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Cheesy Plum Strudel

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INGREDIENTS

16 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp. grated lemon peel zest
1 cup Wisconsin Brick or Muenster cheese, shredded (about 4 oz.)
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 lb. fresh, ripe plums, pitted and diced
8 phyllo dough sheets
3 tbsp. butter, melted
2 tbsp. breadcrumbs, plain, dry and divided

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 1
    In medium-sized bowl, mix together cream cheese and sugar. Add egg, lemon zest, shredded cheese, and almonds; mix until just blended. Fold in plums; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  2. 2
    Place one sheet of phyllo dough on clean work surface. Brush with butter and sprinkle with 1 tsp. of breadcrumbs. Top with another sheet of phyllo and brush with butter. Place a third sheet of phyllo across the two sheets to create a T-shape; brush with butter and sprinkle with 1 tsp. breadcrumbs. Top with another phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Lay next sheet in the same direction as the first two sheets; brush with butter and sprinkle withbread crumbs. Top with another sheet and brush with butter. Repeat the process with remaining two sheets going in the opposite direction. The final configuration should be a cross with four sheets of buttered phyllo positioned in each direction.
  3. 3
    Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  4. 4
    Butter a 9" pie plate. Center phyllo cross in the prepared pie plate (the edges will overlap quite a bit). Spoon plum mixture evenly into shell; loosely cover filling with overlapping phyllo to enclose. Brush top of dough with remaining butter.
  5. 5
    Bake strudel for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown and heated through. Let strudel stand at least 1 hour before cutting it into wedges.

notes

You may substitute 1 32 oz. can plums, drained, pitted and diced

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