Cherry & poppy seed strudel

Every day I get hundreds of requests to make cakes, pies, and any kind of desserts. Usually the people asking are members of my family, or friends. As I’m still a student and I have a job at the moment, there is not as much free time, as I would love, to make cakes and bake. Baking is something I love to do, something I would gladly do any time of day, so every chance I get I bake.

I always say that the best part of baking is making something from scratch. For me there doesn’t exist a thing that would make me as happy as when I bake a perfect cake, or a perfect pie, from the immaculate crust to the amazing flavour, and sharing it with someone is just the icing on the cake.

This recipe combines poppy seeds and cherries in a delicious strudel. The women in my family are experts in baking strudel, and I have a version of my own for the pastry I use to make a strudel. I make the puff pastry from scratch and after rolling it over and over again I fill it with the mixture of poppy seeds and cherries, but you can see the recipe below!

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Enjoy & happy cooking!

Forest fruit and poppy seed strudel_2

Preparation: 50 min

Cook time: 30 min

Servings: 8 – 12


Puff pastry:

  • 250 g strong flour
  • 250 g cold butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 150 ml water


  • 150 g cherry compote
  • 100 g poppy seeds
  • 200 ml milk
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg

Forest fruit and poppy seed strudel

How to

  1. Place the flour and a pinch of salt in the food processor. Gradually pour in water until all the ingredients come together. Cover the dough in plastic foil and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 min.
  2. Lightly flour the surface and roll the dough. Place the butter in between two parchment papers and roll it out in a square shape but it has to be large as an envelope, so the surface of the rolled out dough is larger. Do it quickly so it doesn’t melt.
  3. Put the butter on the center of the rolled out dough. Fold the dough over the butter and roll it with your rolling-pin in a rectangle shape. Fold the left 1/3 of the dough over the center and cover it with the right 1/3 of the dough, and roll it again. Β Repeat the process for a few times, cover the dough and place it in the fridge for at least 20 min.
  4. Repeat the rolling process for a few more times, and in between you place it in the fridge again for at least 20 min to chill.
  5. In a medium sauce pan bring milk to a boil, add brown sugar & vanilla extract and pour the mixture over poppy seeds. Stir them a few times.
  6. Preheat the oven to 200Β° C. Place a parchment paper over a large baking tray.
  7. Divide the cherries from the compote juice and stir them in with the poppy seeds. Roll out the dough over slightly floured surface and place the filling over it. Roll the strudel.
  8. Place the strudel on the baking tray and finish it by brushing beaten egg over it. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 min, until crispy and golden. Enjoy!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. foodzesty says:

    Looks tasty. I have nominated you for the Bloggers Recognition Award..I am not sure if my previous message was received so I am resending to this comment box. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      It was recieved and I’m grateful for the nomination, I hope to get a chance to respond πŸ™‚


  2. Jodi says:

    This is AMAZING! I have never thought to combine cherry and poppy seed – though I love them both – and I have never made a streudel from scratch! Hope to try some day!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you so much Jodi, I’m glad to read such a nice comment and I’m happy to have shared this recipe with you so you can give it a try, hope it turns out as delicious as it was for me and that you like it! Have a wonderful day 😁

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Twobrits says:

    WE are obsessed with all things cherry flavoured so we can imagine we would absolutely love this, it looks incredible!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you! I’m also obsessed with everything consisting of cherries, so I hope you get the chance to try this recipe out! Have a great weekend! 😁


  4. nancyc says:

    Looks like a very yummy dessert!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you, and if I can say it really was delicious 😁 hope you’re having a great weekend!


  5. Megala says:

    Amazing dessert with the lovely texture & beautiful colour !


  6. Kiki says:

    Cherry and poppy seeds sounds (and looks) like a great combination, although I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before.
    This recipe brings back memories, too, as both my grandmothers used to make strudel for the family. I can still see my maternal grandmother pulling strudel dough all over the dining table. She used to make semolina strudel, but unfortunately no one thought to write down the recipe. Is that something you’ve heard about?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. chefkreso says:

      Thank you again for leaving such a nice comment! You can see that my grandma has a lot of influence on my cooking today πŸ™‚ I’ve heard of it and tried it, but never made it myself, it’s something I should certainly give a try and maybe post a recipe for my version of it. ;D


      1. Kiki says:

        Ha – then I’ll wait for a post from you before I try anything myself πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

      2. chefkreso says:

        Hope it will be soon since I have recipes already stacked up waiting to be published, I’ll do my best! πŸ˜€


      3. Kiki says:

        No pressure πŸ˜‰

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