With the weather having picked up this week, this weekend I decided to make a summery dessert, which also doesn’t make me feel too bad about eating because it’s full of fruit, a summer strudel!
I can’t really boast too much about my baking skills on this one however as I cheated a little and used the Hairy Bikers recipe but all the same it’s really easy and looks quite impressive in the end, plus it’s an ideal light dessert on a hot day! The correct name according to the bikers is a jalousie because it’s thought to look a bit like a slatted louvre window!
Here is how I/the hairy bikers did it…
Puff pastry (you can make your own if you like but again I cheated and bought ready to roll)
Fruit of your choice – the bikers use peaches but I went for a summer medley of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries
2 tbsp cornflour
2 more tsp sugar
1. As I mentioned I was a bit lazy with this bake as I bought ready made pastry but seriously puff pastry is such a pain to make and there are such good options out there now I just don’t know why you would make your own! If you do want to be less lazy than me though and have a go you can find a good recipe here! Anyway once ready roll your pastry out into a large square then cut in half so you have two long rectangles of the same size.
2. Prepare your fruit and place in a bowl with both the 75g sugar and the cornflour and toss around a bit. (the sugar is rather important, I forgot this and the fruit was a tad sour)
3. Lay one of your pastry lengths on a well greased baking tray and place your fruit down the middle leaving a bit of room all around the edge of the pastry.
4. Separate your egg and whisk the white until frothy, using a pastry brush paint a line of egg white around the edge of the pastry.
5. Take your second pastry length and fold lengthways in half, cut even slices about 2cm apart all the way along and then unfold again back to it’s original shape. This will form your jalousie pattern on top.
6. Carefully place this second pastry length on top of your fruit one and using a fork press down the edges to secure your egg glue.
7. Brush the whole top layer with egg white and dust with two extra spoonfuls of sugar.
8. Bake at 200c for about 30mins or until golden brown and raised.
9. Cut into slices and serve hot with a spot of cream or custard!
Thanks Hairy Bikers!