Fruit Strudel

Cherry strudel
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Ratings
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 strudels (8 to 12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
379 Calories
21g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy fruit strudel recipe is quick to assemble using puff pastry, pie filling, and a simple vanilla icing drizzle. 

Keep the ingredients on hand and you'll always be ready to prepare desserts for unexpected guests. This fruit strudel recipe is particularly good with a cherry filling, but you can easily swap in a seasonal fruit—try it with apple in the fall or blueberry in the summer months.

Ingredients

  • 1 (2-sheet) package frozen puff pastry (thawed)
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar (sifted)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Steps to Make It

Preheat oven to 400 F.

On a smooth surface lightly dusted with flour, unfold puff pastry sheets and roll them out to a rectangle that measures 12-by-10 inches.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash. Set aside.

Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut each piece lengthwise down the middle. Place half of the pastry sheets on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread half the pie filling down the middle of each piece (about 1 1/4 cups on each), leaving about 1-inch border along each edge.

With a fork, prick the exposed dough every few inches to keep dough from puffing up too much (this is called docking). Brush the egg wash along the exposed border of the fruit-covered pastry.

Dock the other pieces of pastry and place each on top of the fruit-covered pastry, pressing firmly along the edges to seal. Brush egg wash over each pastry.

Using a very sharp knife, cut diagonal slits in the top pastry every 2 inches or so over the filling. Place pastry in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until just golden.

While pastry is baking, place the confectioners sugar in a small bowl. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture gradually into the sugar, whisking with a fork or a small whisk. Add just enough milk to make an icing that forms thick ribbons when you let it drip off the fork or whisk.

When the pastries are done, cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes.

While still warm, drizzle the icing with a spoon over the strudels. Cool completely, cut each into 8 strips, and serve.