Pumpkin & pecan strudel
- Preparation and cooking time
- More effort
- Serves 6
- 1kg/2lb 4 oz pumpkin or butternut squash (peeled weight- 1 medium pumpkin or 1 large butternut squash), deseeded and cut into large chunks
- 2 tsp vegetable oil
- 140g soft light brown sugar , plus extra for sprinkling
- 100g ground almond
- 100g fresh white breadcrumb
- 1 large egg , beaten, ½ tbsp reserved for glazing
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- good grating nutmeg
- 6 sheets filo pastry
- 85g butter , melted
- 100g pecan , chopped, 1 tbsp reserved for the top
- maple syrup , to serve
- cream or custard , to serve (optional)
- STEP 1
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the pumpkin or squash with the oil on a baking tray. Bake for 45 mins until really tender, then leave to cool.
- STEP 2
Tip the pumpkin into a food processor, whizz until smooth, then tip into a bowl. Add the sugar, almonds, breadcrumbs, egg and spices, and mix well. This can be done up to 2 days ahead.
- STEP 3
Lower oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Layer the pastry sheets on top of each other, brushing some melted butter and a sprinkling of sugar and chopped pecans between each sheet. Spoon the pumpkin filling along one long edge of the pastry in a long log shape, leaving a 2.5cm gap at either end. Turn up the ends, then carefully roll up the strudel and brush the edge with egg to seal.
- STEP 4
Transfer to a baking tray, sealed-side down. Brush with the reserved egg, drizzle over any leftover butter and sprinkle with the reserved pecans and extra sugar. Bake for 40 mins until golden and crisp. Leave to stand for 10 mins before slicing, then serve with maple syrup and cream or custard, if you like.