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Apple and passionfruit strudel with strawberry sauce

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Apple strudel

Apple strudel with strawberry sauce

Apple strudel

A perfect recipe for the novice baker, pick up some pre-made filo pastry for this lovely apple and passionfruit strudel recipe.

I love serving this strudel with a splash of colorful strawberry sauce for a burst of tart sweetness and a dollop of vanilla ice-cream that brings the flavors and textures together.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 green apples
  • Pulp from three passionfruit or 1/4 cup of canned passionfruit pulp
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 6 sheets of filo pastry
  • Oil cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • ***Strawberry sauce***
  • 20 ounces (570g) strawberries, washed, hulled & halved
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Vanilla ice-cream

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C). Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Soak currants in Grand Marnier for 15 minutes. Drain and reserve liquid.
  3. Peel and core apples. Cut into small, evenly sized cubes. Place apples into a bowl with passionfruit pulp, lemon juice, zest, currants, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Stir gently with a wooden spoon until combined.
  4. Place a sheet of filo onto a workbench. Spray with cooking oil. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs. Top with another sheet of filo pastry and continue to layer with filo and breadcrumbs until you have six layers.
  5. Spoon apple mixture neatly along the long edge of filo, leaving a 1" border at the short ends.
  6. Fold ends in and gently roll up. Lift onto prepared tray and place seam side down. Spray with cooking oil and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until pastry is golden.
  7. Meanwhile, make the strawberry sauce. Place the strawberries in a saucepan with 3 tablespoons of water. Heat over a medium-high heat. After 2 minutes add reserved Grand Marnier liquid. Turn heat down to medium and let strawberries release their liquid and stew for about 10 minutes. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth. Pass through a sieve and reserve strawberry sauce in a bowl until needed. Discard pulp.
  8. After 45 minutes, remove strudel from oven and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Slice and dust with icing sugar. Drizzle on some strawberry sauce and serve with a dollop of ice-cream or yogurt.
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