Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Almond Peach Strudel

The Vegan Dad blog turns 1 today! Woot woot! 408 posts and going strong! Boy, when I look back at those very first posts I wonder how I ever developed a readership. Today, the blog gets about 1000 hits a day and I look forward to reading your comments and they come in throughout the day. Today also marks my 3rd veganiversary. So, there is much to celebrate! I thawed out the puff pastry I had been storing in the freezer (works beautifully) and made this.

- 1/2 recipe puff pastry
- 4 peaches, skinned and sliced
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds (plus more for top)
- 2 tsp instant tapioca
- 2-4 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- soy milk for brushing
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- splash of almond extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
1. Mix peaches and 1 tbsp of sugar in a bowl and set aside. Roll puff pastry into a large rectangle (9" x 14" or so).
2. By now, the peaches will have released some liquid. Strain peaches with a sieve, draining liquid into a small bowl. Add remaining sugar, almonds, tapioca, remaining sugar, spices, and extract to the peaces and mix well.
3. Place peach filling a bit off centre along the long side of the puff pastry. Bring pastry over the filling and roll. Seal end and place seam-side down on baking sheet.
4. Brush with soy milk and cut slits in the top with a sharp knife every 1.5" or so. Top with as many sliced almonds as you see fit (about 1/4 cup). Bake for 35-40 mins, or until filling is bubbling and pastry is golden brown.
5. Heat 1 tbsp of the reserved peace juice on the stove over medium heat. Add in icing sugar and extract and mix until smooth. Add more liquid, if needed. Drizzle over warm strudel. Serve.


John Plummer said...

Happy Veganiversary! That looks amazingly delicious.

Sanja said...

Congratulations, both with your blogiversary and your veganiversary!

that almond peach strudel looks great!

Ricki said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary, and vegan anniversary! Both amazing accomplishments :). Looking forward to your next year of blogging!. . . especially if you continue to post things like almond peach strudel--drool, drool!

Lisa -- Cravin' Veggies said...

Happy Veganni-blogi-versary!!

Was the date you started blogging a coincidence, or did you plan it?

Anyhoo... great looking strudel.

I can't wait to see what year 2 will bring!!!

twoveganboys said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary. The struedel looks lovely.


Anonymous said...

Happy blogiversary, Vegan Dad! So glad you decided to do this -- I really enjoy your posts and pictures!

Bianca said...

First of all, Happy Veganiversary!!!
Then, Happy Blog Birthday!!!

And finally, that strudel is making me salivate. Like big-time. It reminds of the Toaster Strudels I used to love...only way prettier and healthier.

Sadly, my veganiversary is the day after Thanksgiving, and I'm always so sick of food by then that I never make anything special...just leftover Tofurkey to celebrate.

Sal said...

happy anniversary!! that is one tasty looking strudel.

tofufreak said...

YUM. this combo sounds awesome.

lebkuchen said...

Congrats, Vegan Dad! I love your blog, it is one of my favorites and I appreciate how often you post (it's great to have new stuff to read everyday!) I've enjoyed so many of your recipes..your Sloppy Joes, your mac n' cheeze, and naan. I can't wait for your cookbook!! Keep up the good work! And this strudel looks AMAZING!!

Joanna said...

this is so beautiful! almonds are so delicious. i bet it was delicious

Teresa said...

Wow. This looks super yummy. I just love pastry.

Margaret said...

This looks delicious! Only change I'd make is I would probably use almond milk for brushing, instead of soy milk. The peaches this year are fantastic.

BTW, I adore your blog : )

shelby said...

mmm, those look fantastic! I would never be able to make my own puff pastry but I wish I could just to make these =)

Happy Herbivore! said...

I'm still licking my lips (its been about 5 minutes now).

The Little Mama said...

Happy Anniversary!
And, goodness, you are making me hungry!

Eesh said...

Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more great years of vegan living and cooking!

Janet said...


aTxVegn said...

Happy Blog Birthday! You've written an incredible number of posts in only one year, and so many of your recipes look so tasty, including this one.

Anonymous said...

That looks sooooo good! I'm going to have to try it! If people like you didn't exist, I swear I'd be starving to death! Thanks for your recipes!

Lily Girl said...

Happy blogiversary & veganivesary! I always look forward to reading your posts and I aspire to one day post daily as you do! Thanks for sharing your recipes and ideas with the world.
That strudel look fantastic!

Amy said...

Congrats on the vegiversary! You are the mock meat master! (The strudel looks faaaaabulous)

Vegetation said...

Happy Blog Anniversary!

Sharon R said...

Happy anniversaries! Last year's blog was certainly inspiring.
Yum, peaches and almonds..sounds like a winning combination.

eringee said...

Seems a fitting time to leave my first comment. I adore your blog, I check it almost every day. I have made more of your recipes than any other blogger (or cookbook author for that matter) and I know you will never disappoint. Case in point, had seitan marsala for dinner last night and it was a huge hit! My partner and I's all time fave is the Vegan Hot Wingz, but we have loved each and every thing we have ever tried from your blog. So huge congrats and many thanks from South Florida.

Lisa G/K said...

Mazel Tov! Yasher Koach!

Thanks for all your efforts. Your Utah fanclub 'preciates ya!

Sarah said...

This strudel looks incredible! Happy 1 year & 3 year! What a great way to celebrate. :)

Amey said...

happy blogday!

that strudel looks so good. I wish I could zap a piece of it off the internet and onto a plate for me!!


mustardseed said...

Hi vegandad!

Can I make apple strudel with this? Peaches have disappeared from our supermarkets cause our supply from the US has run dry I guess (:

Vegan Dad said...

thanks all for the kind words and congrats. I actually created the blog several weeks before my first post, but had a hard time trying to figure out what my particular slant would be. Would it be food? Vegan nutrition for kids? Major whining about being vegan in a lass than cosmopolitan city? I decided to go for pretty much just the food, and made my first post on my veganiversary.

As for the strudel, you can put whatever you want in the middle. Dice your apples, though, so they cook through before the pastry burns.