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Nutty Apple Cheese Strudel

Nutty Apple Cheese Strudel

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  • Makes: 10 to 12 servings
  • Prep 45 mins
  • Bake 15 mins
  • Bake 35 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Strudel Pastry (see recipe below)
  • 1 8 - ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled baking apples (about 2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup broken walnuts
  • Sugar

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Cut into wedges. Serve warm. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Strudel Pastry

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 6 - 7 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions

  1. 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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