The Apple Strudel Recipe comes from Austria. Actually, it’s a Viennese recipe, that became Austria’s national dish.
Strudels are very popular among all countries that once belonged to the Austrian-Hungarian empire. The first strudel recipe dates back to 1696. This handwritten recipe can be found in the Viennese City Library.
The original strudel pastry is unleavened. I prefer to do it with the frozen puff pastry because I find it lighter and because it is way easier and faster to make. It will take you about 30 minutes to prepare, the amount of time you need to thaw the frozen pastry. It’s that simple!
As an added bonus, serve this apple strudel recipe with ice cream, whipped cream or custard!
- 3 cups Granny Smith apples thin slices (peeled and cored), or any other tart apple
- 1 sheet frozen Puff Pastry (1/2 a package)
- ¼ cup seedless raisins (soak them overnight in rum or water)
- 1 Tbsp all purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 Tbsp water
- Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature for 30 minutes;
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees;
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add the apple slices and the drained raisins and toss to coat well. Set aside;
- On a lightly floured surface, unfold the the pastry sheet, and roll it into a 16x12 inch rectangle;
- Place the pastry so that the short end (the 12 inch end) is closest to you. Then spoon the coated apples and raisin mixture on the bottom half (the one closest to you) of the pastry, leaving one inch from the pastry border;
- Now starting with this edge close to you, begin to roll the pastry like a jelly roll;
- Place strudel, with the seam side down, on a baking sheet. Gently tuck the ends under the strudel to seal;
- Mix the lightly beaten egg with the tablespoon of water and brush this mixture over the strudel;
- Cut a few 2 inch long slits on top of the strudel for decoration and to let some of the steam out while baking;
- Bake until golden (about 35 minutes). Sprinkle confectioner's sugar before serving.
- If you like walnuts, you made add about 1/2 cup chopped nut to the filling on step 3, when you add the apples and raisins.