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THE BEST APPLE STRUDEL

Apple strudel is a flaky and buttery puff pastry filled with grated apples. These apples are mixed and flavoured with sugar, vanilla, zest of lemon, walnuts or pecans and raising. Apple strudel is often served with vanilla ice cream in European cafés, such as Austria, Czech or Hungary.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Czech
Keyword: apple strudel, apple strudel puff pastry, czech apple strudel, czech strudel
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces (454 g) defrosted puff pastry Tendeflake or Pepperidge farms
  • 1 tbsp butter plus extra slices for the filling
  • 1 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 4 large apples cored and peeled
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecan nuts
  • 1 cup sultana raisins
  • 6 tbsp fine sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbsp zest from lemon
  • 1 large egg for egg wash

Instructions

Toast the breadcrumbs

  • Reheat a pan on low-medium heat and melt 1 tbsp of butter. Add plain breadcrumbs and toast for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F/ 177 C, middle rack and prepare a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Clean, core and grate apples and place them in a large bowl. Mix the apples with all the dry ingredients (chopped nuts, raisins, sugar, vanilla sugar, zest from lemon, cinnamon).

Roll Puff Pastry

  • Lay first puff pastry on a clean flour-dusted surface and roll it into a thin 14"x 8" inches rectangular shape.

Fill Puff Pastry

  • Place in the middle of the puff pastry 1/4 of the toasted breadcrumbs, than place on top of the breadcrumbs half of the apple mixture. Some apples might lose lots of liquids, squeeze some liquids, but not all. Add another 1/4 of breadcrumbs on the top of the apple mixture and add a few slices of butter.
  • Close the puff pastry by folding the bottom of puff pastry it over the filling and the top side over the puff pastry itself. Close also the edges of puff pastry by tucking it inside or under the dough.
  • Place the Apple Strudel on the baking sheet and repeat the process with the second (remaining) puff pastry and apple filling. Once you are done, place the the second apple strudel on the same baking sheet.

Bake

  • Brush both apple strudels with egg wash and bake on 375  F / 177 C for 40 minutes or until  nice golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool in sheet pan. T
  • To garnish, sprinkle apple strudel with confectioner’s sugar. Slice and serve as is or with ice cream.