Place the mincemeat in a bowl with the chopped apples and cranberries. Add the orange juice and zest, along with the brandy. Mix the ingredients together well and put aside for 30 minutes to infuse. Take the vanilla sponge and cut half into 1cm thick slices. Crumble the remaining half into crumbs. Add the cake crumbs to the mincemeat and cranberry mixture and combine well. Place the pre-rolled puff pastry sheet onto your work top and place the sliced sponge down the middle of the puff pastry. Carefully spoon the mincemeat filling on top of the sponge (this will prevent any juices from making the puff pastry soggy during cooking) and cut the excess pastry on both sides into 2cm strips horizontally, but still keep them attached to the center. Next, start to fold the pastry strips alternatively over the mincemeat filling, from one side to another, like a plait. Place the finished strudel on a greased baking sheet and bake in the oven at 200`c for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy. Remove the puff pastry strudel from the oven and allow to cool down for 10 minutes. Carefully lift the strudel onto a long serving plate, dust with icing sugar and serve. The cranberry and mincemeat puff pastry strudel can be served either hot or cold, sliced into thick portions.

Serves 10

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