As promised, here is Pane Rustica’s Medjool date strudel that was served at last week’s Natural Delights Tampa Blogger’s Dinner. This recipe is very easy and would be a great addition to New Year’s day menus focused on good luck pork dishes.
Medjool dates are a very versatile fruit. Some people compare them to figs since they can be used in a similar flavor profiles, but in my opinion, they are less sweet (in a good way!) and have a better consistency.
Phyllo dough, melted butter, pre-cooked yellow cake (or store bought), Medjool dates, Apples, Pistachios, Spiced Rum
In sauté pan melt butter, add sliced apples. Cook apples until slightly softened. Deglaze pan with Spiced Rum; add dates, simmer until heated through and all ingredients are incorporated. Take pan off the heat and fold in pistachios.
Let mixture cool before filling strudel.
Lay out a sheet of phyllo dough, brush with melted butter, and spread a thin layer of crumbled yellow cake, repeat 4 times.
Position date and apple mixture down the center of the phyllo rectangle. Fold the sides of the phyllo over the mixture. Transfer the roll to a parchment covered baking sheet, seam side down. Brush the top with more melted butter. Top with crystal sugar.
Bake in 350 degree convection oven for 13-15 minutes until top is brown and crispy.
Allow strudel to cool before slicing or transferring to serving platter.