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

35 minutes

Total Time

50 minutes


Makes about 8 servings


  • 1 pound (454 grams) apples (or pears), peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (26 grams) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (8 grams) flour
  • ¼ cup (25 grams) sliced almonds (optional)
  • ¼ cup (38 grams) raisins (optional)
  • ½ pound (227 grams) package of frozen butter puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoons (15 milliliter) water


  • Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). 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 12x16 inches.
  • 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 to 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
  • If you have extra apples, try my Versunkener Apfelkuchen, a traditional and really quick German apple cake.

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03.31.2021 revision update