Holiday 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 beame a perfect weekend tradition when it gets cooler outside. 

In this recipe

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. 

Ingredients of the cranberry apple strudel
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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. Due to their high water content there is a large amount of cornstarch used in this recipe. 

The cranberry apple strudel ingredients mixed
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Cranberry apple strudel before braiding
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Tips and tricks

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.

Cooling cranberry apple strudel
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The strudel can be frozen prior to baking or afterwards. However it is better to cook the strudel and then freeze it sliced or in larger portions. This will make sure you don’t have a large space used by the whole strudel. When storing make sure that the strudel has been at room temperature for at least an hour to prevent excessive moisture buildup within the container. 

Slices of cranberry apple strudel
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Cranberry and Apple Strudel dusted and sliced
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Cranberry and Apple Strudel

Strudel filled with apples, cranberries, cinnamon and bourbon.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 391 kcal


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


  • 1 lbs puff pastry
  • 3 apples
  • 1 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp 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.
  • Peel the apples with the potato peeler. 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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