Coffee tastes so much better with a treat along side it, doesn’t it?
I’ve made this strudel a few times now, and it just keeps getting better. The first time, I just used a can of pillsbury crescent rolls for the dough. It was fine, but doesn’t even compare to homemade!
This dough comes together like a pie crust, but the cream cheese in it makes it rich and very easy to work with. I like to use my homemade raspberry freezer jam when I make this, but you could really use any type or flavor of jam. And the almond glaze just puts this treat over the top!
Preheat the oven to 425ºF. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter and cream cheese with a pastry cutter or a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Pour 1/2 cup milk over the flour/butter mixture and stir together with a fork until everything is just combined and a the dough holds together when you pinch some in your fingers.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead 4-5 times until it has come together and formed a ball. Roll the dough out to an 8″x12″ rectangle and transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Mark the dough in thirds lengthwise (use the back of a knife… don’t cut all the way through!). Spread the jam over the center section. Make diagonal cuts about an inch or two apart down both sides, and fold the strips over each other to make a braided pattern over the jam. (At this point, I usually brush the top of the dough with a lightly beaten egg or some cream to help the top brown and give it a prettier look. Completely optional though!)
Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the dough is cooked through and lightly browned on top.
While the strudel cools a bit, make the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and extract. Drizzle the glaze over the strudel, cut into strips and serve with a mug of strong coffee! :o) (This recipe makes about 4-6 servings… or 2 servings if any one of the people you are serving is pregnant!) ;o)
This could easily be made ahead and frozen. Just let it thaw and pop it into a 350ºF oven for a few minutes to warm it back up!