All across Wisconsin, Scandinavian and German bakeries start firing up with the onset of crisp, cool autumn days; the lines soon grow long for fresh fall-fruit pastries. For most of us, rich strudel wouldn't be an everyday affair. But with walnut oil (instead of copious amounts of butter) and fresh pears, it can, nevertheless, become a decadence-free indulgence, perfect for your next dinner party. Serve it with frozen nonfat vanilla yogurt or vanilla crème anglaise. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

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  • Combine pears, dried cranberries, 1/4 cup sugar, orange zest and orange juice in a medium bowl.

  • Unroll phyllo 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. (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.

  • Mound the pear filling in a long 3-inch-wide 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 tightly, to allow 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.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Transfer frozen phyllo dough to the refrigerator to thaw the day before baking.

Shopping tip: The best pears for this strudel are firm yet ripe ones. Remember the cardinal rule for fruit: if it doesn't smell like anything, it won't taste like anything.

Ingredient Note: Walnut oil has a delightful nutty flavor and boasts a high ratio of monounsaturated fats. You can find it in many supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store it in the refrigerator.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; 7.8 g total fat; 0.7 g saturated fat; 120 mg sodium. 89 mg potassium; 34.8 g carbohydrates; 2.9 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 2.3 g protein; 22 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 10 mcg folate; 12 mg calcium; 6 mg magnesium; 9 g added sugar;

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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I had left over phyllo sheets from another recipe and wanted to use them up. It was fairly easy to make and very good. I used 9x14in phyllo sheets and couldn't fit all the apple mixture. (I used the apples instead of pears) I only used half of the mixture. However since the recipe needed only 8 sheets I still have a lot of phyllo sheets left though... (The box had 40 sheets of phyllo) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I liked the change of using walnut oil instead of melted butter on the phyllo sheets. I only had bartlett pears and they were a little too juicy after adding the orange juice and sugar so I added a handful of the breadcrumbs to the pear mixture to soak up some of the juice. 2 pears would have been enough. Will use the walnut oil technique on other phyllo recipes. Read More