Friday, March 3, 2017

Apple-Cranberry-Pecan Strudels

Sometimes I have ingredients in the house that I kind of forget about, but need to be used soon.  So it happened this past weekend when I was inventorying my kitchen and discovered that I have everything needed to make beautiful, delicious apple strudels!  I always love a good, fresh strudel and so does my family.  These turned out super delicious and we enjoyed them with some vanilla ice cream on top.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 lbs apples, shredded (keep peel on and shred until reaching core, which will be discarded)
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 cup dried cranberries
-1/2 cup pecan chips
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 tsp rum extract
-1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
-15 phyllo dough sheets, thawed according to package directions
For Topping:
-1 Tbs sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
-vanilla ice cream, optional
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
In a large bowl, combine the shredded apples, sugar, cranberries, pecans, vanilla and rum.  Mix very well and set aside.
Using some of the melted butter, brush the bottom of 9x13 pan.  Top with one phyllo dough sheet.  Brush its top with butter. Repeat until you have 5 sheets all buttered.  Top with half of the apple mixture (make sure to not add any of the juice from the bowl).  Top apple mixture with 5 more phyllo sheets, brushing each of them with butter.  Top with remaining apple mixture and the remaining 5 sheets (brushed with butter).
Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top.  Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.  Cut into pieces and top with some vanilla ice cream, if desired.  YUM!  Enjoy!

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