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Apple Strudel with Brandy Infused Cherries



Of course, if you're looking to elevate your apple strudel you can incorporate some special Michigan elements to make it even more delicious. Here's a version of the recipe with luxurious twists:


Ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • High-quality butter puff pastry (we love the Dufour brand) or phyllo dough

For the filling:

  • 4-5 premium apples (such as Pink Lady, Jonathan, Fuji, or Braeburn) freshly picked, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar or light brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground vanilla bean or high-quality vanilla extract

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground Ceylon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries soaked in Calvados brandy (apple brandy)

  • Zest of 1 fresh lemon

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

For assembling:

  • Clarified butter or ghee for brushing

For serving:

  • Freshly whipped cream made with heavy cream and a touch of real vanilla

  • A drizzle of aged balsamic reduction or honey (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Begin with the same steps for assembling the basic strudel outlined in the previous recipe, using the high-quality butter puff pastry or phyllo dough.

  2. For the filling, use premium apples that offer a unique and complex flavor profile. Consider using varieties that have a nice balance of sweetness and acidity.

  3. Instead of regular sugar, opt for organic cane sugar or light brown sugar for a more nuanced sweetness.

  4. Use vanilla beans or high-quality vanilla extract for a rich and aromatic vanilla flavor.

  5. Choose Ceylon cinnamon, known for its delicate and refined taste, to enhance the spice profile.

  6. Soak dried cherries in brandy to infuse the filling with sophisticated flavors.

  7. Use lemons for the zest and juice to ensure a vibrant and natural citrus essence.

  8. When brushing the pastry, consider using clarified butter or ghee for a luxurious and refined touch.

  9. Whip fresh heavy cream with a touch of real vanilla to serve alongside the strudel. The high-fat content of the cream will provide a luscious and velvety texture.

  10. If you're feeling adventurous, drizzle a small amount of aged balsamic reduction or high-quality honey over the sliced strudel for a delightful balance of flavors.

By incorporating these luxurious ingredients and paying attention to details, you can create an apple strudel that truly stands out as a gourmet masterpiece. Enjoy your exquisite dessert creation!

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