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Homemade Cherry Strudel

Becky
Here's an easy way to make cherry strudel from scratch. 
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, croatian
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

for the pastry dough

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cold

for the cherry filling

  • 20 ounces frozen cherries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

toppings and assembly

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds, optional
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

for the pastry dough

  • Combine the flours, sugar and salt.
  •  Cut the butter and cream cheese into 1 inch cubes. 
  • Using a stand mixer mix add the butter and cream cheese into the flours and mix until a ball forms. 
  • Divide into 3 separate balls and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. 

for the cherry filling

  • Combine the cherries and sugar in a small saucepan.  Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally but keeping your eye on it. 
  • Sprinkle the corn starch over the mixture and use a whisk to break up any clumps. Let simmer and thicken for about 15 minutes. 
  • Stir in salt and almond extract. 
  • Remove from heat and let cool before spreading onto pastry. This can be made in advance and refrigerated for a few days.  

assembling strudel

  • Grease a sheet pan and preheat oven to 350. 
  • Remove one of the balls of dough from the fridge and let stand at room temp for 5 minutes.  As it rests, flour a surface and get out a rolling pin.
  • Roll out the dough into a 10 x 8 rectangle.  
  • Add 1/3 of the cherry filling and spread over the top. Sprinkle the top of the filling with about a tablespoon of almond flour. 
  • Starting at the long edge roll the pasty into a large roll (not as tight as a cinnamon roll). Use a touch of water to pinch the seam and ends together to seal. 
  • Place the strudel on a greased baking sheet and refrigerate.  
  • Repeat with remaining 2 pastry balls and jam.  Freeze or bake off (only put 2 on a baking sheet at a time).
  • Place 1 or 2 of the strudels on a baking sheet together. 
  • Whisk the egg and use a pastry brush to brush some egg onto the pastry.  
  • Sprinkle the pastry with almonds then use a sharp knife to make a few diagonal slits in the top of the pastry.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.  
  • Let cool then sprinkle with powdered sugar. 
  • To serve, cut crosswise into six pieces.  

Notes

Strudels may be made then frozen before baking or you may freeze the dough and make the jam in advance. 
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