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Malga Bellunese Strudel Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup lukewarm water
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup diced apples
- 1/2 cup diced pears
- 1/2 cup diced prunes
- 1/2 cup diced figs
- 1/2 cup diced apricots
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup lemon juice

Special Equipment Needed:
- Large mixing bowl
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Pastry brush

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the lukewarm water, vegetable oil, and egg. Mix until a smooth dough forms.

2. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5-10 minutes until it becomes elastic and smooth. Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin rectangle. Brush the melted butter over the dough, then sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the butter.

5. In a separate bowl, mix together the raisins, chopped walnuts, grated Parmesan cheese, diced apples, diced pears, diced prunes, diced figs, and diced apricots. Spread the mixture over the dough.

6. Drizzle the honey over the fruit mixture, then pour the white wine and lemon juice over the top.

7. Roll the dough up tightly, starting from the long edge. Place the strudel on the prepared baking sheet.

8. Brush the top of the strudel with melted butter and bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

9. Let the strudel cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing and serving.


Time:
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Cooking time: 30-35 minutes
Temperature:
375°F (190°C)
Serving size:
8-10 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 380
Fat: 17g
Carbohydrates: 49g
Protein: 8g
Sodium: 220mg
Sugar: 26g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Whole wheat flour can be used instead of all-purpose flour.
- Almond flour can be used instead of breadcrumbs.
- Pecans or hazelnuts can be used instead of walnuts.
- Feta cheese can be used instead of Parmesan cheese.
- Any combination of dried fruits can be used instead of the specific ones listed.

Variations:
- Add cinnamon or nutmeg to the fruit mixture for a spiced flavor.
- Use a different type of wine, such as red wine or port, for a richer flavor.
- Add sliced ham or prosciutto to the fruit mixture for a savory twist.

Tips and Tricks:
- Make sure the dough is rolled out thin enough to allow for easy rolling.
- Use a pastry brush to evenly distribute the melted butter and honey.
- Let the strudel cool slightly before slicing to prevent the filling from spilling out.

Storage Instructions:
Store the strudel in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
Reheat the strudel in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.

Presentation Ideas:
Serve the strudel on a platter with a dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of honey.

Garnishes:
Sprinkle chopped walnuts or sliced almonds over the top of the strudel before serving.

Pairings:
Serve the strudel with a glass of white wine or a cup of hot tea.

Suggested Side Dishes:
Serve the strudel with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it becomes smooth and elastic.
- If the strudel is too dry, brush it with a little melted butter or honey before serving.

Food Safety Advice:
Make sure all ingredients are fresh and properly stored. Wash hands and surfaces frequently during preparation.

Food History:
Malga Bellunese Strudel is a traditional dessert from the Belluno region of Italy. It is typically made with a variety of dried fruits and nuts, and is often served during the holiday season.

Flavor Profiles:
The Malga Bellunese Strudel has a sweet and nutty flavor, with a hint of tartness from the dried fruits.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve the strudel warm or at room temperature as a dessert or a sweet snack.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Sweet, Savory, Buttery, Cheesy, Nutty