Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pear & Almond Strudel



I have been craving strudel lately, must be a fall thing.

As you know by now, I always keep a few sheets of frozen puff pastry in the freezer for these "strudel craving emergencies", as well as for quick tart and appetizer recipes.

Frozen puff pastry is the best thing invented.

I had one pear sitting around, a Red Anjou, hoping to find something to use him in.



Pears and almonds go nicely together, like apples and walnuts do. Feel free to make this strudel w/ any fruit and any nut. It is quick and easy and when you take it out for company, looks very impressive.

Stacey's Pear & Almond Strudel:

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 large pear, peeled and sliced super thin
2 tbsp crushed sliced almonds (I crushed them over the bowl of apples w/ my hand)
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp currants (you can substitute raisins)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 egg for the egg wash

Roll out the defrosted puff pastry to form a rectangle and lay on a baking sheet.
You don't need to grease it, because the butter in the pastry will be enough.
Place sheet in the fridge while you are preparing the filling.

Cut your pear into slices as thinly as possible, then cut the slices again in half, so you have little thin pieces of pear.

Place the pear pieces in a bowl and add the currants, crushed sliced almonds, sugar and cinnamon and pour melted butter over all. Mix lightly to coat the fruit with the sugar butter mixture.

Lay the fruit mixture down the center of the rectangle pastry and neatly fold up both ends to meet in the middle. Flip the strudel over on the baking sheet, so the seam side is laying flat down.



Brush with an egg wash and cut slits down the center of the rectangle for venting.



Sprinkle the top with turbinado (raw) sugar.



Bake in a 400F oven for 17-20 minutes, watching so it doesn't burn.

Remove from the baking sheet to a cutting board and let cool 10 minutes before slicing with a serrated knife.



Serve w/ ice cream and enjoy!

DELICIOUS and EASY!

9 comments:

Laura Keller said...

This looks beautiful, like something you'd find in a fancy bakery... And so easy to make! Gotta love puff pastry! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa said...

Looks delicious! I really need to keep some puff pastry in my freezer.

Denise Michaels - Adventurous Foodie said...

I bought some pears a few days ago and have been thinking - what to do - what to do? When I saw the picture of the strudel here I thought - looks good, but what about making the pastry? YAYYY! Frozen puff pastry to the rescue. I'm going to give this idea a shot with a few of my own adaptations. Of course pears and almonds are one of those classic, French flavor pairings.

The Food Hunter said...

You make a really nice looking strudel. Love the combination of almond and pears.

sixty-five said...

Just discovered your delightful blog and happened to have all the ingredients for this on hand. Fabulous! Couldn't believe ONE PEAR would stretch that far, but this would easily serve four or more. Thanks!

Jen_from_NJ said...

Your strudel looks perfect! I love how easy it is to make - thanks for another great idea!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I just bought some puff pastry from Whole Foods and am saving it for just the right recipe. I've been thinking "strudel". Looks good for someone who says she doesn't like to bake.
PS: Did you know that the major brand that sells puff pastry doesn't even have butter in it? I was shocked when I read the label.
Just sayin'....

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yummy!

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