I have fancied the idea of making a strudel recently, its another one of those things that brings me back to my childhood and is a lovely combination of autumnal flavours. Mine just happen to be pears and pecans but you could of course do a more traditional apple strudel. Its great served warm from the oven with custard but I also love a thin slice for breakfast. I store it in an airtight contain in the fridge and it keeps for a few days.
Recipe adapted slightly from domestic sluttery
You will need-
- 1 pack of filo pastry- don't use frozen as it breaks too easily
- 5-6 pears on the firm side, peeled, cored and cubes
- Handful of pecan nuts- I smashed them up a little in my pestle and mortar
- Handful of raisins
- Drizzle of maple syrup
- 40g brown sugar
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- Melted butter for brushing
Begin by pre-heating your oven to 180C. Add the pears, pecans, raisins, sugar, maple syrup, lemon zest, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg to a medium size saucepan and simmer gently on a low heat for 5-10 minutes.
Whilst the mixture is simmering unpack the filo pastry and 1 by 1 brush with the melted butter and then lay it into a loaf tin. Keep going until you have used up the pastry. If its a particularly large pack of filo then stop after 6 sheets.
Pour the mixture into the tin and then cover with the filo. Brush more butter across the top and bake in the oven for 30-40minutes until golden brown and crispy.