German Apple Strudel Recipe

This German Apple Strudel recipe, aka Apfelstrudel, is one of those quick easy dessert recipes that I really love. It brings the traditional strudel taste to my table without all the work.

The secret to quick and easy?  Frozen puff pastry.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Bake Time

40 minutes

Total Time

55 minutes


Makes about 6 servings


  • 2 - 3 apples (or pears), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds (optional)
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
  • ½ lb package of frozen butter puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp water


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and grease and flour. 
  • Mix together apple slices, sugar, flour, almonds (if using) and raisins (if using) in a bowl.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface until about 12" x 16".
  • Put the apple mixture down the bottom half of the long side of the pastry, leaving a 1-inch border around the outside.
  • Fold in the short sides and then roll up like a jelly roll.
  • Put strudel on baking sheet with the seam side down. 
  • Mix egg and water. Brush on strudel. Cut ¼-inch deep slashes across diagonally across top.
  • Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let cool before sprinkling with powdered sugar and serving.


  • I like using a tart apples, but other great ones to use are Boskoop, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith

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