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Cranberry-Pear Strudel

Cranberry-Pear Strudel

  • 3 large pears (Anjou or other firm, ripe pear), peeled and sliced thin
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (defrost as directed)
  • ¼ cup plain dry breadcrumbs
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • Optional: small amount of confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar), for dusting

Serves: 10

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine the sliced pears, dried cranberries, ¼ cup sugar, orange zest and orange juice in a medium bowl. Unroll the defrosted phyllo dough onto a clean, dry surface. Cover with a sheet of wax paper and then a damp kitchen towel. Place a dry kitchen towel with a long edge toward you on the work surface. Sprinkle the towel lightly with breadcrumbs. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo on the towel.  Important tip: Keep the stack of phyllo sheets covered to prevent them from drying out while you work. Starting at the center and working toward the edges, lightly brush the phyllo sheet with oil. Sprinkle lightly with breadcrumbs. Lay another sheet of phyllo on top; brush with oil and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Repeat with 5 of the remaining sheets of phyllo. Lay the last sheet on top and brush with oil. Using a spoon, mound the pear filling in a long strip on the phyllo stack, leaving a 2-inch border at the bottom and sides. Fold the short edges in and, starting at the long edge nearest you, roll the filling and phyllo into a cylinder, using the towel to help lift as you roll. Roll up firmly - but not too tight, as you want to leave a little room for expansion. Brush the strudel with oil and sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar. Carefully transfer the strudel to the prepared baking sheet, placing it seam-side down. Poke several steam vents in the top using the tip of a sharp knife. Bake the strudel until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Just before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar if desired.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving):
Calories: 214 kcal
Carbs: 35 g
Protein: 2 g
Sodium: 120 mg

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