May 26, 2009

Cherry Blueberry Vodka Strudel

Daring Baker's May Challenge

I was delighted to discover that our challenge this month was from the mouth watering book, "Kaffeehaus." This is one of my favorite cook books as it's filled with so many fabulous foods that I loved when we visited Vienna. I have to admit that I have spent quite a few hours just oogling the beautiful images.

The strudel was a delight to make. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the cherry blueberry vodka filling. I made a maple whipped cream to go with the warmed strudel. It was an excellent way to start Mother's Day.

The May Daring Bakers' challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book "Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafes of Vienna, Budapest and Prague," by Rick Rodgers.


1 Tb/15 ml vodka
4 oz/114 g pkg frozen cherries, pitted
4 oz/114 g pkg frozen blueberries
1/2 cup/115 g cane sugar
2 Tb/28 g cornstarch
1/2 cup/118 ml fresh gluten free bread crumbs
3 Tb/43 g butter, melted


3 1/2 Tb/50 g chestnut flour
3 1/2 Tb/50 g brown rice flour
3 1/2 Tb/50 g arrowroot starch
3 1/2 Tb/50 g sweet rice flour
1 1/4 tsp/6 g chia seed meal
3/8 tsp/2 g agar agar powder
1/4 tsp/1 g sea salt
5 tsp/24 g butter, grated & frozen
1/4 cup/52 ml water
3 tsp/15 ml vegetable oil
3/8 tsp/2 ml cider vinegar

Filling Instructions

Place the cherries (and liquid), blueberries (and liquid), sugar, and cornstarch into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool completely before using.

Dough Instructions

1. Combine the flours, chia seed meal, agar agar powder and salt into a bowl and blend together. Mix the water, oil and vinegar in a measuring cup, then add to the bowl. It should make a soft dough, if it doesn't add just enough water to fix it.

2. Lay out 2 sheets of parchment paper. On one sprinkle sweet rice flour over the sheet and place the dough in the center. Sprinkle the dough with sweet rice flour and cover with the 2nd sheet of parchment paper. Roll out the dough until it is around 15" x 12". Gently ease the parment paper off the top of the dough and sprinkle the dough with sweet rice flour. Replace the top sheet and flip the dough over and repeat.

Making the Strudel

1. Put an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (200 degrees C). Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

2. Using a silicone brush, spread the melted butter over the dough. Sprinkle the dough with the bread crumbs. Sprinkle the frozen grated butter over the dough. Spread the filling about 3" (8 cm) from the short edge of the dough in a 6" (15 cm) wide strip. Using the parchment paper to help you, raise the paper so that the edge of the dough folds over the filling. Continue easing the dough over so that the strudel rolls onto itself. Leave the strudel on the parchment paper that it was rolled on, transfer the strudel onto the cookie sheet. Trim off the excess parchment paper that the dough had been rolled on. Tuck the ends of the dough under the strudel. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

3. Bake for 30 minutes or until the dough is a golden brown. Cool for about 30 minutes before slicing. Best the day it is made, but will keep nicely in the refrigerator.

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Anonymous said...

That looks amazing! How thin were you able to make the dough?

Audax said...

Cherry blueberry vodka filling with maple whipped cream on a warmed strude *drool* what a great strudel you made and I just love the pictures. What a great effort you made on this challenge. That filling is so colourful beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog and your lovely comments YES I really got into strudels this month. Cheers from Audax in Australia

Sea said...

Nicely done! I did a blueberry filling as well and it turned out to be my favorite. :) You inspired me to try chia seeds for the first time. It didn't quite work out for me, but I'm very intrigued by them and looking forward to more experimentation with them in the future.


Anzj said...

I think I'll go glutenfree too. Chestnut flower; that sounds just to die for! Must have been delicious.

glamah16 said...

Cherries and blueberry vodka. I would devour it. Wonderful version.

Cheryl Harris said...

what a delicious picture and nice choice of flavors! yum!

Anonymous said...

Your filling flavours are just magical, Natalie! I'm really thinking I should have tried something other than the apple/raisin, because I'm drooling over every fancy filling I see! Great job, as always!

Cakelaw said...

Mmmm - the vodka, cherries and blueberries sound devine. And gluten free, which makes it even more special. Terrific job Natalie.

Simply...Gluten-free said...

I am always amazed at how well you do with the daring bakers challanges - you have even more of a challange doing it all gf. I am hosting an event for June and would LOVE it if you could participate. Check it out

Diane-The Whole Gang said...

I like the Daring Kitchen challenges. I also like how you took it on and made it gluten free. Kudos! I'd love to hear your opinion on the Daring Kitchen challenges as a gluten free blogger.

Lauren said...

Yum =D! Your strudel looks amazing, and the flavours sound awesome!

linda said...

So glad you were able to make a wonderful gluten-free strudel! Love your filling and maple whipped cream sounds just too delicious, have to try that...

Anonymous said...

That filling sounds divine- What an enticing strudel all around! Another challenge met and exceeded, I'd say. :)

Connie Weiss said...

You had me at Vodka!

Looks wonderful. Great job!

Simona said...

The filling bursts with flavor and color. I wish I could taste your strudel!

marika @ madcap cupcake said...

What an AWESOME strudel, seriously! It looks amazing, and it's GF? Wow! and I absolutely love your filling...yum!!

anjelikuh said...

Cherries + Blueberries + VOdka.... need i say more? GRRREEAATT combination! Wish i could've had some!

trishtator said...

Yours looks delicious. I would love to eat strudel with cherries in it! I'm so intrigued by your dough mix - I have a few more ingredients to buy before I get to try it.

Y said...

Cherry. Blueberry. Vodka. WITH maple whipped cream! Stunning!