Thursday, June 23, 2011

SUPER EASY CHERRY STRUDEL

This strudel is made with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pasty (from the freezer section) and it couldn't be easier. It slices beautifully and it is delicious served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, but it is also excellent at room temperature. It is a huge hit at our house!!


 
 
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (thawed)
(1) 14½ oz. can red tart pie cherries packed in water
¾ cup granulated sugar (divided)
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon corn starch
pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon almond extract
2 drops red food coloring (optional)

Drain the cherries (but save the juice).  Mix ½ cup of the juice from the cherries, with half of the sugar and all of the cornstarch and a pinch of salt.

Cook (constantly stirring) the juice mixture on medium heat for 3 or 4 minutes or until it gets ULTRA thick.  Remove from heat and stir in the rest of the sugar, the drained cherries and almond extract. Mix well and lay some plastic wrap on the surface of the hot mixture and chill for an hour (or until really cold).

CRUST
You can either let one sheet of puff pastry (a box comes with 2 sheets) thaw in the refrigerator overnight (thats the best) or you can speed thaw on the kitchen counter (I wrap it in plastic wrap) for about an hour. The box says 40 minutes, but it really is a lot easier to work with if you let it sit for an hour.

Dust your counter with a little flour and roll out the dough to a 12" x 16" rectangle.  Spread the cherry filling on one half (keep it about an inch away from the sides) like this:

 
 
Starting with the fruit end, just roll it up and crimp the ends.  Lay it on a parchment paper lined baking sheet (or spray with vegetable spray). and brush it all over with egg wash (1 egg beaten with a teaspoon of water). Sprinkle generously with granulated sugar and then cut a few slash marks across the top of the strudel (for venting) but don't cut too deep.

 
 
Bake in preheated 375 oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.  Makes one 12" strudel. Enjoy!!

NOTE: For those who aren't familiar with it, Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry is found in the freezer section of your grocery store, near the Cool Whip etc., it comes in a 17.3 ounce package that contains 2 sheets.

10 comments:

Mary said...

Delicious!

Jay said...

this is so easy n really nice recipe..:)
Tasty Appetite

Mary said...

Coleen, this really looks delicious. I love cherry filled pastry and I'm sure yours would be devoured in my home. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Donna said...

Coleen,
Thanks so much for this! I love strudel . But as much as I bake this alway seemed like to much work. You've made it a breeze and I will for sure make this. Bless you!!!!!
A big fan-Donna

Donna-FFW said...

What a fantastic, easy dessert. My kind of treat for sure. Thanks for the idea.

girlichef said...

I don't know what I would do without Pepp Farm Puff Pastry sheets! Oh wait, yes I do. Cry for lack of puff pastry cuz I'm far too lazy to make my own. This sounds delicious...cherry/almond anything is my fave =)

Peggy Clyde said...

My husband will thank me if I make anything with cherries. Puff pastry makes nice things. Thanks.

Kathleen said...

This looks beautiful and delicious!

b&b breakfast said...

Superb Posting ! That's Delicious Look

Katy ~ said...

I have been dreaming about this since I saw this post. I am trying so hard not to make it!