Apple Strudel with Pear is a fresh apple and pear filling with a little cinnamon surrounded by a crisp dough makes a deliciously, light dessert.
It was surprisingly easy to make a healthy apple strudel. Phyllo dough is naturally low-fat. The issue is the amount of butter you use between layers of phyllo and the amount of sugar in the filing. Happily, both are fairly easy to combat. Right now apples and pears are beautifully sweet on their own. They are in season and at their peak. So you don’t need to add much sugar to make this a sweet dessert. I also swapped out the butter for cooking spray. Yes, cooking spray still adds some fat and calories but just spray lightly.
There is a fantastic German restaurant in Cocoa Beach, FL that we love to go to when in town. They have the most fabulous food from the wonderful salad to the schnitzel to their strudel. I really wanted to make a strudel that would do justice to my memory of theirs minus the raisins. Have I told you all how much I hate raisins? Oh I could go on and on but I won’t. If you love raisins, throw in a handful. You won’t see a raisin at our house. None of us like them. YUCK!
I surprisingly don’t remember eating strudel while in Germany as a kid. I know SHOCKING! How is it that I don’t remember something I ate? I usually remember most of the details. I certainly remember my apple strudel adventures later in life. There were unfortunately more bad than good apple strudel. Most were too sweet or with too many raisins or too much phyllo. Mine is a nice balance. The in season apples and pears provide a nice sweetness of their own so I only needed 5 tablespoons of brown sugar to make two apple strudels.
I threw in a little lime juice and zest to mix it up a little and used whole wheat flour as my thickener rather than white flour. You can make these ahead of time and serve them at room temperature. You can also reheat them and serve with a little scoop of ice cream. Anyway you eat your apple strudel, it is delicious.
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Apple Strudel with Pear
- 2 granny smith apples peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- 1 pear peeled, cored and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
- Zest of a lime
- 5 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 3 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch nutmeg
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 12 phyllo dough sheets
- Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 375º.
In a large bowl, mix together the apples, pear, lime zest, sugar, lime juice, flour, cinnamon, vanilla extract, nutmeg and salt.
Lay out the phyllo dough and cover with a damp paper towel. Be sure to cover the phyllo again every time you take a sheet off.
Lay out one sheet of phyllo with the long side horizontal to you. Spray it lightly with cooking spray. Lay another on top and spray lightly. Repeat 4 more times for a total of 6 layers of dough.
Place half the apple mixture down the middle of the sheet leaving a 1 inch border on each end.
Fold over the ends of the dough onto the apples. Then fold the front portion of the phyllo over the apple mixture and roll up tightly (like a burrito).
Place strudel on a baking sheet.
Repeat steps 4 - 7 again with another 6 sheets and the rest of the apple mixture.
Lightly spray the top of the strudel with cooking spray.
Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool then serve.
I calculated 5 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.
Happy Healthy Eating,
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