Apple strudel recipes are the most popular of all the strudel recipes. Although these recipes were very popular in my family’s German heritage they are credited to the Austrians for their origination. The secret of good apple strudel recipes lies in the pastry surrounding the apple filling. The pastry dough is where the bragging begins. Who can make the best pastry?
Strudels are dough filled with apple fillings or other fillings. The
dough is wrapped around the filling in a long roll and often has to be
laid in a circle on a tray to bake. The old fashioned dough for apple
strudel recipes is thin and elastic and made with no leavening in it. It
is kneaded and after resting the dough it is rolled thin similar to
phyllo dough. The dough can be very time consuming but the outcome is
worth the effort. This is why commercially frozen phyllo is often
substituted rather than making it homemade.
Although much importance is placed on the dough for apple strudel recipes, cooks also have pride in the combination of ingredients that they include in the filling recipe. These fillings can be just sliced apples with sugar and cinnamon or the mixture can include nuts, raisins, dates, coconut, cheese or numerous other ingredients.
After the apple strudel recipes are filled down the center the dough is folded over the filling from both sides. When the strudel is baked the dough becomes very flaky and delicious. Apple strudel recipes are traditionally served warm dusted with powdered sugar. For an additional special serving, serve warm topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. How delicious!
NOTE: If you like purchase frozen phyllo dough and use any of the following fillings instead of
APPLE STRUDEL RECIPE
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Place apples in 5 separate bowls.
In each bowl add ½ Teaspoon lemon juice, 1 Teaspoon cinnamon, 2 Tablespoons sugar and 3 Tablespoons bread crumbs; mix together.
Each strudel takes 4 sheets of Filo dough; Brush butter on each sheet and stack on top of each other.
Place one bowl of the apple mixture on the short end of the Filo dough and roll up like a burrito tucking sides in; brush top with butter. REPEAT PROCESS FOR OTHER FOUR STRUDELS.
Bake for 30 minutes. They can be frozen and then bake for 1 hour.
APPLE STRUDEL RECIPE(The old fashion dough)
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Place flour in a bowl.
Place egg white in a cup and add enough water to make ½ cup.
Pour egg white mixture over the flour: and add the salt, oil, and stir until a ball forms.
Hold dough high above a floured countertop and hit the dough hard against the counter at least 20 times or until the dough is smooth and elastic.
Place dough in a bowl and brush the top lightly with lukewarm water.
Cover and let it rest in a warm place for ½ hour.
Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter, add the breadcrumbs and stir until mixed; set aside.
Peel and core apples and cut into thin slices; sprinkle with lemon juice.
Add the cinnamon, sugar, almonds and raisins; mix well and set aside.
Place a clean dish towel 25” x 15” on the counter and sprinkle liberally with flour.
Place the dough on top and roll it out on the towel.
The dough should be the size of the towel and at least thin enough that you can see the structure of the towel through it.
Spread bread crumbs on the dough leaving a 1 inch border around the outside.
Place the apple mixture in a 2 inch strip the long length of the dough.
Roll the dough over the apple strip (use towel to assist) and tuck in the ends.
Repeat laying the apples and continue folding and rolling the dough until the strudel if formed.
Place the strudel on a greased baking sheet with the seam down.
Melt remaining butter and brush all over the roll.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until lightly brown.Place on rack to cool and sift powdered sugar over it.
DATE APPLE STRUDEL RECIPE
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt into bowl; add egg and ¼ cup melted butter.
Blend ice water into flour and egg mixture; knead on floured surface to a smooth ball.
Cover with towel and let rest ½ hour.
Sauté crumbs in 2 tablespoons butter until lightly toasted; add nuts and set aside.
Cut apples into wedges and then slice thinly crosswise.
Mix dates, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon with apples.
Roll dough on floured surface to a 24 X 16 inch rectangle; brush with 2 tablespoons melted butter.
Sprinkle with crumb mixture to within 1 inch of edges; spread evenly with apple mixture.
Begin rolling from long side as for a jelly roll and seal ends.
Shape like a horseshoe and place seam side down on greased baking sheet.
Melt ¼ cup butter and brush on strudel; bake in preheated oven at 400F degrees for 40 minutes.
Brush occasionally with melted butter; serve warm in slices.