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Easy Braided Apple-Walnut Strudel

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Easy Braided Apple Walnut Strudel
Jessica Harlan

This braided breakfast pastry isn't nearly as complicated as it looks. Like the recipe for Easy Fruit Strudel, you can easily keep the ingredients on had for last-minute brunches or tea times.

Special Cooking Equipment Needed:Rolling pin, pastry brush, pastry cutter (or use a knife)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup canned apple pie filling
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, room temperature
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sugar or raw sugar

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F. In a bowl stir together the pecans and the apple pie filling. In another bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Set both mixtures aside.

  2. On a work surface dusted with flour, carefully unfold the puff pastry. With a rolling pin, roll out the pastry to form a rectangle about 12 inches long and 9 inches wide, being careful that the pastry doesn't stick to the surface.

  3. Using a knife or a pastry cutter, cut slits along the long sides of the pastry. The slits should be 1 inch apart, and as deep as the outer thirds of the pastry, leaving the middle third uncut.

  4. Spread the apple-nut mixture along the length of the center of the dough, leaving about a half-inch on either end. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the filling.

  5. Beginning with one short end, form the braid: Fold the half-inch edge of dough over the filling. Then fold the first strip on the right over the filling at a slight angle. Fold the first strip on the left over the filling, overlapping the first strip. Continue folding strips of dough from alternate sides to form a braided pattern. When you get to the top, fold the edge of the dough over the filling, tucking it under the braided strips. Using two spatulas, carefully transfer the braid to a parchment-covered baking sheet.

  6. With a pastry brush, lightly brush the egg mixture over the braid. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400˚F until the pastry is golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing into 8 pieces. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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