Easy Cherry Strudel
Strudel is part of Austrian cuisine, but it is also common in Central European cuisines. In a nutshell, this treat is a type of layered pastry that comes with a sweet filling made with apples, cherries, raisins, and many more.
I was surprised to learn that the history of strudel dates back to hundreds of years ago. At the time, this dish (made with apples) served as a simple yet satisfying meal for those who cannot afford expensive ingredients. But as years passed by, people started making strudels with different fillings.
The apple strudel became the national dish of Austria as well as the official state pastry of Texas. It was the Viennese, though, who made this dessert very famous with their thin layers of dough and sweet filling.
Instead of apple strudel, we are going to focus on cherry strudel, which is as delicious. It’s the perfect dessert and snack that you can serve when cherries are in season. You can serve it warm or cold. Either way, you’ll get to enjoy its amazing flavor that will surely satisfy your craving for sweets.
This recipe for Cherry Strudel is the real deal! It is sweet and truly delightful, plus it is super easy to pull together!
14 ounces pitted tart cherries
1/2 c. dried cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 tbsp butter
3 tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
1 package frozen puff pastry (thawed, about 17.3 ounces)
- Drain cherries and reserve about 1/3 cup of its juice.
- Combine the sugar, cherries, cranberries, and butter in a large saucepan and cook over medium heat.
- Combine cornstarch and reserved 1/3 cup of cherry juice and then add to the pan. Bring to a boil and cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Remove the pan from heat and stir in walnuts.
- Unfold one pastry sheet, cut in half, and mound the cherry mixture to within 1/2 inches of edges. Top with the other half of the pastry sheet and pinch edges to seal. Repeat steps with the remaining pastry and filling.
- Arrange the strudels on a greased baking sheet lined with foil.
- Cut diagonal slits into tops of strudels using a sharp knife and then brush with egg.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.
- You can replace the cranberries with raisins.
A Cherry Strudel is perfect all alone. Just dust it generously with powdered sugar. You can also serve it with fresh cherries or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. It would be good with whipped cream, too.
What Cherries Should I Use?
This recipe requires a can of pitted tart cherries, but you can definitely utilize frozen and defrosted cherries, too. Jarred cherries are fine as well. Or if you wish to use fresh cherries, you would have to macerate the fruits, which would be an extra step. It’s worth it, though.