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Easy Strudel with Vanilla Glaze

Strudel was never this easy or delicious! This Strudel recipe is going to blow your mind!  Pears or apples are sauteed with brown sugar, lemon juice, nutmeg and cinnamon then wrapped in a store-bought phyllo dough that is flaky, buttery and fool proof!  This streamlined approach to making strudel is quick, easy, convenient and DELICIOUS!  It eliminates the fear of making strudel and the hours!  Most importantly, this strudel recipe is irresistibly delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Austrian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


Pear Strudel

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 large D'Anjou pears, peeled, and diced may substitute apples
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough

Vanilla Glaze

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add pears, brown sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until pears are very tender and almost all liquid is evaporated, stirring occasionally. Spread mixture on small rimmed baking pan or large plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes to cool (this can be done up to 2 days in advance).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line your counter with parchment paper to create a work surface for the phyllo. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the microwave.
  • To create one large surface of phyllo, place a stack of 4 phyllo sheets on the parchment paper. Make a second stack of 4 more phyllo sheets and place it next to the long edge of the first stack, overlapping the the first stack by about an inch.
  • Mound the cooled pear filling along one of the long sides of phyllo dough. Roll up like a jelly roll and transfer the parchment with strudel to a rimmed baking pan.
  • Brush strudel with melted butter. Score the dough into 1-inch portions using a serrated knife, but do not cut completely through the strudel. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, make the vanilla glaze by whisking the Vanilla Glaze ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  • Slice strudel and serve warm with glaze drizzled on top.


*Phyllo dough can be found in the freezer section of the grocery store