Pear, chocolate & marzipan strudel

Pear, chocolate & marzipan strudel

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 45 mins plus cooling

Skill level



Serves 6

Prepare ahead and freeze this rich filo pastry pud, then cook from frozen for the perfect fuss-free seasonal dessert

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 85g butter, melted, plus a little extra
  • 5 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 4 tbsp light muscovado sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tbsp Disaronno (optional)
  • 100g ginger biscuits, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 100g marzipan, chopped into small pieces
  • 250g pack filo pastry (at least 6 sheets)
  • icing sugar and cream, to serve

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  1. Melt a knob of butter in a large frying pan, add the pears and 1 tbsp sugar, and cook for 5 mins. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool. Then add the Disaronno (if using), biscuits, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, and 2 tbsp sugar and mix well.
  2. Line a tray with baking parchment. Lay a sheet of filo on it, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little sugar. Top with a second sheet of filo and keep going until you’ve used all the pastry. Pile the filling down one of the long sides of the pastry, then roll it up to form a sausage. Make sure it is seam-side down, then tuck the ends under tightly. Roll up in the parchment, wrap tightly in foil and freeze.
  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put a tray in the oven to heat. Unwrap the strudel and place, seam-side down and still on its parchment, onto the tray. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle over 1 tbsp sugar. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until golden and crisp. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then dust with icing sugar.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2013

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valjohn's picture
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This tasted lovely but it looked terrible. I followed the instructions to the letter and unfortunately it stuck to the grease proof paper so half the pastry got left behind. I cooked it from frozen but the top cracked and some of the filling spilled out. It would certainly not win any beauty contests but neither would I bother making it again.

starlucy100's picture
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This was lovely, I only made a third of the recipe as I didn't have much filo pastry but it was delicious. It is very rich and you only need a little. Next time I may put more marzipan in as I couldn't taste it.

joannepd's picture

Very easy and enjoyable to make. Froze as advised. Looked good at that point but when it was cooked - even though I cooked it seam side down- it just burst apart. There was a lot of filling and in retrospect I wouldn't have used it all. Also this was far too rich and chocolatey for me and sadly wasn't enjoyed.

frick's picture

My husband made this whilst I was out of the house, so the recipe is easy. There is no guidance on how large the pear pieces should be - he erred on the side of caution and chopped them small and, as a result, it wasn't so easy to discern the pear when eating. It looks impressive andif you like marzipan and chocolate you will not be disappointed. We froze portions of the cooked strudel and have since served up to admiring visitors.

marthaeve's picture

made this for dinner party and all loved it, very rich, used the amoretto disaronno, more than enough for 6 people, careful not to overstuff as it did squelch out at one end. Made if from frozen and pastry was crisp. Give it a 5