Apricot Strudel

by jenna on August 1, 2012

Prepare to get STRUDELED!

Whatever that means.

If you’ve ever been interested in making homemade strudel, or if you have no idea what a strudel even is, this recipe is for you. This time, apricots, rather than traditional apples, make up the sweet filling to this buttery, flaky phillo delight. Not sure if you like apricot? You do. They taste just like peaches here! Actually, I bet you five dollars you can’t even tell this is made with apricots.

I am eight years old. I should have just bet you a pack of gum or something. (<;---fighting the urge to run around the house yelling "nana nana boo-boo")

The original recipe for this love monkey comes from none other than the fabulous Heather Christo. I got to spend some time with Miss Heather when I was in Seattle at BlogHer Food this past June and let me just tell you, she is one of the loveliest people I have ever met. She was like the insanely stylish and classy older sister that I never had. And I was like the eight year old begging for a ride up the hill since I had blisters on my feet and it was cold. But not really cold since it was June…but too cold to walk five blocks!

The other (great) thing about Heather is that she can COOK. She can cook, entertain and wear six-inch heels like a champ. She also has a gigantic slobbery dog named Mason who I wanted to somehow fit in my suitcase. And the cutest little daughters that you’ve seen that sing little French songs to you while you sip red wine on the deck.

Did I mention I want to be Heather when I grow up?

So yeah. This apricot strudel recipe is Heather’s and I merely just re-made it and took some pretty photos for Tasty Kitchen!

It was mind-blowing good.

And, while I’ll admit, phillo can be a liiiiiiiittle tricky to work with, if you just smear enough butter on there you’ll be golden. But isn’t that a general rule for life, anyway?

Making this strudel isn’t as hard as you think (really!)…and makes such a delicious late-summer dessert. I’m a sucker for fruit desserts and found myself going back for “just one more bite” of this, cold and straight out of the fridge.

Head to Tasty Kitchen for the recipe + step by step photos!

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Joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 1, 2012 at 4:22 am

Strudel! Reminds me of Hansel and Gretel and seems really cozy for this rainy Wednesday. :)

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Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 1, 2012 at 4:27 am

The flakiness of the crust is uh-mazing! Wow. Made my mouth water as I read this, sipping my coffee and eating a dry piece of toast. Wanna come over and bake that for me? :)

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amy walters, aDESIGNdock August 1, 2012 at 4:29 am

Oooh….this looks delightful! Apricots are my fav. And what fantastic photography and styling Jenna! Mouth is watering as I type.

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jenna August 1, 2012 at 5:01 am

oh my how stunning!!! i love apricots….and strudels pretty much rock my world! fruit desserts are just so much more appealing to me.

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Molly @ RDexposed August 1, 2012 at 5:11 am

This could be a perfect breakfast if paired with a cup of coffee. ;)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

Heather sounds like a cool lady! I haven’t ever really purchased fresh apricots on a regular basis (normally just the dried ones)… up until this summer. I’m so hooked now! Looks like I’m going to have to cross my fingers and hope for the best with this pastry dough. Even if mine doesn’t turn out as pretty as yours, I’m sure it will taste amazing!

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Ginny August 1, 2012 at 5:33 am

Yum! I really want this and a cup of tea in place of my oatmeal right now :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks August 1, 2012 at 5:57 am

I love apricots and what a great way to use them. Love that huge, juicy, piles of them in the pic before you rolled them all up!

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Sarah August 1, 2012 at 6:09 am

Doesn’t the presence of fruit make this breakfast? I think so. I tend to get into a pancake rut with weekend breakfasts, so this would be a nice change.

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jenna August 1, 2012 at 7:19 am

obviously! you just need some coffee and you’ve pretty much got all the major food groups covered.

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Cait's Plate August 1, 2012 at 6:22 am

Looks amazing – I definitely need to incorporate more apricots this summer…I have barely had any!

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Ali @ Gimme Some Oven August 1, 2012 at 6:45 am

This looks crazy good! Love apricots…and definitely any excuse to enjoy streudel! :)

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Caroline L. August 1, 2012 at 7:42 am

I want some now please! That looks so good!

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Vicki August 1, 2012 at 9:10 am

” if you just smear enough butter on there you’ll be golden” will be my new Facebook personal quote.

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Lindsay August 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

This looks amazing!

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Margarita August 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

oooh! this strudel looks great! love how the buttery, sugary fruit is oozing out of that piece!

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Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles August 1, 2012 at 10:06 am

I love apricots. Sadly our new apricot tree produced only one fruit this year. Hopefully next season will be more bountiful so I can strudel away!

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Sydney August 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

I cannot wait to make this for my brother. This is the only fruit he eats and I think he’ll love it!

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Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See August 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

Love on love on love on love. My college existence just became a whole lot happier ;)

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erin @WELLinLA August 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

This qualifies as a recipe for which I would have a dinner party JUST so I could have a reason to make this dessert. Trying my hand at it soon with all the beautiful peaches cropping up in the California farmers markets.

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Kelly August 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Looks delicious!! I love fruit desserts…any kind except blackberry and raspberry. But apricot, blueberry, apple, pear, cherry, blueberry, fig, peach…sign me up!

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Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

This looks so good, and so light! I definitely would mess up the phyllo, though…haha.

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Kaitlin @ A Taste of Bulmer August 1, 2012 at 12:08 pm

This looks absolutely divine. I would never have thought to make a strudel with apricots… this may be my next baking adventure!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Whooaaaaa this sounds awesome!!

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Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I would probably make this with peaches because my fridge is filled with peaches every weekend after trips to the farmer’s market. I might even bet you a pack of gum that you could not even taste the difference between the apricots and peaches! But you would have to come to Texas to taste it yourself (and to hand over that pack of gum)!

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Lauren August 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

This looks delicious! I love your step-by-step recipes on Tasty Kitchen. And apricots are so good right now!

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Emily @ Life on Food August 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I am not a big fan of apple strudel but I definitely would go for a slice of apricot. Your photos remind me of a trip to Austria and we saw an apple strudel demonstration at a castle. Fun fun!

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Jessica August 2, 2012 at 8:54 am

This looks so incredibly delicious. My boyfriend loves anything made with phillo dough! I must try.

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Jess August 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

This looks amazing. I’ve got to try this before apricots go out of season. Thanks for sharing.

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