Apple Strudel: The Perfect Pastry

Kate Donahue | Food Babbles

Apple strudel is a sweet, simple dessert that's perfect for lovers of breads and sweets. Try it today!

Apple Strudel Photo

Baking bread is something I'm so passionate about, and a skill I've honed over time. These days I bake nearly all the bread for our five-person household and that includes not only our sandwich bread and crusty loaves of dinner bread, but sweet breads too. My girls adore my Cinnamon Pear Twist Bread, it's their favorite!

When I made that awesome Goat Cheese Pizza with Pear and Caramelized Onions, I mentioned that I live in a household of some seriously picky eaters and my husband is the biggest offender. When it comes to desserts and sweet breads, he's all about simplicity and classic flavors. Apple pie is his favorite dessert, so this warm Apple Strudel definitely fits the bill for him.

Apple Strudel Picture

Lovely flakey layers of puff pastry are filled with two kinds of juicy apples tossed in cinnamon, brown sugar and pecans. Traditionally, a strudel is made with a tissue paper thin dough. You must roll it so thin that you can see through it. For those of us with limited counter space, (ahem, me!), I've simplified the process by using frozen puff pastry here.

It's a great shortcut that doesn't shortcut on the taste, just time. The end result is a lovely golden loaf, sprinkled with coarse sugar crystals for an easy, stunning homemade dessert or afternoon snack.

    20 Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 sheets puff pastry, thawed as per package instructions
  • 2 cups apple, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons shortbread cookie crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten, with 1 teaspoon water
  • 1-3 teaspoons turbinado sugar, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss apples with granulated sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and flour. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and shortbread cookie crumbs. Set aside.
  4. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry to a rectangle measuring 10-inches by 12-inches. Sprinkle with half of the nut mixture and place half of the apples on top. Fold one of the long sides over the apples. Begin to roll up the strudel, tucking in the ends and pinching them as you go to seal the ends. Place the log on prepared baking sheet, seam side down.
  5. Brush the log with egg wash and make slits in the top with a sharp knife. Sprinkle top with Turbinado sugar. Repeat process with remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Remove to a cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
°FLine a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.In a medium bowl, toss apples with granulated sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and flour. Set aside.In a small bowl, combine pecans, brown sugar and shortbread cookie crumbs. Set aside.Roll out one sheet of puff pastry to a rectangle measuring 10-inches by 12-inches. Sprinkle with half of the nut mixture and place half of the apples on top. Fold one of the long sides over the apples. Begin to roll up the strudel, tucking in the ends and pinching them as you go to seal the ends. Place the log on prepared baking sheet, seam side down.


 


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Kate babbles about all things food on her own blog, Food Babbles, and about feeding her girls the best way. Here on Food Fanatic, she wows us with her commitment to homemade, fresh baking, week after week.

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    Maybe SHEET means something different to you, but two sheet of puff pastry is NOT what you use in your recipe. Each SHEET is one layer, and a bit thinner than a piece of paper. I believe you meant both halves of the entries box which is several sheets. Additionally, you say to roll out the pastry dough. That implies using a rolling pin, when all you are doing is unpacking the box of pastry dough. Very careless wording if you're trying to actually help people cook...

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    @ john

    John, I believe you're thinking of phyllo dough.

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    vary good recipe i gonna ask my sister to make this! ^_^

    Christina-lane
    dessertfortwo.com

    Aren't picky eaters the worst? Sometimes I just want to curl up with my bowl of tofu and not get any criticism for it! But this strudel? Everyone can get behind this! YUM!

    Brooklyn-farm-girl
    brooklynfarmgirl.com

    Absolutely right, strudel is the perfect pastry. The first picture has me craving for some.