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Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving Dish #5 - Strudel with Phyllo dough

Finally. Last, but not least. No meal would be complete without dessert. As much as I wanted to make pie, I wasn't going to make pie this year. I already had a full menu and I wanted to try and spend a little time in the kitchen and still enjoy the cooking. I had seen something similar to this on one of those Food Network Challenge show. It was the Thanksgiving episode. One of the contestants made a strudel using phyllo dough that she had made herself. It was a cool process to see homemade phyllo dough. Though I wouldn't really attempt to make my own. I wasn't quite clearly paying attention to what ingredients she made the filling with , but I remember vaguely bits and pieces of it.

For mine, I used a combination of chopped walnut, crushed pistachios and cranberry sauce. With a nice little mix of cinnamon-sugar. Tangy and sweet would be the two words that come to mind with this dessert. THe nice crisp crunch of the phyllo dough when you bite into it. Be sure to let it off off a bit before taking a bite or you'll burn your tongue like I did. I was hungry and eager by that point. It's a nice way to end a meal, too. Kind of gets rid of that meaty herby taste of the chicken. Deliciousness.

Strudel with Phyllo dough

4 12-inch sheets of phyllo dough
2 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 c chopped pistachios
1 c chopped walnuts
1 c cranberry jam or sauce
egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water)

Preheat your oven to 350˚F. Combine the cinnamon, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix well and set aside.

Lay out two phyllo dough on a flat surface. Cover the rest with a damp paper towel to keep it from drying out. Layout two sheets of the phyllo dough, one on top of the other. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon mixture over and spread it evenly all over. Sprinkle half the walnuts and half the pistachios. evenly distribute the cranberry sauce over various areas.

Then, carefully roll the phyllo dough from one end to the other. Gently lifting one end as to not tear the sheets. Try to roll them as tight as possible to prevent from spilling the filling.  Cut into even smaller pieces and place onto a baking sheet. Baste with the egg wash and place on a baking sheet.

Repeat the process with the other two sheets of phyllo dough. Bake for 10-15 minutes until the phyllo dough has lightly browned. Serve warm.


lisaiscooking said...

Great alternative to a pie! The filling sounds delicious and perfect for fall.

tinyskillet said...

It looks wonderful, what a great idea for Thanksgiving dessert!

Unknown said...

Ooooh, I totally want this. It looks absolutely delicious.
*kisses* HH

CDC said...

looks amazing, and such a great idea/alternative to pie!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Great dessert! I haven't worked with phyllo dough for a while. I think I'll have to borrow your recipe!

Reeni said...

I didn't want to make pie either! All those flaky layers and the filling is scrumptious!

teresa said...

mmm, i'm not a huge pie person, so i'd be thrilled for a treat like this!

Unknown said...

Ooh - this looks delicious!

chow and chatter said...

oh this looks great and a fun dessert

sophia said...

You're making me want Thanksgiving to come back, with all your TG posts!! What a stellar ending to a truly stunning meal! I have yet to deal with phyllo dough yet...they seem very tricky to me!

OysterCulture said...

I make a cookie similar to this and its not the holiday season with out it. I love the phyllo dough idea, Thanks for sharing.

Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves said...

That's not a Thanksgiving dish, that's a whenever dish! I think I'll try to sucker...erm, I mean ask the hubby to make this one!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Yummy! Can you come to NY and make me one...haha :)

Anonymous said...

A lovely dessert! The filling with the cranberry sauce and nuts sounds so yummy!

Ameena said...

Phyllo dough and I have a hate-hate relationship. I cannot deal with it for the life of me. So I am equally impressed with your ability to come up with this wonderful strudel and actually wrestle with the phyllo!

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