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Apple Strudel

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Apple Strudel

This is a never-fail favorite among young and old alike It may seam complicated but after you've done a few, you can do them in your sleep.
Difficulty: Medium
Cuisine American
Keyword desserts, Favorite
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS 

  • ½ cup Golden Raisins
  • 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider (or Juice) - Water may be substituted
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter - 3/4 stick
  • ¼ cup Bread Crumbs - plain
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples - 2 small, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 2 McIntosh apples - 2 small, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar - plus 2 tablespoons
  • cup Finely Chopped Walnuts - toasted (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 5 sheets Phyllo Dough - defrosted
  • 1 ½ tsp. powdered Sugar - For final dusting

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; heat oven to 475 degrees.

Filling Preparations

  • Combine Raisins and Apple Juice in a small microwave-safe bowl; cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high until simmering, about 1 minute. Let stand, covered, until needed.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add Bread Crumbs and cook, stirring constantly until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer bread crumbs to a large bowl.
  • Drain off and discard any remaining liquid from Raisins. Then toss Apples, Raisins, 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar, Walnuts, Cinnamon, Salt, and Lemon Juice in with the Brad Crumbs to combine. Mix well with a heavy spoon.

Assembly Instructions

  • Melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of Butter in a small bowl. Be ready with a soft-bristled Pastry Brush to apply Butter to each Phyllo sheet. (Extra Butter may be needed.)
  • Be very gentle when handling Phyllo sheets. They are very fragile and tear very easily. Each tear may become a crack in the finished Strudel.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper larger than the Phyllo sheets on your work surface with the long edge toward you. Lightly sprinkle Sugar on Parchment. Place a single Phyllo sheet on parchment and brush lightly with melted Butter.
  • Sprinkle with Sugar and add another sheet of Phyllo. Butter as before.
  • Repeat until you have buttered the last of five or six sheets.
  • Place filling in a 3" wide strip about 2 1/2" from the near edge and 2" from each side of the top Phyllo sheet.
  • Fold short ends of Phyllo over filling. Fold end closest to you over filling.
  • Roll loosely, using the parchment to assist in rolling. Leave roll on the paper, seam side down and transfer (paper and all) to a baking sheet.
  • Brush with Butter and sprinkle the top of the roll with Sugar.
  • Cut four 1-inch vents into the top of Strudel for steam to escape.
  • Bake until golden brown, 10 – 12 minutes. Watch carefully. The roll will brown quickly. Cool in the baking sheet on a wire rack until warm, about 40 minutes.
  • Place Powdered Sugar in a fine-mesh strainer and dust Strudel. Using 2 large spatulas, transfer the Strudel to a platter or cutting board; cut into slices with a serrated knife; and serve.
  • Optionally, top with Whipped Cream or serve beside a scoop of Ice Cream.

Notes

This recipe will make TWO 9″ Strudel Rolls using only half of a box of Phyllo Dough Sheets.

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