Black Walnut and Cherry Strudel Recipe

  • Strudel:
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen dark cherries
  • 8 ounces chopped black walnuts
  • Glaze:
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk, or more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Mix egg and water together in a bowl.
  3. Beat cream cheese, white sugar, and lemon juice together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Roll each puff pastry into a 12×16-inch rectangle. Spread 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture down the center of a long side of each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Top each of the cream cheese layers with 1/2 of the cherries and 1/2 of the walnuts.
  5. Fold opposite end of each puff pastry over the filling, brushing the edges with egg mixture to seal. Tuck the ends underneath the roll and place seam-side down on a baking sheet. Brush the tops of each strudel with egg mixture.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Cool strudels on baking sheet set on a wire rack, at least 30 minutes.
  7. Whisk confectioners' sugar, milk, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until desired consistency for glaze is reached; drizzle over strudels.