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Daring Bakers Strut Their Strudels

Mascarpone Ricotta Tarts in Strudel Rings

It’s been a long time since I made strudel dough and it’s been even longer since I made it for our own eating pleasures. When I first moved to the US, one of my first pastry jobs was at a German bakery where we would make strudel dough by the buckets, starting fresh and early around 3am. I made so much strudels in that one year there that I overdosed a little and never made it at home after that. When I saw that the Daring Bakers challenge for May was strudel I had a split reaction. A "meh" followed by "oh wait I have always wanted to do this and this and this…"

The instructions were to make the strudel dough per the recipe given but allowed us to get creative as far as the fillings, shapes and sizes. I started with one idea and as (most) usual, I ended up with three. My first idea was not to make a traditional strudel and I blame Richard Leach for that. I have been itching to make his Ricotta Cheese Tarts in Strudel Rings since the first day I flipped the pages of his book "Sweet Seasons". I refrained from it up until now because of that studel making overdose mentionned above. Ha! No more! I had the perfect opportunity!

Tarts and Rhubarb Sorbet In Strudel Cups

For the strudel rings, I rolled and stretched the dough until I could see through it and cut four 1 1/2-inch strips that I rolled around a 3-inch cake rings about 3-4 times. I baked them just until the rings were golden brown. I let them slide of the cake rings and let them cool while I prepared the mascarpone tart base. It is really like a light cheesecake baked right inside the rings. Once they were cooled, I placed them inside the strudel rounds and plated some with fresh cherries and others with lemon balm infused cherries. Both versions were equally good but my heart goes toward the lemon balm one.

Rhubarb Sorbet In Strudel Cups

Of course the strudel dough recipe would give me a lot more than the quantity necessary for the strudel rings. I used the same technique to make slightly higher rings with the intention to use them as baskets for ice cream or sorbet. I even made handles for them but a mini trip over pupp Bailey and the handles flew across the room and broke to pieces. Sorbet cups would have to do. I made Garrett’s rhubarb sorbet over the weekend and it was a wonder there was enough left to fill the cups. If you have the chance, run to make it! Absolutely delightful. My only change to his recipe is that I did not strain the rhubarb but pureed the heck out of it. Worked like a charm. Pink, smooth and creamy all at once.

I still had plenty of dough to make a traditional strudel like most of my Daring Bakers partners. I filled this one with roasted quince that I had in the freezer and fresh roasted white peaches. I sprinkled a basic hazelnut crumble on the dough before layering the fruits and rolled the dough in a log. In the cacophony of friends coming over for brunch, I completely forgot to take pictures of the log and had just a split moment to take pictures of the small strudel bites I cut for everybody to sample.

White Peach & Quince Strudel Bites

I found the dough a litte bland at first but paired with a punch of flavors it really took a life of its own and today I am glad to have leftovers of all three desserts to chose from after dinner!

See below for all the recipes and my notes.

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

Mascarpone Ricotta Tart in Strudel Rings

One year ago: Daring Bakers' Lavender White Chocolate Opera

Strudel dough
from “Kaffeehaus – Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague” by Rick Rodgers

Notes: I used a printed tablecloth so I could see better how thin the dough was getting and how much I could keep on stretching. I found out that no pleats or wrinkles was much better or the dough will take on those at the same time you roll.
Use plenty (and more) flour to roll and instead of rubbing my hands on the cloth to make the flour stick down, I rolled my rolling pin over a few times. Do not refrain from kneading a full 8 to 10 minutes. It will develop all the gluten strands necessary to make this dough stretch like a breeze

1 1/3 cups (200 g) unbleached flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons (105 ml) water, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil, plus additional for coating the dough
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

Combine the flour and salt in a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix the water, oil and vinegar in a measuring cup. Add the water/oil mixture to the flour with the mixer on low speed. You will get a soft dough. Make sure it is not too dry, add a little more water if necessary.
Take the dough out of the mixer. Change to the dough hook. Put the dough ball back in the mixer. Let the dough knead on medium until you get a soft dough ball with a somewhat rough surface.
Take the dough out of the mixer and continue kneading by hand on an unfloured work surface. Knead for about 2 minutes. Pick up the dough and throw it down hard onto your working surface occasionally.
Shape the dough into a ball and transfer it to a plate. Oil the top of the dough ball lightly. Cover the ball tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to stand for 30-90 minutes (longer is better).
It would be best if you have a work area that you can walk around on all sides like a 36 inch (90 cm) round table or a work surface of 23 x 38 inches (60 x 100 cm). Cover your working area with table cloth, dust it with flour and rub it into the fabric. Put your dough ball in the middle and roll it out as much as you can.
Pick the dough up by holding it by an edge. This way the weight of the dough and gravity can help stretching it as it hangs. Using the back of your hands to gently stretch and pull the dough. You can use your forearms to support it.
The dough will become too large to hold. Put it on your work surface. Leave the thicker edge of the dough to hang over the edge of the table. Place your hands underneath the dough and stretch and pull the dough thinner using the backs of your hands. Stretch and pull the dough until it’s about 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 3 feet (90 cm) long, it will be tissue-thin by this time. Cut away the thick dough around the edges with scissors. The dough is now ready to be filled.

To make strudel rings and cups:
Cut four 1.5-inch strips of dough, brush them with melted butter and roll them around cake rings. Bake at 350F until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Cut four 2-inch strips for the sorbet cups. Proceed as with the rings.

For the hazelnut crumble, quince and white peach filling:
Notes: this will make enough for 1/3 of the dough. Adapt if necessary.
2 white peaches, cur in half and pitted
1 large quince, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons (25gr) sugar
equal parts light brown sugar, flour, butter (cut in 1/4-inch cubes) and chopped hazelnuts (I did 50gr of each)

Place the peaches and the quince in a medium baking pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray and roast at 350F for 30 to 40 minutes until caramelized. Check at half time and add 1/4 cup of water to the pan is necessary to prevent them from scortching. Once baked, let cool completely to room temperature. Slice the fruits thin.
In a large bowl, stir together all the crumble ingredients and mix with your fingertips until the mixture forms pea size crumbs.
Fill the strudel with a layer of crumble and top with the roasted fruit. Roll from the short end, lightly brush with melted butter and bake at 350 for 30 minutes (more if you are doing the whole quantity of dough as a regular strudel).

Mascarpone Ricotta Cheese Tarts In Strudel Rings, adapted from Richard Leach.

Makes 4

Tart Rings:
See above

For Lemon Balm Cherries:

2 cups (290gr) pitted and halved cherries
1/2 cup (125ml) water
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup (100gr) sugar
4 leaves lemon balm, roughly chopped

For the Mascarpone-Ricotta Tarts:

3/4 cup (180gr) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90gr) ricotta cheese
1/4 cup (50gr) sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split in half and seeded
1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream

Prepare the cherries:
Place all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool. Strain to discard the lemon balm. Use to decorate the tarts.

Prepare the tarts:
Wrap four 3-inch dessert rings with foil and place them on baking sheet. Lightly spray the inside with cooking spray.
Preheat the oven to 350F and position a rack in the middle.
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together the mascarpone, ricotta, sugar and vanilla bean seeds at medium speed, until smooth, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg and egg white and beat until smooth, scraping the sides and bottom of your bowl if necessary. Still on low speed, add the heavy cream and whip until incorporated.
Divide the mxiture evenly among the prepared cake rings and bake for 20 minutes or until just set. Let cool completely.
Once cooled, place a strudel ring around each tart and spoon some marinated cherries around the tarts.

Rhubarb Sorbet For Strudel Cups, adapted from Garrett’s.

3 1/2 cups of chopped fresh rhubarb (4-5 stalks)
2 1/2 cups of water
1 2/3 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of corn syrup (I used glucose)

Placethe rhubarb, sugar, water, and lemon zest in a large and heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer 5 minutes, uncovered.
Let cool to room temperature. Working in batches, purée the mixture in a blender until smooth. Stir in the glucose. Cover and refrigerate until completely cold, preferably overnight.
Process the ice cream according to your machine’s manufacturer’s instructions. The sorbet will have a soft texture right out of the ice cream maker. Freeze a couple of hours before serving.

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Jen Yu May 27, 2009 um 5:15 am

You are bleeping brilliant! I love what you did with this challenge. So creative, but then I never expect anything less from you, my dear. Beautiful, beautiful. Of course, you have just TOTALLY distracted me from writing up my own post… gah! 😉 Love that sorbet combo. *perfect*

Liska May 27, 2009 um 5:21 am

Your every creation is so perfect and beautiful. I wish I could come in and eat a little piece of it. Splendid.

Ria Mathew May 27, 2009 um 5:28 am

*awed silence*

Sugar Daze May 27, 2009 um 5:41 am

Ditto Ria. Sigh…gorgeous as always!

Eléonora May 27, 2009 um 5:43 am

It is simply beautiful with time craque cherries on the cake …kissss French

Kitchen M May 27, 2009 um 5:50 am

Who would have thought using strudel dough for making tart rings!! I was too busy to participate in DB this month, but I’m not sure if I could come up with a way to make it so creative even if I had participated. 😉

Fifi Flowers May 27, 2009 um 5:52 am

Mascarpone Ricotta Cheese… that sounds DIVINE!!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums May 27, 2009 um 6:00 am

You never fail to amaze me with your gorgeous creations! Your ricotta tarts in strudel rings look perfect and so delicious!



Audax May 27, 2009 um 6:51 am

What a fabulous idea strudel rings perfect way of doing this challenge. Your pictures are ALWAYS so perfect and are a inspiration to everybody. And using the old-fashioned rhuburb is excellent an oldie but a goodie. I will certainly be using the strudel ring idea in my next hig-tea. A pleasure as always. Cheers.

Simones Kitchen May 27, 2009 um 7:24 am

What a fantastic way to make these strudels Helen… You’re always the first where I am checking the results of the daring bakers and you manage to surprise me each time! Love it!!
I actually have a question for you, since you’re an expert in this area. I made the strudels with strawberry and mango, but felt that the fluids of the strawberry started spreading all over the baking tray while in the oven and due to that I think I’ve lost a lot of the sweet strawberry flavour. Do you have a suggestion on how to best handle soft fruits while baking?

Kitchenlander May 27, 2009 um 8:15 am

You know, it doesn’t even matter to know if your sweets were good or not.
They’re such an eye-feast, both for the tecniques and the pictures!

Kudos to you!

Cannelle Et Vanille May 27, 2009 um 8:38 am

what a clever idea. I have never noticed that in his book but I will have to look again. the cherries look perfect!

Sabiilaa May 27, 2009 um 9:01 am

You are just simply amazing, mashALLAH. I always get real impressed whenever I visit your blog, believe me I just simply want to try your creations and I bet they taste as good as they look.

Pei-Lin May 27, 2009 um 9:24 am

I just struck me into a state of speechlessness!! Helen, you never fail to impress us all!


P.S. I look forward to the publication of your cookbook!!

Ms Alex May 27, 2009 um 9:30 am

Simply gorgeous post. 🙂 I love the idea of lemon balm cherries, I would never have thought of that combination but I’ve earmarked the post to give it a try the next time I buy cherries!

J May 27, 2009 um 9:56 am

Great twist on the strudel

Unknown May 27, 2009 um 10:03 am

Absolutely beautiful 🙂
I had never heard of strudel rings before this, so thanks.
Amazingly creative as always

Julia @ Mélanger May 27, 2009 um 10:13 am

The strudel rings are just amazing. Great idea. I just shake my head at the creativity about the place. Beautiful job, as always.

Zita May 27, 2009 um 10:16 am

I wish I had just one of your ideas…*sigh* great and gorgeous as always Helen 🙂

receitasdapiteca May 27, 2009 um 10:35 am

That is fantástic my friend!! You are amazing really, so creative!
Now, can i have a bite?? 🙂
Kiss kiss.

Andrea Meyers May 27, 2009 um 10:40 am

I am totally amazed at your creativity! Love what you did with this challenge. That cherry tart is just stunning.

Isabelle Lambert May 27, 2009 um 10:49 am

Tes présentations sont fabuleuses. Ça donne juste envie, de retourner dans sa cuisine et de recommencer la recette !
Magnifique Tartelette 🙂

Aparna Balasubramanian May 27, 2009 um 10:50 am

Every DB post here (and all the others too) never fail to surprise me with your creativity.
Gorgeous, of course.

Deeba PAB May 27, 2009 um 10:51 am

You are the Queen of pastry makers & beautiful desserts Helen. A viusal treat through & through, with path breaking ideas. Even the tradional strudel had a gasp leaving me; I always come fairly prepared to expect the most gorgeous stuff! Great stuff!

peasepudding May 27, 2009 um 11:00 am

fantastic idea and such beautiful presentation, your photography is stunning as always.

Barbara May 27, 2009 um 11:12 am

Absolutely beautiful photographs! They make you anxious to get started on the recipes!

Anonymous May 27, 2009 um 11:36 am

Strudel cups! and beautiful ideas for ingredients Helen! You are delightful as always!

Mary May 27, 2009 um 11:38 am

I absolutely love the idea of the strudel rings! And I think my dog trips me when I’m baking on purpose so that she can scarf up all the flying baked goods!

Aimée May 27, 2009 um 11:38 am

OK this is officially the prettiest rhubarb dessert known to man. Just lovely!

Oceanside Creations May 27, 2009 um 11:41 am

These are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing

BC May 27, 2009 um 12:17 pm

You are amazing!

Laura Rebecca May 27, 2009 um 12:18 pm

How beautiful and unique — what a lovely idea!

thepassionatecook May 27, 2009 um 12:22 pm

those strudel cases for your cheesecakes are inspired! a glorious idea! great photography, as usual…
i live the ides of the rhubarb, also love cherries – will have to try both!

Anonymous May 27, 2009 um 12:27 pm

Such lovely variations! As always I leave your blog feeling inspired and filled with ideas!

Heather B May 27, 2009 um 12:34 pm

Great job! Love the strudel rings. Too cute!

lubnakarim06 May 27, 2009 um 12:36 pm

Oh wow love the glossy filling….Droolworthy…..

Anonymous May 27, 2009 um 12:44 pm

Such beautiful photographs… I just love your blog!

I’ve always wanted to become a pastry chef but both of Swedens pastry chef-schools are way down in the south (I live way up north…). It seems like a really big step to move but maybee someday I’ll take the plunge!

Until then I can always enjoy baking at home and getting inspiration from your lovely blog! 🙂

Mary Sue

Di May 27, 2009 um 12:48 pm

Everything looks amazing. I’m going to have to try making the rings–neat idea.

Jo May 27, 2009 um 12:59 pm

Oh wow, you are an absolute genius. Who would have thought of making strudel tarts. These are really really beautiful.

Beth May 27, 2009 um 1:01 pm

I will definitely be trying the rhubarb sorbet recipe, as it’s my boyfriend’s favorite springtime flavor. Always looking for new ways to incorporate it. Your completed challenge is beautiful as always!

Judy@nofearentertaining May 27, 2009 um 1:03 pm

Very creative!!! Those are just beautiful! I love the flavor combos you did!

Maria May 27, 2009 um 1:09 pm

Your posts always amaze me! Love everything about this one!

Zoe Francois May 27, 2009 um 1:09 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait for your book, it is going to be brilliant!

Carrie Oliver May 27, 2009 um 1:19 pm

This post (and in particular the photos!) is almost enough to make me become a baker. Gorgeous. Thanks.

Lara May 27, 2009 um 1:25 pm

Absolutely gorgeous. I always take the easy way out with tarts by using Phyllo dough, and have never made it with anything but apples, the way my mother did. I’m inspired to try something new and different now!

Jescel May 27, 2009 um 1:25 pm

such wonderful creations… oh my.

glamah16 May 27, 2009 um 1:28 pm

Very elegant. Im glad you got reinspired with Strudel for this challenge.

Dominique May 27, 2009 um 1:29 pm

Quelle créativité! je suis bluffée… Bravo!

Helene May 27, 2009 um 1:30 pm

Simone: You can go 2 ways: one is to cook them first for 5 minutes over medium-low heat so that they can render some juice and then drain some before using. The other one is to toss them with a bit of cornstarch before baking.

veron May 27, 2009 um 1:42 pm

fantastic take on the challenge. Very creative with the strudel rings. Miss daring baker’s …will be rejoining soon!

kellypea May 27, 2009 um 1:49 pm

I’m all over those cheese tarts, Helen. With those cherries, I can just imagine the perfect combo of flavors. One of these days, I’ll persist, conjure up enough patience, and think about how you make these works of art. Goodness. I couldn’t even stay focused long enough to do anything but roll ’em up! Absolutely beautiful.

Brilynn May 27, 2009 um 1:55 pm

I just love the sight of cherries! As always, your creations are an inspiration!

pigpigscorner May 27, 2009 um 1:58 pm

You are so creative! You always come up with the most awesome creation. Love the rings!!

Anonymous May 27, 2009 um 2:06 pm

I am so glad I don’t do this challenge ( I do Daring Cooks). No one could compete with your amazing creativity!

Hayley May 27, 2009 um 2:12 pm

I love everything you came up with. And I’m with dishinanddishes, you are by far the best daring baker out there!

sijeleng May 27, 2009 um 2:12 pm

Brilliant! Beautiful idea wonderfully executed and photographed.

Unknown May 27, 2009 um 2:14 pm

Wow. Just wow. Helen, you amaze me every time. So glad the sorbet worked so well. =)

Lori May 27, 2009 um 2:14 pm

Leave it to you to be incredibly brilliant! I just love what you did to your strudel. I am not a big fan of strudel but yours I SO would be a big fan of! Beautfiul Helen!

Dharm May 27, 2009 um 2:22 pm

you always come up with the most brilliant creations! Well done!

Zoe May 27, 2009 um 2:28 pm


prettytastycakes May 27, 2009 um 2:32 pm

I love your interpretation of the challenge. Really clever!

Proud Italian Cook May 27, 2009 um 2:32 pm

You are truely gifted!

Valérie May 27, 2009 um 2:45 pm

Now here’s a different take on this challenge! I’m so impressed with your ideas!

Cheri May 27, 2009 um 2:55 pm

Absolutely brilliant! I do not understand how you were able to get the dough so thin, mine was tearing like crazy. I don’t think I had enough patience or technique. All three of these versions look sooo yummy! I love your creativity!

doughmesstic May 27, 2009 um 2:56 pm

Wow…you are so inspiring! I love coming here fo your delicious and beautiful takes on food!

Arlette May 27, 2009 um 2:59 pm

Amazing pieces of Edible Art.
you’re an awesome talented baker
Helene. Iam learning lots from you.

I want to thank you also for the beautiful and tasty Matcha creamcheese cake, I made it last week, and was so happy with the result, I forgot the strudel dough waiting to be stuffed with our dinner.

Rachael Hutchings May 27, 2009 um 3:03 pm

You blow me away as usual. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!

Cindy Khor May 27, 2009 um 3:05 pm

oh my, what i wonderful looking dessert, especially the studel pastry looks crunchy… although i’m not sure whether i would love rhubarb…

anna May 27, 2009 um 3:16 pm

I’m embarrassed for my pathetic strudel. I really want some of that rhubarb sorbet. For breakfast.

Edda May 27, 2009 um 3:46 pm

Quelle belle façon d’accomoder la pâte à strudel et avec tous ces parfums…fabuleux, comme d’habitude. On se sent sur un petit nuage ici 🙂

PheMom May 27, 2009 um 4:10 pm

Stunning as always!

Jen May 27, 2009 um 4:17 pm

The strudel rings look amazing– what a good use for the dough.

alana May 27, 2009 um 4:20 pm

Oh I love the strudel ring. Pure art!

Unknown May 27, 2009 um 4:21 pm

My pup’s name is Bailey too, and he is always underfoot even when he knows he isn’t supposed to be in the kitchen!

You are possibly the only person I know who would manage to have roasted quince in her freezer. I am intrigued by that last flavor combination the most, but love the strudel cup idea.

After working in a bakery where I had to make 3 strawberry pizzas a day minimum, it took me 8 years to even want to eat strawberries again. Strawberry pizza? Still not going to happen.

DK May 27, 2009 um 4:47 pm

OMG! You are freaking brilliant! The pics are so amazing. I sent you a msg to your FB the minute I had sneak peak in the forum and but to see them here is just blowing my mind away!

Jayme May 27, 2009 um 4:53 pm

Helen, you are amazing!

What a coincidence, I made rhubarb sorbet this past weekend too, but I didn’t use it with my strudel at all. I just very un-creatively ate it right out of the container I put it in! ha. 🙂

Ciao Chow Linda May 27, 2009 um 5:02 pm

Wow, another stunner, but we expect no less from you. The food is gorgeous and the photos are truly remarkable.

Basht May 27, 2009 um 5:04 pm

as always, they look amazing

Anonymous May 27, 2009 um 5:06 pm

Brilliant and stunning as usual! They all look amazing!

DJ May 27, 2009 um 5:23 pm


linda May 27, 2009 um 5:27 pm

A real strudel mania! Glad you liked the challenge in the end 🙂
Love your take on the strudel!

Rachel May 27, 2009 um 5:32 pm

Amazing as always….

Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar May 27, 2009 um 5:37 pm

Oh, Helen, they’re all wonderful! I wonder how I managed to miss the strudel tarts in Sweet Seasons? Must revisit that book ASAP 🙂

I think my heart would have to go to the roasted quince and white peach struddel. Much as I love rhubarb, quince is such a rare treat that I’d make a beeline for it!

Cookinette May 27, 2009 um 6:27 pm

This is such a creative way of using strudel dough. I love your strudel rings with the ricotta cheese filling.

Pontch May 27, 2009 um 6:36 pm

This strudel is a master piece !!

Beautiful !

Simones Kitchen May 27, 2009 um 6:42 pm

Thanks for the tips Helen, I will try that for next time!

hexe May 27, 2009 um 7:14 pm

Add me to those awed in silence. Just lovely and creative.

Cindystar May 27, 2009 um 7:51 pm

I can’t write anything because it would be always less than what is in real!
I am just happy and lucky to have stopped here, sure you’ll be on my blog roll immediately!
Thanks for your ideas, your cakes, your pics!
I’ll try to learn as much as I can!

Cindystar May 27, 2009 um 7:51 pm

I can’t write anything because it would be always less than what is in real!
I am just happy and lucky to have stopped here, sure you’ll be on my blog roll immediately!
Thanks for your ideas, your cakes, your pics!
I’ll try to learn as much as I can!

Cindy Ruth May 27, 2009 um 7:53 pm

Your creations are beautiful as always, and I can’t wait to make the rhubarb sorbet-I have rhubarb in my garden ready to use.

cindy* May 27, 2009 um 7:54 pm

the colors are great…that sorbet! outdone once again helen, gorgeous and so fun too!

Joy May 27, 2009 um 7:54 pm

Everything you do is BEAUTIFUL. Love, love, love you!

raquel May 27, 2009 um 8:33 pm

i am in awe! but then again, i am always in awe with everything in your blog! such creativity. love it!!!!!!

Lisa is Bossy May 27, 2009 um 9:18 pm

Ooooh I LOVE this idea! And I’m so hooked on rhubarb – I’ll definitely have to try that sorbet. I stock up on rhubarb in pounds this time of year, think I might even freeze some to use in an off-season! So beautiful Helen. I save your post near the end of my reading… one of those "save the best for last". 🙂

Tammy May 27, 2009 um 9:23 pm

that looks amazing!

Y May 27, 2009 um 11:05 pm

Helen, you’ve certainly strutted your strudel here! Your pastry is crazy crazy thin! I love the tart idea too.

Char May 28, 2009 um 12:06 am

anything with cherries is a-okay in my book! yum

Engineer Baker May 28, 2009 um 12:37 am

As always, abso-freaking-lutely gorgeous. I love the strudel ring idea – someday I’ll actually get cake rings so I can do things like that 🙂

Dragon May 28, 2009 um 12:49 am

How creative! Great job on this month’s challenge!

lisa (dandysugar) May 28, 2009 um 1:12 am

Creative and beautiful! I love the strudel ring idea. Your pastry is amazing, so thin! Stunning!

Anonymous May 28, 2009 um 2:01 am

Helen, Helen, Helen!!!!! I hate to repeat myself as I have said this before to you, but again….I am speechless!!!!
I hope you are well!!

Lis May 28, 2009 um 2:26 am

They all look and sound amazing – as I knew they would!!

Bailey.. when is he gonna learn not to stand under mommy’s feet?? heheee


Jenny May 28, 2009 um 2:27 am

How beautiful! And lovely to know I can do something so elegant with the strudel dough.

jillian May 28, 2009 um 2:50 am

I love the strudel rings! Beautiful and creative!

Helene May 28, 2009 um 3:45 am

John: we just need you more on Twitter that’s all:)

Bailey is usually never in the kitchen with me but he was crossing over to his water bowl most unexpectedly…

NKP May 28, 2009 um 4:10 am

Your DB posts are always such a delight. I wish my whole kitchen were covered in giant photos from your website.

Katie May 28, 2009 um 7:11 am

Fantastic! SO creative and they all look amazing.

Anonymous May 28, 2009 um 7:59 am

Speechless. Every time you post something I am stunned and I cannot put in words how delightful everything you do is.

Unknown May 28, 2009 um 8:46 am

thanx for the wonderful recipes….il sure try them out..Please check out the blog mentioned below its really cool….!!!im sure you’ll love it!!!

gine May 28, 2009 um 10:24 am

Amazing – like usually :-)!! XOXO

steph- whisk/spoon May 28, 2009 um 12:04 pm

wow–those rings are just beautiful! and i totally would have thought strudel dough to be too flimsy to work with like that. great job and the flavors sound divine!

Cookie baker Lynn May 28, 2009 um 12:11 pm

I love what a creative perfectionist you are. Every recipe must be tried at least three different ways. And, of course, all of them are beautiful. Well done!

Christy May 28, 2009 um 12:16 pm

You once again put me to shame, Helen!! Coming up with 3 versions of this month’s challenge…and I haven’t even done mine yet!! Brilliant…the roasted quince and fresh roasted peaches one is making me drool all over the keyboard!

ann ju May 28, 2009 um 1:03 pm

it’s just beautifull as usual !well done for the ring.

pixie May 28, 2009 um 1:07 pm

you are always what i aspire to be but somehow come baking time, i am always running around like a headless chicken…then i bake read you blog and say, next challenge!
Thanks for always being an inspiration!

Sheltie Girl May 28, 2009 um 1:34 pm

Fabulous job Helen! I love your strudel circles…it’s such an elegant presentation for the tart too. You are a baking inspiration for me.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Bratsky May 28, 2009 um 2:40 pm

How many tarts would that dough yield, if used precisely as you have used it here? They look so very lovely!!! You have the best presentation ever.

Celeste May 28, 2009 um 3:57 pm

I’m in awe…your creations are insanely perfect! 😉

Helene May 28, 2009 um 4:37 pm

Bratsky: with the dough fully stretched to capacity, I’d say 16-20 depending on the width of your strips.

Clumbsy Cookie May 28, 2009 um 5:33 pm

You poor girl, making strudels at 3am! Me too, I would not make any strudel at home after that! But that’s such a gorgeous dessert Helen! I think that must be even better than the real strudel!

Marion May 28, 2009 um 6:10 pm

Ces tartelettes sont adorables, un vrai délice!

Eléonora May 28, 2009 um 6:39 pm

Tartelette kikou .. I have just taken the time to read some notes and I see that you are born in May .. I am also of the same sign as you … a good bull who loves and loves life .. I see through your beautiful photos and written .. I will write you to google translate and I think the translation may not be good .. but hey, you have the tone of the message and it is with happiness that I 'I discovered a wonderful blog full of light. I went through the beginning of your blog and that way since .. we see the difference from month to month and it is sublime .. you own this pugnacity and magic that makes all the difference … I will follow if you would, with pleasure and passion … that of the kitchen and the picture … it’s the happiness in every ticket we offer you … thank you … see you soon.

Oceanside Creations May 28, 2009 um 6:55 pm

Loving your blog! Everything you make is so tempting. Great inspiration for me as an aspiring pastry chef. I have posted a Lovely Blog Award for you on my blog.

Unknown May 28, 2009 um 7:47 pm

Wow…that is awesome! I love how creative you got. Both versions look great but the ringed version is quite cool!

Jenny Tan May 28, 2009 um 8:20 pm

Helen, you’re a genius! The strudel rings looks perfect…the color, how do u get them baked to such even color???!!! And the rhubarb sorbet color is so beautiful!! How I wish I could go to your place for brunch!!! 😉

Lauren May 28, 2009 um 9:14 pm

Your strudel rings look awesome!! I love how you made the recipe your own =D.

Anonymous May 28, 2009 um 10:16 pm

Absolutely beautiful ! 🙂

chefectomy May 29, 2009 um 1:57 am

This is like a college course in strudel – amazing Helen…


Cakebrain May 29, 2009 um 5:38 am

So creative yet again! And I never thought strudel could be so beautiful!

Shaheen May 29, 2009 um 8:11 am

WOW, Helen! You’re always so creative and different during each challenge. Absolutely adore your creation.

Shaheen May 29, 2009 um 8:13 am

WOW Helen, I love how your strudel looks. You’re always so creative and different each time. I adore your strudel.

Alexandra May 29, 2009 um 8:15 am

Your peach strudel looks so innocent yet very sophisticated…and more than likely addicting!

I got my mom hooked onto your blog! She fell in love with your eye for miniature scale, photography, and creative thinking.

ChichaJo May 29, 2009 um 9:05 am

What a marvellous job you’ve done on this challenge! Love all three! 🙂

Elyse May 29, 2009 um 4:38 pm

Wow! Three for the price of one?! Now that’s just impressive! Those strudel cups with the ricotta tart look amazing. I wish I could’ve had that for breakfast. And, of course, the traditional strudel looks amazing, too! Such a creative baker!

kiss my spatula May 29, 2009 um 9:48 pm

gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. they all look simply divine!

Mercè May 30, 2009 um 6:37 am

How creative and beautiful!!
You are the best!

Teenie May 30, 2009 um 2:42 pm

WOW! Absolutely stunning creations and awe inspiring. Your food photography and styling also amazing.

Gloria Baker May 30, 2009 um 3:17 pm

Maybe many of people said you but this strudel is fantastic and awesome!!! xxGloria

Love the cherries are beautiful!!!

Amy J. May 30, 2009 um 5:36 pm

WOW. I have no doubt that all of your creations were as tasty as they are beautiful!

Chris May 30, 2009 um 7:51 pm

I am just giddy at your prowess. Just stunning.

Hannah May 30, 2009 um 8:10 pm

I don’t even know what to say… If there where a more perfect strudel, it would have to be made of gold! Absolutely beautiful, and so very creative, as always.

Jamie May 31, 2009 um 12:56 am

So amazing! Everything is gorgeous!

ladyironchef May 31, 2009 um 3:02 am

Can i have the leftovers? HAHA 🙂

The Urban Baker May 31, 2009 um 4:01 am

Gorgeous! I had strudel disaster…never even photographed it!

Srivalli May 31, 2009 um 7:39 am

wow..the pictures are just too brilliant!..great creations…

chocolatecup June 1, 2009 um 11:14 am

how ingenious can one get?:P

Holly June 6, 2009 um 1:49 am

You never cease to amaze me, Helen. Outstanding (of course)!

Anonymous August 27, 2009 um 4:47 am

I can't make the link to 'Garretts's rhubarb sorbet work, and would appreciate some help. I really want to try it, rhubarb is having a second flush here in Seattle. thank you so much

eri October 23, 2009 um 8:26 am

i am curious about the process of freezing roasted quince. do you have advice or instructions?

Helene October 25, 2009 um 2:38 pm

Eri: I am assuming you want to freeze it cooked, right? If so, make sure to store the cooked quince in a glass container, no plastic for up to 3 months.

magdalenita. June 28, 2010 um 7:54 pm

Hello Tartelette! I was just wondering… what do you think will happen if making the strudel ring in a 18cm cake ring? I maan… is the ring too fragile to cut into smaller pieces when serving?? Thanks! Greeting from Argnentina =)

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