Apple Strudel Recipe
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Grandma's Apple Strudel Recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine Austrian
Keyword apple strudel

Ingredients

Dough

  • 250 grams Flour
  • 125 millilitres Water (lukewarm)
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • Oil or liquid butter for coating the surface

Apple Strudel filling

  • 1 kilos Styrian apples (approximately)
  • 4-5 tablespoons Bread crumbs
  • Butter
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Instructions

Preparing the Apple Strudel

  • For the dough recipe, combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, add lukewarm water and oil and knead into a flexible dough using an electric handmixer.
  • Knead for about 5 to 7 minutes, in order to get a smooth dough.
  • Once this is done, form the dough into a ball, place it into a bowl and lightly brush it with oil to avoid drying out. 
  • Now the dough should rest for at least one hour, the longer the better!
    Our tip: The longer you let the dough rest, the easier it will be to pull and stretch it out later.
  • For the filling, peel and core the apples before cutting them into thin slices and keep in a bowl.
  • The breadcrumbs need to be sautéed in butter until golden brown. Be careful! Once they start browining, it is very easy to burn them.

How to pull out the Strudel dough

  • Cover a large rectangular worktop or table with a clean cloth and generously flour the cloth.
  • Cut your dough ball into half and start working with one part.
  • Place the dough in the centre of the cloth, flatten the dough ball with your hands, then roll it out with a rolling pin and finally stretch it over the back of your hand.
  • The last and most delicate part of pulling and stretching is done on the floured cloth. Now is the point, when we have to try to shape the dough into a roughly rectangular form, while at the same time avoiding to make holes in it.
  • Remember! The thinner you stretch out your dough, the lighter and flakier will your Strudel be.

Filling

  • When placing the filling on the dough, remember to leave a rim of approximately 5 to 10 cm around the edges. Start by spreading the golden brown, buttered breadcrumbs, followed by half of the apple filling. Let's not forget, there is a second dough ball for another Strudel!
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon, raisins and sugar if necessary – this will largely depend on the kind of apples you are using. Some old varieties might not be sweet enough.
  • Now brush the dough with oil or liquid butter, fold in the edges, roll the strudel with the help of the cloth and place it on a previously oiled baking sheet. 

Using the cloth to transfer the Strudel onto the baking sheet

  • The floured cloth not only serves us well to pull out the dough and roll the Strudel, it is particularly helpful, to hoist the Strudel onto the baking sheet undamaged. For this step we need to fold the cloth under the rolled Strudel, making sure that the part with the breadcrumbs is on top.
  • By grabbing hold of the two ends of the cloth, we lift our masterpiece off the worktop and gently push it onto the baking sheet. Ideally, the breadcrumbs will come to lie beneath the apples again, which is where they are supposed to be as it is their job to absorb the apples juice during the baking process.
  • We'll do the same with the second half of the dough, drizzle some butter or oil onto the surface of our Strudel before baking them for 45 minutes at 200 ºC. After a short time the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon will waft through our house, creating a cosy feeling all around.

Notes

The best way to enjoy Apple Strudel is to eat it while it is still slightly warm from the oven!
Our tip: If you want your Apple Strudel to have a shiny surface, you only need to brush it with a beaten egg before baking it.