Apple Strudel

As I have said before I have a favorite deli.  In this deli they have apple strudel sometimes.  It looks delicious but I have a hard time buying it.  I’m am really spoiled, I like mine fresh out of the oven when it is warm.  Yes I could purchase some from the deli or even a bakery and heat it up.  You know, it loses something, done that way.  For many years I have been making my own.  I know it looks difficult to make but it isn’t if you purchase your dough already made. You will find it in the frozen food section.  All you have to do is prepare the filling and bake it and any left over dough can be refrozen.  I have seen many versions of this recipe.  Too many, sometimes isn’t good.  Especially when you find one recipe that you really like.  You’ll always go back to it.  Tradition I find prevails when it comes to something like this.  It’s the mothers and grandmothers recipes that are the best.  The ones that get passed down from generation to generation.  You know what I’m talking about.

When I was little, even now and I smell this recipe baking in the oven, it transports me to another world.  Remembering the good times.  The chatter, the laughter, the clanging from the bowls and utensils, the opening and closing of the oven door.  Who will wash, who will dry and who will put away everything, washed and dried.  The good times.  The people that surrounded us at moments like this, gave us these memories and the recipes, in hope that we would remember them.  Believe it or not we do, each and every time we recreate anything they passed down to us.

So I challenge you.  Create some of your own memories by baking this recipe.  If there is no one around to help you bake, invite someone to share in the final result.  Gathering around the table and eating it with you.  Even that is a memory.  Maybe that person will ask you for the recipe.  So now you’ve started creating memories for someone else.

Apple Strudel 009Core 10 apples.

Apple Strudel 001Peel the apples.

Apple Strudel 002Slice them in a food processor.

Apple Strudel 005Place the sliced apples into a large bowl.  Add 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of flour and about 1-2 tablespoons of cinnamon.  Mix well.  Set aside.  I like to make this part day in advance, place covered it in the fridge.  The apples will give off water and this way you can pour it out before putting it on the dough.  Won’t be soggy.

Apple Strudel 010Melt 1/2 pound of butter.  I always melt more so it I run out then I don’t have to stop and melt more.

Apple Strudel 012On a work surface, place one sheet of phyllo, butter it.  Place another sheet on top, butter it and repeat this 2 more times.  The top layer really doesn’t have to be buttered but I usually do it.

Apple Strudel 015Next place a couple of handfuls of breadcrumbs on the top layer of dough.  This is to adsorb any other water and way your phyllo won’t be soggy.

Apple Strudel 016 IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE BEST HELP AVAILABLE!  This little guy is the best there is. With the exact measuring tools, your hands, add 2 cups or so of the sliced apples to completely cover the top of the dough.  Making sure before you do this, you pour out any excess water out of the bowl. You can add raisins here and some chopped walnuts on top of the apples.  The amount is up to you.  I usually go by site.  My rule of thumb is to make one strudel without raisins and 2 or 3 with.

Apple Strudel 017Gently begin to roll from one end of the strudel as you would for a jelly roll.

Apple Strudel 019Place on a parchment lined pan.  Tucking in the ends under the strudel.  Make a few slits on top of the dough to release the steam.  Brush the entire strudel with butter.

Apple Strudel 021Many times I will cover the strudel with a wet dishtowel and let it sit for a few hours.  While supper is being eaten, I bake the strudels so they are nice and hot when we are ready for dessert.

Apple Strudel 022Bake at 375 degrees until nice and golden.  Approximately 20-30 minutes.  A good way not to over bake is to set your timer for about 15 minutes.  If it isn’t nice and golden, reset timer for another 5 minutes.  Repeat this process until the proper colour is achieved on both the top and bottom.

Apple Strudel 031Place on dessert plates, sprinkle with icing sugar and ENJOY!

RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

1  Box Of Strudel Dough

10 Apples, Corded, Peeled and Sliced

1 Cup Of Raisins

Chopped Walnuts, (OPT.)

Cinnamon To Taste

3/4 Cup Sugar

Pinch Of Salt

1/2 Lb. Of Melted Butter

PREPARATION

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment.  Set aside.

Core and peel the apples. Place the apples into a large bowl, add cinnamon, pinch of salt and sugar.  Mix well.  Set aside.

Take 4 sheets phyllo, one at a time and butter one side of each sheet,  placing one on top of the other.  Next sprinkle a couple of handfuls of breadcrumbs on top of the last sheet.  Followed by a layer of sliced apples.  A way to judge how much, is divide the apples into 3 or 4 equal parts.  It depends on how many strudels you want to make.  Then sprinkle on the amount of raisins and walnuts you would like.  This is all a personal preference.  You may if you like, add some chopped walnuts. Begin to roll from the shorter end of the roll, like for a jellyroll cake.  When it is completely rolled place on the pan tucking the ends under the strudel. When all 3 are done slit a few holes on top and brush the whole roll with melted butter.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the top and bottom are nicely golden in colour.  Cool slightly and serve.  Top with icing sugar or ice cream.

ENJOY!

20 Comments

  1. repurposingjunkie says:

    It’s wonderful how recipes and foods carry memories and traditions each time those special dishes are made. This apple strudel sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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  4. loveyoumoredesigns says:

    They look fabulous, I’m totally hungry now! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xoKathleen Charm Bracelet Diva {At Home}

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