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Nutty Apple Cheese Strudel

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  • Prepare the Strudel Pastry. Place the 15-inch circle in a 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pan so the dough hangs over the edges of the pan. Set aside.

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  • In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, the 6 tablespoons water, the 3 tablespoons sugar, and the egg with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Set aside.

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  • In a large saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup sugar, the cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the 2 tablespoons water; add apples. Cook and stir gently over low heat until apples are transparent and mixture is slightly thick.

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  • Spread the pastry in pan with half of the cream cheese mixture. Place an 8-1/2-inch circle of pastry on top. Spoon in all of the apple mixture, arranging slices evenly. Top with nuts.

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  • Add the remaining pastry circle. Spread with remaining cream cheese mixture. Fold the overhanging pastry toward the center, pleating edges as necessary to partially cover cream cheese layer.

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  • Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake about 35 minutes more or until crust is golden. Remove from oven. Sprinkle top with additional sugar.

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  • Cut into wedges. Serve warm. Makes 10 to 12 servings.


Strudel Pastry

Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in shortening until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over dry ingredients. Gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl. Repeat mixing in water until all is moistened. Stir in melted butter. Form dough into a ball (dough will be sticky). On lightly floured surface, roll half of dough into one 15-inch circle. Halve remaining dough. Roll each piece into an 8-1/2-inch circle.

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