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How To Make Apple Strudel

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Apple Strudel is a traditional Austrian dessert, also eaten for breakfast. Apples, raisins, breadcrumbs, and cinnamon wrapped in a crispy dough crust with a cup of coffee sounds like a great start to any day.

close up of two slices of apple strudel

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You know I’m a big fan of apple baked goods – I have apple cinnamon swirl bread, apple donut mini muffins, apple cinnamon bundt cake, and even a collection of the best apple desserts.

But I have never made an apple strudel. I’m not even sure if I’ve eaten one. So today, we have Lindsey from Salty Lemon Sister here to share her recipe. I will turn the stage over to her…

Apple Strudel is one of my favorite autumn desserts. When I was pregnant with my baby girl I spent a month making them over and over again. I worked with variations until I found the perfect combination of ingredients.

close up of two slices of apple strudel

You can make your own dough for this, but I like the extra crispy crunch of puff pastry dough. This type of dough is a bit more labor-intensive since you have to make multiple layers of paper-thin dough. The good thing is that you can buy perfectly delicious frozen puff pastry dough at the grocery store, so for this recipe that’s what we’ll use. If you can’t find puff pastry dough, you can use phyllo dough instead. It’s just as tasty! 

My grandma moved to the United States from Germany over 50 years ago. I grew up eating a combination of German and Mexican dishes at her house every time I went there. There’s a certain nostalgia that comes when I make her food. This and many dishes like it are part of the reason why I have a passion for cooking. This particular easy Apple Strudel recipe is adapted from hers along with her Apple Pie

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  1. Apples: The best apples for this apple strudel recipe are Granny Smith. They are a firmer which hold up to baking better. They are also more tart and that balances better with the other sweet ingredients involved.
  2. Lemon juice: A little lemon juice will add a bit more tartness and keep the apples from turning brown (oxidizing).
  3. Cinnamon: Used for flavoring.
  4. Salt: Also used for flavoring.
  5. Raisins: Plump raisins add texture and sweetness.
  6. Rum: Use a little rum to soak the raisins to make them nice and fat.
  7. Sugar: Use a little sugar with the apples to make sure it’s not too tart.
  8. Butter: Use butter to brush the layers of dough.
  9. Breadcrumbs: Toasted breadcrumbs are a signature part of Apple Strudel.
  10. Puff Pastry dough: This dough will make your strudel fluffy. You can use phyllo dough instead if you can find it.
Apple strudel ingredients on a marble surface

TOOLS FOUND ON AMAZON TO HELP YOU:

  • Baking Pan – Use one with a lip so you don’t have anything sliding off.
  • Peeler – This peeler is great for apples, cucumbers, potatoes – you name it.
  • Veggie Chopper – This chopper is for veggies, but it’ll work on apples too. It’s great for getting uniform size.
  • Rolling Pin – You’ll need to roll out the dough and using a rolling pin is more official than a wine or vodka bottle…though those will work.
Ingredient of Apple Strudel on a baking sheet

HOW TO MAKE IT

This Apple Strudel recipe may look intimidating, but I promise it’s easier than it looks! Give these steps a try and you’ll see.

  1. Heat the oven to 350° F and move the rack in the lower third of the oven. Combine the raisins and the rum in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Let them sit and plump up while you continue with the other steps.
  2. Core, peel, and slice the apples to a 1/2 inch thickness then cut them in 1/4 inch wedges. See the photo.
  3. Place the apples in a large bowl and stir in the lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, drained raisins, and sugar.
  4. Add the breadcrumbs to a non-greased sauté pan and cook, stirring, on medium heat until toasted and golden brown.
  5. Place a large piece of parchment paper on a work surface and lay out the puff pastry dough. This will allow you to easily transfer the Apple Strudel to the baking sheet later. Roll out the dough using a rolling pin.
  6. Melt the butter in a microwavable bowl, preferably glass, in the microwave in 30-second increments. Stop when the butter is 90% melted and stir to melt it the rest of the way. Butter will splatter everywhere if it’s heated in the microwave for too long. Trust me on this one 😉 Brush the dough with butter leaving a one-inch edge all the way around. Put the second layer on top and brush it with butter as well.
  7. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 12 inches x 24 inches.
  8. Sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs over the dough leaving a 1-inch border. Spoon the apple mixture on top of the breadcrumbs. Roll the dough into a log shape, tucking the ends in as you go. End with the seam side on the bottom. Brush the top with the remaining butter and sprinkle with raw sugar.
  9. Lift the parchment paper onto the baking sheet and bake on the lowered rack for 45 – 55 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.
  10. Allow it to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing with a serrated knife.
  11. Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream!

FAQ

  1. Which pastry is apple strudel made from? You can easily make your own dough from ingredients you probably have on hand. You can also use phyllo dough, like it this recipe, or puff pastry dough.
  2. What are the best apples to use for apple strudel? The best apples are the green, tart ones. They are firmer and hold up to baking for a great texture. They are also not as sweet as red or pink apples and this adds to the flavor.
  3. What is the difference between apple strudel and apple streusel? Apple strudel has a flaky dough wrapped around the filling, while apple streusel is topped with a crumbly mixture of sugar, butter, and flour.
  4. How long can you keep apple strudel? You can keep apple strudel on the counter the day you bake it, then wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

CAN I FREEZE IT?

You can also freeze apple strudel after you roll it up and before you bake it. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a large zip-top bag. Be sure to date and label it. I also suggest keeping a list of everything in your freezer so you never forget what’s in there, you don’t have to throw out freezer-burned food, and to save money by eating what you already have saved.

ORIGIN

You may be surprised to know Apfelstrudel one of the top 5 national foods of Austria. Most popular in Vienna, the oldest known traditional Apple Strudel recipe is from 1697. Apple Strudel is widely known to be a German dessert, however, that’s not quite accurate. It is fair to say that it’s popular all over the region, though.

baked apple strudel with two pieces cut

NEED MORE APPLE TREATS? TRY THESE:

Apple Filled Pulled Apart Bread
Apple Cinnamon Zucchini Muffins
Apple Peanut Butter Blondies
Slow Cooker Applesauce

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close up of two slices of apple strudel

How To Make Apple Strudel

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Apple Strudel is a traditional Austrian dessert, also eaten for breakfast. Apples, raisins, breadcrumbs, and cinnamon wrapped in a crispy dough crust with a cup of coffee sounds like a great start to any day.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 736 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 pounds crisp apples (about 4)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 puff pastry sheets

Instructions
 

  • Heat the oven to 350° F and move the rack in the lower third of the oven. Combine the raisins and the rum in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Let them sit and plump up while you continue with the other steps.
  • Core, peel, and slice the apples to a 1/2 inch thickness then cut them in 1/4 inch wedges. See the photo.
    Dough covered with apples, raisins, and breadcrumbs
  • Place the apples in a large bowl and stir in the lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, drained raisins, sugar, and vanilla.
  • Add the breadcrumbs to a non-greased sauté pan and cook, stirring, on medium heat until toasted and golden brown.
  • Place a large piece of parchment paper on a work surface and lay out the puff pastry dough. This will allow you to easily transfer the Apple Strudel to the baking sheet later.
  • Melt the butter in a microwavable bowl, preferably glass, in the microwave in 30-second increments. Stop when the butter is 90% melted and stir to melt it the rest of the way. Butter will splatter everywhere if it's heated in the microwave for too long. Trust me on this one 😉 Brush a layer of the dough with butter leaving a one-inch edge all the way around. Put the second layer on top and brush it with butter as well.
  • Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 12inches x 24inches.
  • Sprinkle the toasted bread crumbs over the dough leaving a 1-inch border. Spoon the apple mixture on top of the breadcrumbs. Roll the dough into a log shape, tucking the ends in as you go. End with the seam side on the bottom. Brush the top with the remaining butter and sprinkle with the raw sugar.
  • Lift the parchment paper onto the baking sheet and bake on the lowered rack for 45 – 55 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.
  • Allow it to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before slicing with a serrated knife.
  • Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream!

Notes

** Pro tip: You can also freeze apple strudel after you roll it up and before you bake it. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and place it in a large zip-top bag. Be sure to date and label it. I also suggest keeping a list of everything in your freezer so you never forget what’s in there, you don’t have to throw out freezer-burned food, and to save money by eating what you already have saved.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 736kcalCarbohydrates: 84gProtein: 9gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 447mgPotassium: 311mgFiber: 5gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 353IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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