You know what I need at the advent of Fall? A freakishly amazing strudel to knock me down on my knees and make me beg for mercy. It's a sick obsession...and I tell you there needs to be some kind of community intervention. I need to be locked in a room without an oven for a few weeks when the apples are this beautiful and the pastry is just begging to be filled with all kinds of romance. Evil freak-of-nature. How can I live with myself creating this stuff and then...not eating it?! You know what? I gave this entire confection away! Yup...be impressed.
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough ( as I haven't done the tutorial for puff pastry yet I'm seriously not doing it today. So...ya know...this is the easy version here).
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sundried cherries
1/2 cup dried blueberries
juice and zest of one orange
1T Chef Tess Wise Women of the East Spice and Floral Blend
20 drops stevia natural sweetner (or 1/2 cup sugar)
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup melted butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Remove pastry sheet from wrapper. Seriously I know...this is the cheater method. You can make your own pastry if you want. I usually do...but how much can I do in one post? Seriously. Put the dough on a lightly floured counter top.
Chef Tess Wise Women of the East Spice and Floral Blend. Add the stevia here too.
Transfer the strudel onto a baking sheet and put in the center of the preheated 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.
It will look like this...
Now, I actually took a micro-zest to an extra lemon and then mixed the zest with a tablespoon of vanilla honey. With a pastry brush, while pastry is still hot, spread the honey over the entire confection.
Quick...while you still have some will power left...call a good friend and walk it over. Go!