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Chocolate-Apricot Strudel

Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cathy Muir
Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 1/3 cup amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup dried apricots, thinly sliced (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • Remaining ingredients:
  • 8 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 217
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • fat 5.8 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • monofat 1.6 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 38.8 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 95 mg
  • calcium 17 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare filling: Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring after 45 seconds. Stir in dried apricots and ginger; cover. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes; let stand 5 minutes. Place apricot mixture in a food processor or blender; process until coarsely chopped. Spoon apricot mixture into bowl; cover and cool completely. Stir in 1/4 cup chips.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°.

  3. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface (cover remaining dough to keep from drying); lightly coat with cooking spray. Workiing with 1 phyllo sheet at a time, coat remaining 7 phyllo sheets with cooking spray, placing one on top of the other. Place a sheet of plastic wrap over phyllo, pressing gently to seal sheets together; discard plastic wrap.

  4. Spoon filling along 1 long edge of phyllo, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold over the short edges of phyllo to cover 2 inches of apricot mixture on each end.

  5. Starting at long edge with 2-inch border, roll up jelly-roll fashion. Do not roll tightly, or the strudel may split. (Strudel may be frozen for up to five days at this point.) Place strudel, seam side down, on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Score 7 diagonal slits into top of strudel using a sharp knife. Lightly spray strudel with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden.

  6. Place 1/4 cup chips in a small heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag, and seal. Submerge bag in very hot water until chips melt. Snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag; drizzle chocolate evenly over each of 8 dessert plates. Cut strudel diagonally into 16 slices using a serrated knife dipped in hot water; arrange 2 slices over chocolate drizzle. Garnish each serving with diced apricot, if desired.