I just love to bake and there isn’t a weekend that goes by that I don’t bake something. I know, it’s summer and it’s too hot for the oven. But as I’ve said many times before baking relaxes me and it’s very therapeutic for me. I love to experiment with new pastries and to see the final result, it just makes me so happy.
Whenever we buy fruits, all I can think of are all the pastries I can make with them. These peach strudels are so adorable and so scrumptious. You can really fill them with anything you prefer, like apples, cherries, apricots, etc.
This recipe will make 8 strudels so if you want more you can double the recipe.
Start by warming up half the milk in a microwave for about 20 seconds, you don’t want it boiling. To the milk add a teaspoon of honey and a couple tablespoons of flour. Mix it all well, then add the yeast. Whisk it all well together and let it sit for about half hour.
After half hour if your yeast was not expired the dough starter should have doubled up in size.
Now add this dough starter to the mixer bowl, and add the egg, and the sugar. Mix it well until it’s well incorporated. Add the flour to the bowl, the butter, vanilla extract, the remaining milk, salt and mix well on medium speed for a couple minutes. The dough should be soft and pliable. Form in a ball and let it rise in a warm spot.
While the dough is rising, you can get the peaches ready. You’ll need about 3 large peaches for the 8 strudels.
Wash the peaches and peel them and remove the pits. Cut them up in slices, they don’t have to be too thin. In a small sauce pan add the peaches and 1/4 cup of sugar. Turn the heat to medium and cook the peaches for about 5 minutes.
Let the peaches cool, they need to be cold before we add them to the pastry. The dough should take about an hour to double in size.
Cut the dough in 8 equal pieces and roll each one of them up in a ball.
Let them rest for another half hour and they will double in size. After half hour, take one of the balls, and roll it out into a rectangle about 6 inches wide and 6 inches long. Place a heaping tablespoon of the peach filling into the middle of the rectangle, and fold one of the sides over the filling. Use a fork to seam the dough. Now take a pair of scissors and cut the other third of the dough into thin strips as you see in the picture below:
This is a bit of a messy job, but a lot of fun. Now take each long strip and fold it over the roll and tuck it in underneath. Continue this with the remaining dough and peaches. Place them on a cookie sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper and let them rest for about 10 minutes.
Before baking brush each strudel with egg wash and bake in the oven at 375 F degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. They look so cute and adorable, and trust me they taste delicious too.