Quince Cheddar Strudel #KraftyCooking

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Quince Cheddar Strudel #KraftyCooking

Quince Cheddar Strudel

At home my mom was used to love preparing for us strudel, which we would devour warm with a nice cup of Vienna coffee. Strudel is a famous pastry in cafes in Austria it is flaky and buttery and normally it is done with sweet and savory flavors. The history says that strudel was originally inspired in the Turkish baklava, Actually Austrian cuisine had influence of many cultures and cuisines including the Turkish, Bosnian, Swiss, Dutch, Hungarian, German and Italian. Strudel is also a favorite among the German and Hungarian cultures and it is prepared preferably with tart crisp apples. Since recently I found quince in Florida I got inspiration from my mother’s heritage and my great grandmother’s legacy and I created a new recipe using homemade quince preserves I prepared myself paired with Vermont white sharp cheddar and using commercial puff pastry. The combination of the quince with the cheese also celebrates my Spaniard heritage as I was used to eat cheese and quince paste for dessert when I was a child with my abuelito Angel who he himself was from Madrid. I invite you to prepare this recipe for Quince Cheddar Strudel, a delicious pastry dessert excellent to surprise any crowd including those football fans!

Ingredients for preparing quince cheddar strudel #KraftyCooking #ABRecipes

Ingredients for preparing quince cheddar strudel


  • 14 ounces of commercial puff pastry
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
  • 6 ounces of Cracker Barrel Vermont white sharp cheddar cheese cut in squares
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of quince preserves (can replace with 6 ounces of commercial quince paste)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 sheet of parchment paper
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar on  the raw
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
How to prepare quince cheddar strudel #ABRecipes

How to prepare quince cheddar strudel

Preparation time: 1 hour. Serves 6 to 8 slices. Cost per slice is less than $2.00 depending on the cost of the ingredients at your local supermarket. You will need a rolling pin, a baking sheet, a baker’s brush, a small bowl, knife, chopping block and spoons.

Place the puff pastry in a surface and extend using the rolling pin and all purpose flour. Start putting together the strudel by adding the cheese slices, the quince preserve and the nuts. Brush the puff pastry with egg batter to allow the pastry to stick and then do the first roll. Do the same thing for the second and third roll until getting the form of a horizontal package and seal the ends.  Place parchment paper in a baking sheet, carefully take the quince cheddar strudel and place it on top of the parchment paper sheet, then brush the top again with egg wash and cover well. Sprinkle sugar on the raw and cinnamon powder. Bake the strudel for a period of 20-30 minutes at a 350 degrees Fahrenheit until getting a golden color.

Warm Quince Cheddar Strudel #KraftyCooking

Warm Quince Cheddar Strudel

When ready take the strudel out of the oven and let it reach a medium warm temperature before serving. This dessert goes great with vanilla ice cream and paired with tea or a cup of coffee. The flavor profile is very nice, not too sweet and the cheese makes a great contrast with the quince, the walnuts are a nice nutty surprise.

Quince and Cheddar Strudel Ready to Enjoy! #ABRecipes

Quince and Cheddar Strudel Ready to Enjoy!

Happy football season!


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Author:Chef Adriana Martin

Adriana Martin is a Latina writer born in Mexico who is specialized in recipe development using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The inspiration behind her recipes is based on the culinary culture of Mexico and influenced by the Mediterranean cuisine and grilling which is one of her passions. Adriana likes to read about the latest trends in cuisine, learn about new cultures, travel the world discovering new ingredients and sharing with famous chefs. She is a wife, friend, step mom, grandmother and animal lover.

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  • Risa

    I am in love with the creativity of this strudel. Is the quince paste sweet or tart? I’m trying to imagine the flavor profile! Stunning nonetheless.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Hi Risa, many thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment. In this recipe what I used was quince preserves I prepared at home using my great grandmother’s recipe though if you want to use quince paste you can. The flavor of the quince is somewhat tart like a tart apple so the combination with the cheese really goes well. Have a wonderful day and loved your cheese crisps recipe too!

      • Risa

        Brilliant combination!

  • mena & taty

    you never cease to amaze me and make me drool
    you are a master!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Taty you are very sweet thanks for liking my recipes!

  • AnneFromMySweetHeart

    Adriana…I am so impressed that you made a dessert with this challenge! Your strudel looks amazing! I love the crust! And just the right combination of sweet and savory!

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Many thanks Anne for your kind comments a do appreciate your visit and raving about my work. Have a wonderful 2014!

  • Barbara Mascareno

    This looks delicious. I’m fascinated that you were able to find quince; wish I could. Reminds me of “pastelitos de membrillo con queso” from Argentina, oh so good :) Thanks for sharing your masterpiece.

    • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

      Ay querida I was so exicted when I saw them at Publix a dream come true haven’t eaten fresh quince since forever. That quince came from New England it is not grown in Florida. Why don’t you ask at your local supermarket or maybe Whole Foods. Enorme abrazo y feliz 2014!

      • Barbara Mascareno

        I might try Whole Foods here in Nevada; that’s a great idea, thanks :)

        • http://adrianasbestrecipes.com/ Adriana Martin

          Awesome, I know Whole Foods here in Orlando does sell quince paste at the cheese aisle that could be an option to fresh quince if not found, sending hugs!

  • http://fuelyourfuturewithtina.blogspot.com/ Tina Muir

    Yummy! That looks great! Will have to give that a try! Have never used quince, but will take a look out for it. Would be a great treat to enjoy after a hard workout :)

  • Adriana Hogar-Mujer

    Mmmm que delicia el strudel, me hiciste recordar a mi abuela cuando nos preparaba los martin fierro (queso y dulce de membrillo) que rica combinacion. En casa nunca falta dulce de membrillo es el favorito de mi hijo, voy a tener que preparar esta receta. Besos

  • laura Rodriguez

    Que cosa más rica a nosotros los argentinos nos encantan los strudels, gracias por la receta, Me parece un postre genial con un cafecito… Que rico!!

  • nina

    uuuuf me urge recien hecho..todo calientito con una tacita de cafe…pero como no puedo cafe ahorita…con un baso de lechita basta :) que ricooo

  • http://www.ahorrosparatodas.com/ diana rodriguez

    Que deliciosa receta! Pronto la intento!!

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    My mouth is watering right now. I love quince and haven’t had it for a while. This looks so good. When can I come over for a piece of strudel and a nice chat? 😉

  • Veronica Cervera

    Desde ayer me tiene boba y con la boca hecha agua. Al fin pude pasar a ver la receta. ¡Buen finde!