Pear and Dried Fruit Strudel

READY IN: 1hr 45mins
YIELD: 1 strudel




  • Dough: Mix flour, sugar, and salt in food processor fitted with steel blade. Add butter; pulse 5 times. Add shortening; pulse until butter bits are no larger than small peas and flour resembles cornmeal, about 4 more pulses. Mix sour cream with 1/3 cup cold water; add to flour mixture. Pulse until dough begins to clump, adding more water, 1 teaspoonful at a time, if dough does not start to come together.
  • Gather dough together and transfer to lightly floured surface; turn pastry Wrap folded dough in plastic and chill at least 1 hour. (Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 6 weeks.).
  • For the Filling: Combine dried fruits and citrus zests in large bowl. Pour brandy over fruit and stir to combine. Set aside to soak for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Toss lemon juice with pears to prevent browning. Add pears to dried fruit mixture along with honey, gingersnaps, and spices. Stir gently to combine.
  • To Assemble the Strudel, roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to form a 14-by-16-inch rectangle about 1/8-inch thick. Trim off rough edges. Divide rectangle in half, forming two 14-by-8-inch rectangles. Working with one rectangle at a time, brush short edges lightly with cold water. Spoon half of filling in a narrow strip down center of rectangle, leaving about 2 inches uncovered at short ends .
  • Fold one long side of pastry up and over filling. Brush upper edge lightly with cold water, then bring other side up, overlapping slightly; press gently to seal With sides of your palms, press filling toward center to keep it compact. Trim off ends of pastry if necessary, leaving about 1 1/2 inches at each end. Bring ends of pastry up and press gently onto top surface.
  • Adjust oven rack to center position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Place a baking sheet covered with parchment next to pastry. Gently ease strudel, seam side down, onto sheet Repeat process with other strudel, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Chill briefly while oven preheats.
  • Brush strudels with cream, then sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake until pastry is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Cool strudels on baking sheet set on a wire rack until no longer hot. (Strudel can be baked up to 3 hours before needed and warmed at serving time.).
  • To serve, dust with confectioners' sugar and cut into 2-inch slices. Place slices on plates.