Whole Wheat Apricot Toaster Pastries

Early mornings tend to get the best of us, but during those lazy weekend mornings when everyone stirs from their beds at their own pace, breakfast should be a treat. A special kind of treat, a time when you bake something exceptionally delicious for your family. Today, I’m sharing these absolutely fantastic, melt in your mouth Apricot Toaster Pastries made with sweet Apricot Preserves from the Hickory Farms Farmstand Fruit Spread Collection.

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If you’re the kind of family that loves popping a store bought toaster pastry into your oven or toaster, than these will definitely be an improvement! Homemade with ingredients you can pronounce, they’re tastier than any of the other pastries that have ever graced your toaster’s insides!

 

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The natural Hickory Farms Apricot Preserves add just the perfect hint of sweetness and fruity flavor that these whole wheat toaster pastries crave. The fact that they are whole wheat will make you confident in serving these to your kids and family. These are great when made ahead and frozen individually, just thaw for a couple of minutes before baking.

 

Whole Wheat Apricot Toaster Pastries

Makes 10 large pastries

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, chilled

1/2 cup shortening

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water

1/2 cup apricot preserves

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon whole milk

In a large bowl, mix together the flours and butter. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until it resembles small pea-sized shapes.

Drizzle in the ice water slowly, mixing until everything is incorporated and mixed. Divide into two discs and refrigerate overnight (or for at least 4 hours).

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To assemble pastries: thaw chilled dough for about 15 minutes. On a floured surface, roll both discs (separately) to 9 by 12 inch rectangles. Cut both rectangles into equal, smaller rectangles. Spread one tablespoon of apricot preserves on bottom nine rectangles and place an un-spread rectangle on top. Crimp with a fork and place pastries in a parchment lined baking sheet in the refrigerator to chill for an hour. Once chilled, bake toaster pastries for 20 minutes or until fully cooked and golden brown around the edges.

 

To glaze: whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Spread on cool toaster pastries and let set for 20 minutes.

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Marnely Rodriguez- Murray is an established chef with an extensive culinary background, as well as a friend of Hickory Farms. Marnely brings masterfully created recipes using her favorite Hickory Farms products. Marnely has a special knack for turning every dish into a masterpiece.

Quick & Nutritious Breakfast Ideas

 

We all have those harried mornings when everyone is rushing out the door with no time for a sit-down family breakfast. However, that doesn’t mean nutrition has to be left on the back burner. Hickory Farms makes six different flavors of Farmstand Fruit Spreads — Red Raspberry, Cherry, Wild Blueberry, Blackberry, Apricot and Strawberry. You can quickly spread these delicious flavors on some toast, biscuits or a bagel for your busy family members to enjoy as they head out for the day.

Check out some other quick and easy breakfast ideas below for mornings when time is short.

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Keep it Light

You can’t go wrong with fruit and cheese. Apple slices go particularly well with sharp cheddar. Toss in some walnuts for protein and you’ll have a well-balanced meal. Hickory Farms stocks a full selection of fruits, cheeses and nuts in gourmet gift boxes at varying prices.

Make your own granola using our Dried Fruit Collection, with its assortment of white and yellow peaches, plums, mangoes, almonds and other fruits. Fill a small container or baggie to snack on when your energy flags during the afternoon slump.

You can also make nutritious breakfast smoothies with any combination of fruit, fat-free plain yogurt, a dash of skim or soy milk, honey and ice. Just puree in a blender for a delicious option when time is at a premium, but you need a healthy start to your morning.

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Quick & Hearty

Huevos Rancheros, made with slices of hard-boiled egg, cheese and Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham tucked into a tortilla, is a hearty, tasty beginning on a cold winter morning. It’s a perfect choice when eating on the run.

No matter the season, Hickory Farms is fully stocked year round with gourmet delights and gift baskets designed for every gift-giving occasion, along with staples to keep your own pantry full.

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