Apple Rasberry Strudel

Apple and raspberry strudels

Category: Dessert | Serves: Makes 2 strudels

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients

1 eating apple, such as Braeburn (about 150g/5 1/2oz total unprepared weight)

55g (2oz) frozen or fresh raspberries (see Cook’s tips)

2 tsp light soft brown sugar

25g (1oz) sultanas

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 large sheets of chilled fresh (or frozen, defrosted) filo pastry (each sheet about 48x25cm/19x10in in size)

Rapeseed oil, for brushing

1/2 tsp icing sugar, for dusting (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan/gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper; set aside. Peel, core and slice apple; combine apple slices, raspberries, brown sugar, sultanas and cinnamon in a bowl, stirring to mix. Set aside.
  2. Cut each sheet of filo pastry widthways into thirds, so you end up with 6 smaller rectangular pieces of filo. Lightly brush 3 pieces of filo with rapeseed oil; layer oiled filo pieces on top of each other on a sheet of non-stick baking paper. Repeat with remaining 3 pieces of filo to make 2 stacks of pastry.
  3. Spoon some apple mixture down the centre of each stack of pastry, dividing it evenly and leaving a good border uncovered all around edge of each pastry stack. For each strudel, fold short edges of pastry over fruit mixture; fold long edges over mixture to enclose filling completely and pinch edges together to seal. Turn over and place strudels, seam-side down, on to prepared baking sheet. Brush lightly with a little oil.
  4. Bake in oven for 20–25 minutes or until pastry is crisp and golden brown. Remove from oven; dust with icing sugar (if using) and serve.

Cook's tips

  • If using frozen raspberries, weigh out 55g (2oz) frozen raspberries; leave to defrost at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Drain off excess juice before combining raspberries with other filling ingredients.
  • Try using frozen or fresh blackberries or blueberries instead of the raspberries.
  • Finely grated lemon zest or ground mixed spice is a good substitute for the cinnamon.
  • Chopped dried apricots make a tasty alternative to the sultanas.

Nutritional information

Apple Raspberry Strudels