Cranberry Apple Strudel

Nancy Piran | The Bitter Side of Sweet
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Cranberry apple strudel is a wintery way to enjoy your breakfast! Bake it up for a cozy treat.

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Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to enjoy cranberries! Some people seem to think that certain foods can only be eaten at certain holidays.

Like turkey at Thanksgiving. I love turkey! Why can’t I eat it all year round? Or peppermint. Maybe in June I really want a peppermint hot chocolate. What’s wrong with that?

Exactly, nothing. Nothing is wrong with these flavors all year round, in my opinion.

Cranberry Apple Strudel Picture

I feel like cranberries get a bad wrap. We tend to associate it with the sauce that comes from a can that doesn’t look appetizing. Me being one of those people. That is what my mother served during the holidays, and it always looked down right disgusting.

Then I grew up and discovered recipes and uses of cranberries beyond the can. Some of my favorite ways to use cranberries are in these cranberry pecan muffins or orange cranberry turnovers. Seriously life changing, earthy moving recipes!

So now that Thanksgiving is over and we are moving on to the next holiday, I wanted to make sure I shared this strudel with you.

The first time I ever had a strudel was in Italy. My mother in-law made it for us while we were visiting. That was years ago, and it has taken me this long to make one for myself.

Cranberry Apple Strudel Image

Hers did not include cranberries, but it did include apples and nuts. Strudels are so versatile that you can basically put inside whatever fruit or berry you would like. Apple tends to be the most popular fruit, but you can use cherries, raisins, apricots and plums.

Putting this together was super simple. All that I had to do was make my mixture. Cut the puff pastry; place the mixture down the center of the pastry. Fold the strips over and bake!

It may seem complicated because of the way you need to cut the puff pastry and fold it over but it really isn’t!

I also allowed my dessert to cool completely before I cut into it because I knew the juices would run out and probably make a mess. This cranberry apple strudel can even be made the day before. ENJOY!

Cranberry Apple Strudel Recipe

    12 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry, Thawed
  • 1 cup Cranberries, Washed
  • 3 Yellow Apples, Peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Egg Wash

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. Roll sheet into rectangle. Place on baking sheet. Cut slits 1 inch apart down each side.
  3. In bowl combine cranberries, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour and vanilla.
  4. Spoon mixture down the center of the pastry.
  5. Starting at the top fold over the top of the pastry, then crisscross each strip to cover the mixture.
  6. Fold in the bottom in before finishing the last two strips.
  7. Brush with egg wash.
  8. Place in over and cook for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Allow to completely cool. Cut and ENJOY!

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Nancy has been writing about good food on The Bitter Side of Sweet for years now. We're pretty stoked that she's our Puff Pastry fanatic, because it's about to get deliciously epic.