Cranberry and Apple Strudel

Cranberries and apples a plentiful during the fall season. This wonderful cranberry and apple strudel is a perfect combination for the holidays. This stunning treat is sure to impress all. 

When it comes to fall and the holiday season I love a great strudel. They can be eaten with breakfast or as a lovely dessert. Personally I love them with a cup of tea on a weekend morning. This became a perfect weekend tradition when it gets cooler outside. The puff pastry has a wonderfully flaky crust filled with apples and cranberries. This makes for a wonderful treat for a gathering with friends and family.

In this recipe

This is a great recipe to use up those fresh cranberries. Both fresh and frozen cranberries can be used for this recipe. If you choose to use frozen ones please let them thaw a bit before cooking. This will help with even baking. It will also decrease the amount of liquid that is in the strudel when it cooks. Due to their high water content there is a large amount of cornstarch used in this recipe. 

Ingredients for cranberry and apple strudel on a wooden cutting board
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Puff pastry strudel?

This recipe uses puff pastry instead of strudel pastry. There is a major difference between puff pastry and strudel pastry and that is the elasticity of the dough. Puff pastry is a laminated dough that does not have a lot of gluten development. Whereas strudel pastry is elastic and stretched and includes oil. Another difference between a traditional strudel and a puff pastry strudel is that a traditional strudel filling is rolled in the middle of the dough.   

Bowl of mixed apples and cranberries
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A bowl with mixed apples and cranberries with brown sugar
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Cornstarch added to bowl of mixed fruit and brown sugar
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Sliced puff pastry with cranberry apple filling
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Braided strudel on a lined sheet pan
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Baked strudel on a lined baking sheet
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Make the cranberry and apple strudel filling

The first thing that you will want to do is core and slice the apples. You will want to use nice firm baking apples like Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Pink Lady, or Granny Smith. These apples will still hold their texture while baking. Toss them and the cranberries in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. You will want to make sure that all of the cornstarch coats the apples and cranberries. If there is any water make sure it is poured out before pouring the filling onto the pastry. 

cranberry and apple strudel on a slape board
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Making the braid

The easiest way to make the braided dough is to first pour the mixture in a line down the middle of puff pastry. Then make the cuts for the strips. This allows you to make sure that the cuts do not go too far down the side of the strudel. By doing so it will also help prevent the juices from leaking out. The end of the braid will need to be tucked under to help prevent leakage. There might be some juice that leaks out depending on how much liquid is in the cranberries. 

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Cranberry and Apple Strudel

Strudel filled with apples, cranberries, cinnamon and bourbon.
4.96 from 21 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 391 kcal


  • Sharp knife
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Lined sheet pan
  • Potato peeler
  • Rolling Pin


  • 1 pound puff pastry
  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon milk


  • Preheat the oven to 400°F or gas mark 6.
  • Roll the puff pastry into a large rectangle roughly the size of the baking sheet pan. Place into the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Core and slice the apple into small pieces.
  • In a large bowl combine the lemon juice, brown sugar, bourbon, cinnamon and mix evenly. Toss the apples and cranberries in the sugar mixture gently until evenly coated. Add the cornstarch and toss again.
  • Remove the puff pastry from the refrigerator and pour the apple and cranberry mixture into a line in the center of the puff pastry in the direction of the longest side. Cut inch long strips on each side of the line of apples and cranberries. Starting from the top fold the top edge over the end of the apple mixture. Alternating sides overlap each of the strips in a braid-like fashion.
  • Mix the egg and milk together. Brush the egg wash mixture over the top of the strudel. Bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool before slicing.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 391kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 128mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 3gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 65IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer*
Keyword Apples, Cranberry, Fall, Holiday, Strudel
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21 thoughts on “Cranberry and Apple Strudel”

  1. 5 stars
    This turned out so good, I really enjoyed the slightly tart bite of cranberry with the sweet apples. This would be a terrific dish for a work potluck!

  2. 5 stars
    This would be the perfect sweet treat to make to add to a holiday weekend brunch menu! 🙂 The combo of apples and cranberries is perfect this time of the year.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve never actually gotten the braiding right on a strudel, until now! Thanks for the great step by step. A usually tricky recipe was made so simple.

  4. 5 stars
    I am completely smitten by this recipe! It is the best recipe for the Holiday season! The flavors are perfect and you cannot beat the aroma!!! This just screams, “Christmas”!

  5. 5 stars
    My mom’s friend would always make a strudel when we visited her when I was a child and I loved it. Now I will make my own with this recipe and I love the added cranberries.

  6. 5 stars
    This cranberry apple strudel was the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Your instructions made it so easy to prepare that I’m making it again for a weekend brunch in the coming days.

  7. 5 stars
    I love the combination of apples and cranberries. This strudel is perfect for all the holiday brunches I will be hosting. I know it will be a hit with the guests.

  8. How festive! I love how you used puff pastry as a shortcut and when I serve this beautiful strudel on Christmas morning, no one will ever know how easy it really was!

  9. 5 stars
    I love the ease of this recipe. Sometimes I don’t like to complicate things and using a sheet of puff pastry is the solution, just like in this recipe. The filling is so delicious. This is an easy recipe to bring to parties and share.

  10. 5 stars
    Delicious! Takes me back to childhood when my grandma used to make strudel! Adding cranberries was new to me – I have always made strudel with raisins.

  11. 5 stars
    This pastry looks amazingly delicious and very yummy! It was perfectly baked which makes it so enticing and tempting! An amazing treat for everyone to love and enjoy!

  12. 5 stars
    I am so happy to come across your post, as this is the type of strudel my grandma used to make! I have learned strudel means different things in different areas. Happy to find a similar recipe!

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