STRAWBERRY AND CREAM CHEESE STRUDEL

INGREDIENTS

1 sheet store bought puff pastry thawed to package directions
Strawberry Sauce
2 C chopped strawberries
1/4 C white sugar
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp cornstarch
Cream Cheese Filling
8 oz cream cheese room temperature
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Egg Wash
1 large egg
1 tsp cold water
Topping
coarse sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Thawing the Puff Pastry

Thaw the puff pastry sheet as per packages directions. Some say thaw on the counter for 2 hours or you can leave it to thaw in the fridge over night.

Strawberry Sauce

Wash, haul, and chop two cups worth of strawberries.

In a small pot add the strawberries, water, white sugar, and cornstarch. Stir until cornstarch is dissolved.
Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once simmering cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before adding it to the strudel.

Cream Cheese Filling

In a large bowl mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Set aside.

Assembling the Strudel

Preheat oven to 400 F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unfold the thawed puff pastry and lay it on the lined baking tray. Fold it in thirds so you have a clean indication of where the middle section is.

Add the cream cheese mixture into the centre section of the puff pastry. Using a spatula evenly spread the mixture to cover the entire centre area. Leave a small amount of space at the bottom and top edges so you have room to fold.

Add the strawberry sauce on top of the cream cheese.

Cut 1/2 inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough. Remove the two strips at the top and two at the bottom to create a fold. (see pictures above)

Fold the top and bottom edge of the dough in towards the pastry. Fold slats of dough up over filling alternating sides to get a braided pattern. (See pictures above)

Egg Wash

Make the egg wash by beating the egg and cold water together in a small bowl. Use a basting brush to apply the egg wash all over the folded danish.

Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of the pastry.

Baking

Bake for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit on the pan until it cools slightly before enjoying.

NOTES

Best served warm right after baking.

Enjoy !!!

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