To toast the coconut and pecans for the topping, spread in separate pans and bake in a 350 degrees oven for 5-10 minutes or until light golden brown.
- For Strudel:
- 1 slightly beaten egg white
- 1/2 cup ground pecans
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1/2 of a 4-ounce package sweet baking chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 sheets frozen phyllo dough (about 18x12-inch rectangles), thawed
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- For Topping:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 cup toasted coconut
- 1/4 cup toasted chopped pecans
FOR STRUDEL: In a mixing bowl combine egg white, ground pecans, coconut, chocolate, sugar, milk and vanilla; set filling aside. Unfold phyllo dough; remove 1 sheet. (Cover remaining phyllo with clear plastic wrap to prevent drying.) Place the sheet on a greased 17 x 14-inch baking sheet. Brush with some of the melted butter. Layer another sheet on the first, brushing top with butter. Repeat with remaining sheets and butter. Evenly trim edges of dough.
On both long sides, use scissors to make 4 1/2-inch cuts from edge toward center, spacing the cuts 1 inch apart. Spoon the filling lengthwise down the center of the phyllo stack. Spread into a 3-inch-wide strip. Starting at one end, fold and slightly twist the phyllo strips at an angle over the filling. Tuck ends under. Brush top with remaining butter. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 20-25 minutes, or till golden.
FOR TOPPING: Combine sugar, water and honey. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Transfer braid to a wire rack over a tray. Gradually spoon sugar mixture over braid, allowing it to soak in. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and pecans. Cool.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
209 calories; 13g total fat; 11mg cholesterol; 62mg sodium; 24g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 2g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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