Spinach, Pear and Taleggio Strudel - the recipe for a scrumptious savoury strudel filled with spinach, pear and Taleggio cheese.
AuthorRecipe adapted from Donna Moderna
150gms– 5.3 oz. flour
150gms– 5.3 oz. spinachweighed before cooking
2small to medium pearspeeled and chopped
150gms– 5.3 oz. Taleggio cheesechopped
30gms– 1 oz. butter
40gms– 1.4 oz. breadcrumbs
20gms– 0.7 oz. pine nuts
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Put the flour, 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, the egg, a pinch of salt and 50 ml – 1.7 oz. of lukewarm water in an electric mixer and mix until combined. Then knead well with your hands until you get a smooth dough.
Cover it in cling wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes.
Sauté the garlic and the pine nuts in a pan with half the butter.
Add the spinach and a pinch of salt and pepper and cook for a couple of minutes.
Add the chopped pears, mix and put the fire off.
Melt the remaining half butter over low heat, add the breadcrumbs and roast them for a few minutes, until all the butter has been absorbed and the breadcrumbs have turned a golden brown.
Roll the dough on baking paper into a very thin sheet (the thinner the better).
Dust it with the breadcrumbs, top it with the spinach and pear mix and the chopped Taleggio.
Fold the edges inwards on top of the filling, so that it does not come out. Then, gently lift the edge of the baking paper and roll the strudel with it without touching it with your hands. You have to roll it along the longer side, so it will be long and thin (and not the other way around!). Lift it and gently put it onto a baking tray.
Brush it with some melted butter or eggwash and sprinkle a little salt on the surface.
Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C – 430°F for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.