Easy Apple Strudel

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Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0209I first made an Apple Strudel from scratch in July 2013. You see, I don’t have a fancy mixer with a large nice dough hook, so I had to do all the mixing by hand. It took me about 15 minutes of kneading, but I didn’t mind at all because I sort of loved the stretching of my otherwise idle arm muscles. By the time I was done with the kneading, the dough was nice and elastic. I let it rest for one hour and then rolled it. It’s really amazing how the kneading and resting results in extremely elastic dough that can stretch paper thin, without breaking. (is paper the thinnest?). I really enjoyed the whole process.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0205_2The making of dough from scratch is fun but it takes a lot of time and sometimes you just want a quick and easy dessert in minutes. In this case, you just need to buy ready-rolled puff pastry and only make the filling. I found this extra easy, and it tastes different too. If you ever want to eat some apple strudel in a jiffy, then this is the way to go. You can’t go wrong whatsoever. The ready rolled pastry is packaged in twos. It was a bit too much for us but we gobbled it up within two days, for dinner and the next day, at lunchtime. I wish you a lovely weekend. Please click on for the recipe…

  • Ingredients
  • 4 green cooking apples
  • 20g (1 tablespoon) butter
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 60g (¼ cup) sugar
  • 100g (½ cup) mixed dried fruit (sultanas (golden raisins), currants and raisins)
  • 2 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • For Cinnamon Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (you can reduce amount if you wish)

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0156Please always remember to assemble all ingredients before you start. Preheat oven to 430° (220°C) 15 minutes before baking. Line one large baking sheet with parchment (greaseproof paper). Peel, core and thinly slice apples.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0157Heat butter in a large heavy based skillet (pan). Add apples and cook 2 minutes until lightly golden.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0160Add orange juice, honey, sugar and mixed fruit. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and apples are just tender. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, completely. Drain and save liquid from the apples.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0166Place one sheet of pastry on a flat work surface. Fold in half; make small cuts in the folded edge of the pastry at 2 cm intervals.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0178Open out the pastry and sprinkle with half the ground almonds. .

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0168Place half the apples in the centre of the pastry. Brush edges with egg

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0171and fold one side together

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0173then fold the other together, pressing firmly.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0175Place strudel on prepared tray seam side down. Repeat the process with the second sheet of pastry

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0185Brush top with egg. Mix brown sugar with cinnamon. Sprinkle the top with half of the cinnamon sugar.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_0187Repeat process with the remaining pastry.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_1319

Bake 20-25 minutes or until pastry is golden and crisp.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_1327Warm the saved liquid and drizzle over strudel just before serving.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_1336Serve strudel with whipped cream or ice cream.

Easy Apple Strudel myfavouritepastime.com_1337This was far much easier to make and tasty too!

Easy Apple Strudel

Preparation time: 20 minutes; Baking time: 20-25 minutes Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 green cooking apples
  • 20g (1 tablespoon) butter
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 60g (1/4 cup) sugar
  • 100g (½ cup) mixed dried fruit (sultanas (golden raisins), currants and raisins)
  • 2 sheets ready-rolled puff pastry
  • ¼ cup ground almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

For Cinnamon Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (you can reduce amount if you wish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 430° (220°C) 15 minutes before baking. Line one large baking sheet with parchment (greaseproof paper). Peel, core and thinly slice apples. Combine brown sugar with cinnamon and set aside.
  2. Heat butter in a large heavy based skillet (pan). Add apples and cook 2 minutes until lightly golden. Add orange juice, honey, sugar and mixed fruit. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and apples are just tender. Remove from heat and set aside to cool, completely. Drain and save liquid from the apples.
  3. Place one sheet of pastry on a flat work surface. Fold in half; make small cuts in the folded edge of the pastry at 2 cm intervals. Open out the pastry and sprinkle with half the ground almonds. Place half the apples in the centre of the pastry. Brush edges with egg and fold together, pressing firmly.
  4. Place strudel on prepared tray seam side down. Brush top with egg. Mix the brown sugar with cinnamon. Sprinkle the top  with half of the cinnamon sugar. Repeat process with the remaining pastry sheet and filling.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until pastry is golden and crisp. Warm saved liquid and drizzle over strudel just before serving. Serve strudel with whipped cream or ice cream.

Point to note:

  1. Please note that oven temperatures are given as a guideline only. You may need to add or reduce the suggested temperatures depending on your oven. I baked at 430°F (220°C) for 25 minutes.

Last updated: 10 March 2015

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Author: Liz

I love everything food: eating, cooking, baking and travelling. I also love photography and nature.

37 thoughts

  1. Lovely pictures – I use ready-made yufka or filo pastry for my cheated version of the apple strudel as it loosely resembles the original thin dough. The puff pastry version looks delicious too!

  2. There have been some amazing-looking foods on your blog, Liz, but this one takes the cake……I mean, the Strudel!

    1. Thank you so much. My husband also loves the apple strudel. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I wish you a wonderful weekend!
      Liz

  3. Apple strudel!!!! Yum!!! This is the best part of the process: “Warm the saved liquid and drizzle over strudel just before serving”. Thanks for sharing the recipe! We’re craving for apple strudel now.

    1. Hi Ralph,
      What’s cooking for main course? and dessert? some human beings are more equal than others (LOL). I eat dessert only once a week!
      Liz

    1. That’s the way to go girl. Even Gordon Ramsay uses ready rolled.pastry. He calls it “cheating”. I loved the strudel. It tasted different from the original scratch one! A good weekend to you!
      Liz

  4. Cruel and unusual punishment to make me look (and drool all over) this delicious delight before I have had my morning frutengruel! ;-> (That’s Judie’s German for cooked five-grain cereal with yogurt, orange juice, nuts, seeds, and lots of fruit on top.)

    Virtual hugs,

    Judie

    1. Hi there Judie,
      Ha ha Sprechen sie Deutsche?
      How was your frutengruel? at least it’s healthy and not full of butter like my strudel. Wow I love what you eat for breakfast. Have a lovely weekend!
      Liz

      1. No, I don’t speak any German! I just make these things up as I go along! That’s our breakfast everyday, except for the special treat brunch on Sundays.

        1. I think I am going to follow suit and start making a healthy breakfast. I am totally ashamed of all this weight I’ve added around my middles since I started blogging. It looks awful…I can’t stop eating because I’m always cooking. I love the way you eat. Okay, Bis morgen!
          Liz

        2. You have my best encouragement. A good breakfast is a wonderful way to get your body functioning properly. Give it what it needs to do its job, and it won’t scream at you to give it treats all the time.

          Buy food that will spoil, and then eat it before it does.

        3. Thanks so much for your encouragement, judie. I totally agree with you. Eating certain foods, drains one’s energy and reduces work performance by 50%. I shall really try my best to turn over a new slate…I need one right now! Have a good evening!
          Liz

        4. If you have lots of fresh produce right now, stuff as much of that down your gullet as you can. Dress with a bit of butter and lemon juice, and forget about rich sauces. You will be surprised how much volume you can eat for not very many calories. You will feel full, and not want to continually dip into the cookie jar!

        5. Thanks so much Judie. I shall definitely be buying more fresh produce as suggested and will certainly give you a feedback. Have a wonderful weekend. Best wishes!
          Liz

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