➤ by Oma Gerhild Fulson
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.
Just try this German apple strudel recipe and you'll be convinced. This really is the easiest way to make an absolutely wonderful traditional German dessert.
Serve with a fresh cup of coffee and lots of whipped cream. Or, serve it southern German style with a warm vanilla sauce.
Yes, a quick and very easy German food recipe you will enjoy!
Frozen puff pastry makes a great alternative to making strudel dough from scratch - a long and somewhat difficult process of stretching dough thin enough to read through and big enough to cover a table. Do read what Oma Says below!
Just as with other recipes with
apples, the type of apple to use depends on what you like. I like using a
Great ones to use are Boskoop, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. The raisins are optional.
I don't recall Mutti ever making a traditional German apple strudel recipe. It wasn't part of her upbringing.
Since then though, I've found out it seems to be something that is handed down from generation to generation.
Years ago, I met a really nice elderly German lady at church who took pity on me when she realized that I didn't know how to make strudel recipes.
Her feeling was that every German girl needed to learn this skill. She came over to teach me. I was surprised when she asked for a large table and tablecloth. Then I realized what was involved.
The dough was stretched over my big dining room table. We cut apples over it all. Rolled it. Baked it. Devoured it. Oh, it was so good.
But, I never made it myself. I appreciate all the hard work that goes in to making an original strudel recipes. But, you see, I discovered one can use frozen puff pastry or frozen phyllo dough. So much easier.
I mentioned this strudel on my Facebook page and was so thrilled at Dorie Bochantin-Neuhaus's comment. I asked her permission to copy it here ... I think you'll like this:
"I learned to make it the old way - with the big table and tablecloth, pulling all the dough. My father-in-law, a master baker from Germany, came for Christmas one time years ago, and caught me doing the old way. He said I was nuts and that current bakers use the phyllo dough. He showed me how and I've never made it the old way again.
I don't make the phyllo dough. I buy it in the freezer case at the store and work quickly.The store bought stuff can dry out quickly so you have to keep it moist and work quickly. I have all of my filling stuff ready to go and the butter melted before I even open up the dough."
Who would have guessed that some (or many or all?) the bakeries are using the phyllo dough! So, the apple strudel above, is more actually really similar to the bakery apple strudels you can buy in Germany!
Not one to give up trying to come up with easy, I started using purchased frozen butter puff pastry. Even easier than phyllo!
What's so great is that one can even buy a vegan puff pastry dough. Here I'm making a strudel with an apple and a pear and using thawed puff pastry. I'm trying out a silicon baking sheet liner for this. It worked great. No sticking at all.
I also discovered that many brands of puff pastry dough are vegan. So, that works well if vegan is necessary.
Similar to Italian gnocchi potato dumplings, these German potato noodles, Schupfnudeln, are a traditional side or main dish in southern Germany. So easy to make! Really!
Oma's German cucumber salad is so delightfully refreshing, especially in the summer. Since it's from the south, there's no cream in it which makes it a perfect picnic side!
Oma's best German potato salad recipe is traditional in northern Germany. Yes, it's made with mayonnaise. In the South, it's without mayo. Both authentic and wunderbar!
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