Strudel may sound complicated to those people who haven’t tried making it yet or at least have a bite of the dish. But this recipe will prove to you that this delicious dessert is actually very simple to pull together.
But first, what is strudel? Put simply, it is a type of layered pastry with a sweet filling, which is usually a fruit. This treat is part of Austrian cuisine and also that of Central Europe.
The most popular type is the Apple Strudel, which at times comes with raisins. You can also make this dessert using sour or sweet cherries, nuts, apricots, plums, and poppy seeds. In fact, vegetables like cabbage, pumpkin, potato, and spinach can be incorporated into the recipe, too. For today, though, we are going to focus on Apple Strudel with raisins. And rest assured that this would be the BEST-EVER apple strudel that you can ever have in your lifetime!
Imagine those cinnamon-scented apples made sweeter by the raisins. Oh, the aroma would make you want to eat it like right now! It would be an excellent dessert. You are also free to eat a piece at any time of the day, paired with a cup of coffee or hot tea.
With ready-made phyllo pastry and homemade apple filling with raisins, currants, and cinnamon, you can whip up the Best-Ever Apple Strudel. Simple yet absolutely delicious!
1 lb. sweet apples (peeled, cored, and thinly sliced)
1/4 c. dried currants
1/4 c. golden raisins
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 slices of brown bread (crumbled)
2 tbsps. brown sugar
1/4 c. butter (melted)
1/2 package phyllo dough (about 16 ounces)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine apples, currants, raisins, cinnamon, bread crumbs, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Generously spread melted butter on several sheets of pastry and arrange on top of each other on a baking sheet. Spread the fruits mixture on the top sheet and roll the sheets up, forming a log shape. Brush with the melted butter.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until pastry is golden brown and the fruit filling is tender.
For the apples, you can use baking apples like Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, or Honey Crisp. You are free to utilize mixed varieties as well.
Phyllo pastry is a little sensitive. The sheets can easily tear apart. But the good news is that you can easily patch it back together with just your fingers.
Can you make Apple Strudel ahead of time? Of course, you can! Just prepare the rolls and put them in the fridge for about 2 hours before you bake them. But if you want them to be good for a longer period of time, wrap each roll in aluminum foil and store in the freezer. They should be good for a few months. The only downside to this is it would take longer to cook them later on. But no worries, they will still be delicious!
As for leftovers, simply reheat them in a toaster or oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit.