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Chocolate-Coconut Strudel

November 11, 2021
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Author Notes

During the pandemic, I spent a lot of time experimenting with strudel fillings. I’d always kept it classic—until I discovered the wonders of this chocolate and coconut number. —Erin Jeanne McDowell

Test Kitchen Notes

Bake It Up a Notch is a column by Resident Baking BFF Erin Jeanne McDowell. Each month, she'll help take our baking game to the next level, teaching us all the need-to-know tips and techniques and pointing out all the mistakes to avoid along the way. —The Editors

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Chocolate-Coconut Strudel
  • Prep time 45 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • makes 1 large strudel, about 15 slices
Ingredients
  • Chocolate Filling
  • 3/4 cup (175 grams) heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons (56 grams) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup (70 grams) light or dark brown sugar
  • 10 ounces (285 grams) finely chopped milk chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon (15 g) liqueur of choice, such as coffee, orange, or hazelnut (optional)
  • Strudel
  • 1 recipe prepared and rested Strudel Dough
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted (divided)
  • 1 1/4 cups (128 grams) sweetened coconut, lightly toasted and cooled
  • Turbinado sugar, as needed for finishing
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Make the filling: In a medium pot, heat the cream, butter, and brown sugar over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to medium-low and boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat, stir in the chocolate and salt, stirring well until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the liqueur, if using, and cool to room temperature.
  3. Assemble the strudel: line a tabletop with a tablecloth—oilcloth or linen work especially well. A folding card table, kitchen table, island, or any surface you can walk all the way around work especially well (and make stretching easier).
  4. Remove the strudel dough from the refrigerator. Lightly oil your hands. The dough should feel lightly tacky but not sticky, and it should stretch easily Start by stretching the dough a little like a pizza, trying to keep it rectangular as you work. Once the dough is no longer easy to stretch with your hands, lay it down on the covered table.
  5. Use the back of your hands (closed fists if you have longer nails) to stretch the dough. Put your hands under the dough at one corner, and gently work your fists outwards, working toward the edge of the table. Continue to do this, bit by bit, working around the dough to slowly stretch it out. The goal is to get it so thin you can see through it (if your tablecloth has a pattern, like stripes or dots, this can be a good guideline). Don’t be alarmed if the dough tears (you’ll be rolling it up, and the tears will be hidden inside ultimately! The dough is very strong, so you should be able to stretch it without major tearing.
  6. Once the dough is stretched to the edge of the table, use your fingers to pull gently around the edges to make sure they aren’t too thick.
  7. Drizzle the dough with about ¾ of the melted butter (brushing it on may tear the dough, so be gentle if you attempt). Sprinkle the surface with the coconut in an even layer. Drizzle the cooled chocolate filling all over the surface, and gently spread the filling to create a fairly even layer (it doesn’t need to be perfect).
  8. Working with one of the shorter sides, gently grab the dough and roll it up into a tight spiral. Use the tablecloth to help you—the less you handle the dough, the less likely you are to rip it as you work.
  9. Use scissors to cut any excess dough away from the ends of the strudel. Lift up the rolled strudel and place it diagonally on a baking sheet, seam side down, If it’s too long to fit, you can form it into an S or horseshoe shape instead.
  10. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C with the oven rack in the center. Brush the exterior of the strudel with melted butter and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
  11. Bake until the exterior of the strudel is deeply golden brown, 28 to 32 minutes. Rotate the pan halfway through bake time to help with more even browning. Remove from the oven and cool at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving

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