Melania's Easy Apple Strudel

➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson

Apple Strudel ... easy? This one is! Check it out.

Easy apple Strudel? Really? YES! Here's an easy recipe that really, really is easy. Slightly cake-like, its flavor really shines through. It's a make-your-hubby-happy kind of cake.

This recipe was given to me (and made for me) by my dear friend, Melania Orasch. It is Austrian in origin, and is slightly different the 'flaky-type' strudels, but is so wonderfully yummy!

Melania says she fills hers with apples, cheese, walnuts, or dried fruits, (the regular strudel fillings). The recipe below is the apple one. THIS IS WUNDERBAR!


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  • Strudel, similar to baklava, came to Austria through Turkish and Hungarian influences
  • The German word, "Strudel"  means "whirlpool" or "eddy" and describes the flaky layers of pastry surrounding the filling
  • The traditional strudel dough is rolled and pulled until it is so thin that a newspaper can be read through it
  • The most popular type is the apple strudel, but there are many other fillings, including sweet and savory ones. Spinach, sauerkraut, and cabbage strudels are common as are meat ones

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This apple strudel is served elegantly alongside a nice hot cup of tea. Such a wonderfully delicious combo!

Above, Melania served her easy apple strudel when I went to visit last time. We enjoyed sitting in the living room with the orchids and her newly chalk-painted table.

So many Strudels ...

Melania's strudel is different. The texture is more cake-like, but the method of rolling out thinly, covering with the filling, and rolling it up (think whirlpool) is very similar.

Apple Strudel ... easy? This one is! Check it out.

Popular strudels in Germany include the apple strudel (of course), a Topfenstrudel filled with sweet quark cheese, sour cherry, sweet cherry, nut, apricot, poppy seed, and raisin strudels. 

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Another easy Strudel ...

"Strudel" is an old German word that means "whirlpool" and that is pictured in the rolled up structure of the cake. Usually a 'strudel' dough is made that is very elastic and can be stretched extremely thinly. Or a puff pastry or phyllo is used. 

Use frozen Phyllo dough and make this easy apple strudel

Looking for the 'flaky pastry type' strudel? Here's my recipe using either  frozen phyllo  or butter puff pastry. SO EASY!


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Melania's Easy Apple Strudel Recipe

Easy apple Strudel? Really? YES! Here's an easy recipe for an Austrian version that's slightly cake-like and different than the 'flaky-type' strudels, but is so wonderfully yummy! Make enough dough for three strudels, then make one apple strudel right away and save the rest of the dough for another time.

Prep Time

20 minutes

Bake Time

30 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes

Servings:

Makes 1 strudel + 2 extra dough

Ingredients:

Dough for 3 strudels:

  • ½ lb lard
  • 3 cups flour, all-purpose
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • ¾ cup ginger ale

Filling for one strudel:

  • 3 apples, peeled and diced
  • small handful of raisins
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut the lard into the flour to which the salt has been added. 
  3. Add beaten eggs and ginger ale.
  4. Gather together and knead slightly.
  5. Make into a ball. Divide into three portions. Wrap two portions and refrigerate.
  6. Roll out one portion as thinly as possible.
  7. Spread the apples in a row lengthwise on the dough, keeping about 2 inches from the long edge and 1 inch from the ends. Sprinkle  the raisins and sugar over the apples and dust with cinnamon. Fold over the 1-inch edges and then the 2-inch edge and roll as for a strudel. 
  8. Place, seam side down on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 350° F for approximately 30 minutes.
  10. Let cool before sprinkling with powdered sugar and serving.

Notes/Hints:

  • Wrap the refrigerated dough securely and keep refrigerated for a day or two. Or, freeze for longer term storage.
  • Or give this puff pastry apple strudel a try as well and see which is your favorite.

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Apple Strudel has never been easier. Such a delicious treat to be served with afternoon tea or coffee.

Melania's Easy Apple Strudel Recipe

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Melania's Easy Apple Strudel Recipe
Easy apple Strudel? Really? YES! Here's an easy recipe that really, really is easy. Slightly cake-like, its flavor really shines through. It's a make-your-hubby-happy kind of cake.

Yield: 2 strudels
Ingredients: lard, all-purpose flour, eggs, ginger ale, apples, raisins, sugar, spices,

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