Easy Fruit Strudel Recipe

Cherry strudel
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  • 25 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 strudels (8 to 12 servings)

This easy fruit strudel recipe is quick to assemble using puff pastry, pie filling, and a simple vanilla icing drizzle. 

Keep the ingredients on hand and you'll always have a quick snack to prepare for unexpected guests. This fruit strudel recipe is particularly good with cherry filling but try it with apple, blueberry or raspberry filling. If you like this recipe, also try this easy braided apple-walnut strudel recipe.

Cooking equipment needed: rolling pin, mixing bowl, whisk, sharp knife or pizza cutter, parchment paper, baking sheet, fork, pastry brush,​ ​measuring cups, measuring spoons

What You'll Need

  • 1 (1.1-pound) package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets, thawed)
  • 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling (or any other desired flavor)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup  confectioners' sugar (sifted)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk (whole)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

How to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. On a smooth surface lightly dusted with flour, unfold puff pastry sheets and roll them out to a rectangle, about 12x10 inches.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and 1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash and set aside.
  4. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut each piece lengthwise down the middle. Place one half of each piece of pastry on a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread half the pie filling down the middle of each piece (about 1 1/4 cups on each), leaving about 1-inch border along each edge.
  1. With a fork, prick the exposed dough every few inches to keep dough from puffing up too much (this is called docking). Brush the egg wash mixture along the exposed border of the fruit-covered pastry.
  2. Dock the other pieces of pastry and place each on top of the fruit-covered pastry, pressing firmly along the edges to seal. Brush egg wash over each pastry.
  3. Using a very sharp knife or a lame (a razor-like tool used for bread baking) to cut diagonal slits in the top pastry every 2 inches or so over the filling. Place pastry in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until just golden.
  4. While pastry is baking, place the confectioners' sugar in a small bowl. In a measuring cup, combine the milk and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture gradually into the sugar, whisking with a fork or a small mix. Add just enough milk to make a thick icing that forms thick ribbons when you let it drip off the fork or whisk.
  5. When pastries are done, cool on the baking sheet for 5 to 10 minutes. While still warm, drizzle the icing with a spoon over the strudels. Cool completely and cut each into 8 strips.