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Easy Apple Strudel

Making strudel dough from scratch is notoriously difficult and time consuming. Here, we have simplified the recipe using puff pastry so you can easily create a similar treat at home. The filling is still very traditional, and will bring back memories of cosmopolitan Vienna and sophisticated coffeehouses. Close your eyes and you may even hear a lilting Strauss waltz.

A slice of apple strudel showing the filling of apples, raisins, and walnuts on a white plate with blue trim.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet (1/2 box) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • Flour for dusting
  • ½ C (96 g) sugar
  • ¼ C (30 g) walnuts, finely chopped
  • ⅓ C (55 g) raisins
  • ½ tsp (1.5 g) lemon zest
  • 1 tsp (2 g) cinnamon
  • 3 C (½ kg) chopped peeled Pippin apples (approx. 2-3 apples)
  • 2 T (29 g) butter, melted
  • 1 T (2 g) breadcrumbs

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Lay puff pastry on a clean, floured kitchen towel. Lightly dust with flour. Roll very thin, to 14 x 17 inches (35 x 45 cm), gently sealing any tears with your fingers; set aside.

In a bowl, combine sugar, walnuts, raisins, lemon zest and cinnamon. Add apples, toss gently to mix.

Lightly brush dough with most of melted butter; sprinkle with breadcrumbs; add apple mixture down center of dough leaving a 1-inch (2-cm) margin. Fold in 1 inch (2 cm) along 2 short and 1 long side of dough; moisten edges lightly with water, and roll dough toward unfolded long edge, using towel to assist as needed and enclosing filling. Press gently to seal. Using towel as a sling, transfer strudel seam-side down to a cookie sheet, brush lightly with remaining butter. Prick top with a fork and bake 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool 10 minutes before slicing crosswise into 12 pieces.

Serving Suggestion

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or custard sauce.

  • Prep time: 18 minutes.
  • Cook time: 30 minutes.
  • Makes 12 servings.