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Valentine Strudel

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dairy sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Cherry Filling

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar cherry preserves
  • 1/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 cups thinly sliced almonds
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Pink Glaze

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Instructions

  1. Cut butter into flour and salt with pastry blender. Stir in sour cream until a soft dough forms. Wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Divide dough into 3 parts. Roll 1 part dough into rectangle, 15 x 10-inches, on lightly floured cloth-covered board. (Refrigerate remaining dough.) Brush butter lengthwise over about 2/3 of rectangle. Gently spread 1/3 Cherry Filling over butter. Roll up tightly, beginning with fruit side. Place on greased baking sheet, bringing ends together to make heart shape. Bake until light golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool 15 minutes, drizzle Pink Glaze over the top.
  4. Cherry Filling: Mix together.
  5. Pink Glaze: Mix well.

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