Decadence...This is my first "blue ribbon winner"!! I can honestly tell you, this is beyond decadence, this is "totally rockin"!!!
First the luscious homemade cranberry sauce, cookie crumbles and then the decadent pie dough!!
You will be running to your oven to check on these goodies... "oh wait, that's me"! Cannot wait for them to cool and then slice into these luscious gems and add some vanilla ice cream right next to it. Why? Well hello just because!!
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;
1 pkg (12 Oz) fresh cranberries
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. Ground cloves
1/4 tsp. Ground nutmeg
1/2 cups water
Zest of one lemon (or orange)
Cookie Strudel Remainder:
10 shortbread cookies or 8 oatmeal raisin cookies, crumbled (1-1/2 cups)
2 tsp grated orange zest
1/4 stick unsalted butter (divided)
2 pre-made pie crusts.
1/2 cup decorative sugar crystals
1 egg white, beat till frothy
1 tbsp water
-Prepare your cranberry sauce. In a pot add your cranberries, spices, zest and water.
-Let simmer for approximately 25 minutes or till all the sugar has dissolved and most of the cranberries have popped. Turn off heat and let cool.
-As cranberry sauce is cooking, in a mini food chopper let's process our cookies. Set aside.
-Let's unroll and shape our pie dough shall we? Shape into a rectangle shape. Set aside.
-Once cranberry sauce has cooled, it's time to prepare our strudel.
-Spread 1/2 of the (1/4 stick butter) all over the pie crust. Add 1/4 of cookie crumbs in a center line vertically. Then add half of your cranberry sauce, add 1/2 of your reserved orange zest- reserve the other 1/2 for the second strudel. Top with another 1/4th of the cookie mixture.
Working from the end closest to you, roll the pie crust away from you and up and over the cranberry sauce. Let's tuck in ends. Now last but not least, working with dough furthest away from you, fold over towards you, over the middle meeting the other dough, seal as best you can. Just like a burrito! Using a spatula, lift strudel and place SEAM SIDE DOWN on an aluminum foil lined, pre-sprayed baking sheet.
-Preheat oven to 375F.
-Beat your egg white with 1 tbsp of water till nice and frothy.
-Baste your strudel logs with the egg white mixture. Sprinkle your crystallized sugar over the strudel logs, making sure all areas are coated. Using a sharp knife, make 4-5 slits into each log ensuring it will allow the steam to escape.
-Bake for 30 - 35 minutes till nicely golden brown. Remove from oven, and let sit on baking sheet till cool, about 25 minutes.
-Serve with your favorite side... sit back and just reign in the compliments!!
Till next time!!
Dishin with Didi
This recipe is part of the "Foodie Friends Friday" link up, found here: foodie friends friday
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