovens cook fast rather than slow. Certain parts of the strudel might end up cooking faster than other parts, with some even remaining frozen when push comes to shove. Perhaps defrosting the strudels should be done first before cooking them?
If the strudels don’t get thoroughly thawed prior to microwaving, it might end up in bad shape when you take it out. It might end up improperly cooked or frozen on one side and crusty on the other side.
The One Microwave Type That Could Handle Strudels
It might be prudent of you to instead cook your Toaster Strudels with a toaster (duh), toaster oven, or a convection microwave. The convection microwave has a convection mode that pretty much works like a conventional oven (requires preheating though) but better.
You’ll need to preheat your oven at 350°F for 10 minutes. Afterwards, bake or toast the strudels for another 10 minutes. It should take about 20 minutes or more to cook the strudels before you can put icing on it but it’s worth it.
Use Both the Microwave and the Stove
You can also use a combination of the microwave and the stove if you lack a regular oven or toaster. Put your frozen strudel inside the microwave then thaw for 1 to 3 minutes. Afterwards, put it on a nonstick pan to cook the food on a stove.
Just cook on medium to low heat for a couple of minutes while flipping the strudel from time to time. Regularly check the sides to ensure it is not burning. Cook until it’s light brown or golden brown.
Before eating, leave the strudels out on the pan. Let it sit there to cook further. You want to cool down the fruit filling before putting on the frosting. It’s sure to be piping hot and might scald your tongue if you’re not careful.
Alternate Methods of Making Toaster Strudel
Your main methods of making Toaster Strudel? Toast it on the toaster at the same settings you’d make toasted bread. Just pop it in the toaster and within minutes you have what’s basically a sandwich-sized cake pie.
You can also bake it on the conventional oven by preheating at 350°F for 10 minutes then toast for 10 minutes. Be careful to follow such instructions to avoid making a mess and having the Toaster Strudel explode with its fruit filling or turn into charcoal.
You should also put the strudel on foil-lined baking sheet. This catches the filling that might bleed or pop out of the pastry as you cook it. You also need a spatula to flip the strudel halfway through cooking (like you would when microawaving it). This cooks the baked good on both sides.
Whichever method you go with, you want to ensure your Toaster Strudels end up as delicious as possible.
A Few More Items to Consider
The convenience food known as Toaster Strudel offers amazing convenience because you can easily prepare them within minutes.
If you wish to know how to cook Toaster Strudel in the microwave oven, refer to how it’s done above. You basically need to thaw them out since they’re kept frozen like your hotdogs and packs of meat.
Once thawed, preheat your oven at 350°F for 10 minutes then toast for 10 minutes or microwave for 30 seconds while flipping it halfway 15 seconds in. Microwave for an extra 5-10 seconds if it’s not hot enough.
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- Scott Damon, “How to Cook Toaster Strudels in the Oven“, LiveStrong.com, November 16, 2021
- Atif Qazi, “How to Cook Toaster Strudel in Oven? – Learn Here“, KitchenGearoid.com, Retrieved November 16, 2021