Pear, chocolate & marzipan strudel

Prepare ahead and freeze this rich filo pastry pud, then cook from frozen for the perfect fuss-free seasonal dessert

  • Prep:25 mins
    Cook:45 mins
    plus cooling
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 521
  • fat 25g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 66g
  • sugars 47g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 5g
  • salt 1.2g


  • 85g butter, melted, plus a little extra
  • 5 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 4 tbsp light muscovado sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 tbsp Disaronno (optional)
  • 100g ginger biscuits, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 100g marzipan, chopped into small pieces
  • 250g pack filo pastry (at least 6 sheets)
  • icing sugar and cream, to serve


  1. Melt a knob of butter in a large frying pan, add the pears and 1 tbsp sugar, and cook for 5 mins. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool. Then add the Disaronno (if using), biscuits, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, and 2 tbsp sugar and mix well.

  2. Line a tray with baking parchment. Lay a sheet of filo on it, brush with melted butter and sprinkle with a little sugar. Top with a second sheet of filo and keep going until you’ve used all the pastry. Pile the filling down one of the long sides of the pastry, then roll it up to form a sausage. Make sure it is seam-side down, then tuck the ends under tightly. Roll up in the parchment, wrap tightly in foil and freeze.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put a tray in the oven to heat. Unwrap the strudel and place, seam-side down and still on its parchment, onto the tray. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle over 1 tbsp sugar. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until golden and crisp. Leave to cool for 10 mins, then dust with icing sugar.

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