This is lovely on the table at any season.  It makes a great and easy breakfast treat or can be served as dessert at an elegant dinner. Created by BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Ingredients

Strudel dough

  • 2/3 Cup all purpose flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup oil
  • 1/3 Cup water (room temperature)
  • Oil for resting

Filling

  • 2 lbs of Rainier Cherries – cut in half and without stone
  • ¼ Cup dark chocolate drops, 53% or higher
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup toasted bread crumbs
  • Melted butter to brush the baking tray and strudel

Preparation

Step 1: Dough

Place flour like a volcano on clean wood or steel surface. Add Oil, Salt and Water and form into and form into a smooth dough till it doesn't stick to your hands anymore. Brush with oil and cover with plastic wrap – dough needs to rest about 20 min in refrigerator.

Step 2:

Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and let it marinate for a few minutes. Once the liquid of the cherries combined with all the other ingredients you are good to go.

Step 3:

Pull dough with plenty of flour onto a table cloth or apron which needs to be dusted well in flour. Start pulling with the backside of your hands from the inside of the dough ball – similar to pizza, only difference, once it breaks it will be hard to fix!

Step 4:

Sprinkle some melted butter onto the dough sheet and place filling like a tube on the lower 1/3 of it. Now slowly and carefully wrap the strudel by pulling the apron or table cloth.

Step 5:

Place on baking tray with silk pad or parchment paper. If you use paper brush it with butter before placing Strudel on it. Bake for about 20-25 min at 350 degrees. You can serve it warm or cold and with any ice cream flavor you prefer. I suggest pistachio or vanilla.