Sunday 24 January 2010

Cherry & Cream Cheese Strudel

There is something about desserts using morello cherries that makes me go weak at the knees - although slightly sour, when combined with a few simple ingredients they are little superstars! I bought a jar of morello cherries during the week and thought it was the perfect opportunity to use a recipe I had bookmarked online a little while ago.

This Hungarian recipe combines morello cherries, cream cheese, ricotta, flaky pastry and crunchy toasted almonds... delicious!

I was unable to find large sheets of filo pastry like the ones used in the video, so I used a smaller square size. Because of this, I had enough cheese filling and cherries for two strudel rolls.

The recipe and instructional video can be found here. If you are thinking of trying this recipe out, here are a few tips:
  • I used 3 level tablespoons of caster sugar as I felt the cheese mixture needed it in order to balance the sourness of the cherries.
  • This recipe calls for clarified butter (or 'ghee'). You can make this yourself easily- just melt the butter and let the white sediment settle. The clear yellow liquid is the clarified part, so just dip your pastry brush into this and use as required.
  • This strudel is best made close to serving time to ensure the pastry remains crispy - over time it will absorb the moisture of the cherry and cheese mixture.
Along with a dollop of double cream, this strudel is an excellent choice for a special morning/afternoon tea at home. May you go weak at the knees over cherries!

Enjoy :)

Ladybird x


  1. Yummm... morello cherries are delightful. It's a pity I can never find them around Sydney. Where did you get them?

  2. oh I LOVE Cherry strudel. So delicious

  3. Mmmm, my (Hungarian) grandma makes the BEST strudel, but yours looks prettier! :)

  4. Oh gosh, that looks so yum! I love cherries in sweets and they would go perfect with the cream cheese.


  5. Hi Everyone - thanks for your comments :) I am always delighted to read them.

    Trissa - I bought my Morello cherries at the new Coles on Dank St, Waterloo. Hope they still have them because I will be back for more!

  6. I'm with you on morello cherries. I don't usually like sour things but morello cherries are an emphatic exception! :D

  7. ahhh ohmygosh thiss looks SO delicious- thanks for sharing!
    and gorgeousss blogg- will definitely be back again visiting SOON!

  8. This looks amazing! I love, love cherries. Thanks for sharing :)

  9. looks delicious :)

    i think this is something i'll have to try.
    great recipe!


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