Mixed berry and ricotta strudels

Mixed berry and ricotta strudels

By
From
Zest
Serves
6
Prep
10 mins
Cooking time
15 mins
Photographer
Ian Hofstetter

This recipe can readily be adapted for other fruits including sliced plums, pears, apples or rhubarb, on their own or combined. Apple and rhubarb makes a delicious combo.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
spray oil
8 sheets filo pastry
300g fresh ricotta
2 tablespoons brown sugar
150g blueberries
125g strawberries, hulled and chopped
120g raspberries
1 teaspoon caster sugar
low-fat ice cream, to serve
icing sugar, to serve

Method

  1. Preheat oven to very hot, 220ºC. Spray 2 baking trays with oil and line them with baking paper.
  2. Working with one sheet of filo pastry at time, place it flat on a clean, dry surface. Spray lightly with oil. Top with a second sheet of filo and spray with oil. Repeat this process until you have 4 layers.
  3. Make a second stack with the remaining 4 sheets of filo pastry, following the same procedure. Cut each stack crosswise into 3 even strips.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta with the brown sugar, blending well. Place an equal amount onto the centre of each filo strip, leaving a 2 cm border. Distribute the berries evenly between the filo strips, mounding them onto the ricotta.
  5. Fold the long sides in, then roll up to enclose the filling, forming a parcel shape. Arrange seam-side down on prepared trays.
  6. Spray with oil and sprinkle with the caster sugar. Bake for 10–15 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately dusted with icing sugar and accompany with ice cream.

Super ingredient: Strawberries

  • Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, potassium, fibre and folate. They boast a number of phyto-chemicals, naturally occurring plant compounds that are now being researched for their medicinal properties. One of these is ellagic acid, a substance that appears to ‘neutralise’ carcinogens in the intestines and so reduces damage to DNA and other genetic material. Best of all, strawberries have a low GI and a punnet of strawberries (125 grams) supplies a mere 100 kilojoules.
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