Serve a warm and gooey cherry strudel – the ultimate fall dessert

Teeming with ripe, juicy cherries, this subtly sweet fruit filling is encased in crisp, flaky layers of phyllo pastry, and...

Teeming with ripe, juicy cherries, this subtly sweet fruit filling is encased in crisp, flaky layers of phyllo pastry, and a dusting of cinnamon, brown sugar, and almonds. “The sour cherry fruit spread makes this delicate and exquisite strudel a cinch to make.”

Ingredients

  • PC black label Ontario Montmorency Sour Cherry Fruit Spread
  • 1/2  Cup  dried cherries
  • 1  Tablespoon  all purpose flour
  • 1/2  Cup  sliced almonds
  • 1/3  Cup  dried bread crumbs
  • 2  Tablespoons  ground almonds
  • 1  Tablespoon  PC black label cinnamon spice
  • 1  Tablespoon  brown sugar
  • PC Phyllo Pastry, thawed
  • 1/3  Cup  PC black label Normandy Style unsalted cultured butter, melted
  • 1/4  Cup  icing sugar

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In bowl, combine fruit spread, dried cherries and flour. In another bowl, combine sliced almonds, breadcrumbs, ground almonds, cinnamon and brown sugar.

3. Lay one sheet of phyllo on baking sheet, keeping remaining phyllo sheets covered with a clean damp kitchen towel until ready to use. Brush phyllo with butter; sprinkle with one-sixth of the almond mixture. Repeat phyllo, butter and nut mixture layers, reserving a little butter, until all phyllo and nut mixture is used up.

4. Using small offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread cherry mixture evenly over top of phyllo layers, leaving a 1-inch (2.5 cm) border bare on all sides. Roll phyllo up lengthwise, jelly-roll style. Tuck ends underneath and brush seams with remaining butter. Place seam side down in the middle of prepared baking sheet. Using sharp knife, cut three equal slits across top of roll. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Let stand 15 minutes. Sprinkle with icing sugar and slice crosswise on the diagonal to serve.

Cherry Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Cherry Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.