Easy to make Homemade Apple Strudel from Scratch
Whether you live in Austria,or have visited the German-speaking Country, then you sure know that Austria, is known for its beautiful architecture and some really good dessert such as the Apple Strudel.
Apple strudel is puff pastry,which I will be making myself in this post, filled with some lightly cooked apples, flavored with cinnamon.
I love apple strudel for two main reasons. The fact that its super easy to make and it’s not crazy sweet. Personally, I enjoy deserts like most people, but the problem is, I just can not handle desserts with too much sugar. That makes this desert one of my favorite deserts and to make it, you will need;
For the puff pastry;
1 Cup (195 g) All purpose flour
½ Cup (113 g) Very cold Butter
¾ Cups (175 g) Cream Cheese,also cold
Pinch of Salt (¹⁄8 teaspoon)
3 Apples (2 granny smiths and 1 gala)
Braun sugar (¼ cup) (50 g)
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Butter
Pinch of salt (¹⁄8 teaspoon)
1 Tablespoon water
Using one of my must have kitchen gadgets, The food processor, I throw in my flour, butter, cream cheese and salt then process it for about 2 minutes or until it almost forms a ball of dough. Don’t worry if you don’t own a food processor because you can equally do this in a big bowl with a fork to cut butter into the flour and just use a wooden spoon to mix in the cream cheese.
Transfer the dough on plastic wrap and form a ball of dough, the refrigerate for at least 1 hour. I like to do this step a day before.
For the Apple filling, wash and feel your apples, core them ( meaning; remove the stem,seeds and the bud ends the apple after you cut in half. Dice into small bite sizes and sprinkle lemon juice on top to prevent the apples from turning brown.
In a medium size saucepan, on a medium heat,heat up the butter , add apples and brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir often enough to prevent the button of the saucepan from burning. Cook for 15–20 minutes or until apples are soft. Set aside and let it cool completely and pre–heat Oven to 200°c/392°f.
In a small bowl, make egg wash by beating eggs and water with a fork until it gets a bit foamy. Take your puff pastry from the refrigerator and on a clean dry work surface, lightly dust with all-purpose flour and dust rolling-pin as well. Roll firmly, away from you until it is about ¼ inches thin (0.3175 cm)
Use a pastry brush and brush some butter on the entire surface of the rolled puff pastry, this step is totally optional but I find it makes the strudel more flaky. Using the same pastry brush, go around the edges with some egg wash and start folding the strudel. After the last fold, seal the edge by pressing a fork across the entire line. For the two side to your left and right, brush ends with a bit of egg wash and fold under. Press with your fingers to seal.
Lastly, gently transfer strudel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush some more egg wash on top, use a sharp knife and cut a few splits to help the steam evaporate while baking. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar (optional) and bake for 35–40 minutes or until strudel is golden brown.
Dust with powder sugar after it has completely cooled and serve with some warm milk for breakfast or with vanilla ice cream as dessert.
I hope you find this recipe helpful. Give it a try if you have never had apple strudel before and for those of you who love it us much as I do but have never made it, try the recipe and am more that positive you will get hooked.
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If you haven’t already,check out my healthy homemade pizza recipe.