Thin layers of flaky crust…Lots of juicy apples…Delicious flavors of raisins, cinnamon, and brown sugar…These are just some of what makes an excellent apple strudel. And guess what, this treat is much easier to make from scratch than you think. It is a show-stopper and it will definitely wow your guests.
So if you are hosting a celebration or even a simple weekend gathering soon, you can make an apple strudel, following this easy recipe. This is an all-year-round dessert! Be it summer, spring, fall, or winter, an apple strudel is one of the most delightful treats you can ever have.
Apple strudel is a traditional dessert. It starts with a simple dough that bakes up into a flaky, buttery crust. It is then filled with spiced apple slices, studded with rum-soaked raisins, plus finely chopped almonds. It sure is an impressive dessert that you can serve whatever the celebration is.
When serving your apple strudel, you can top it with vanilla ice cream. A homemade vanilla sauce would be perfect as well.
This apple strudel is made from scratch. It may seem intimidating, but there is really nothing to be hesitant about because it is not that difficult to make. With its flaky, buttery crust to its delicious filling, not to mention the powdered sugar dusting, everything is just so amazing!
1/4 c. unsalted butter (melted)
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. water (lukewarm)
Pinch of salt
1/3 c. golden raisins
2 tablespoons rum
4 medium apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. almonds (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
1/4 c. breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine melted butter, salt, flour, and lukewarm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix at medium speed for about a minute or until a smooth and elastic dough forms.
- Using a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Remove from heat, empty the pot, and dry it using a dishtowel. Line it with parchment paper, put the dough in it, cover it, and then let the dough sit in it for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
- Combine raisins and rum in a small bowl. Let them sit for about 30 minutes and then discard the rum.
- Peel and core the apples and then cut them into small stripes.
- Combine the apple slices with lemon juice.
- Add cinnamon, sugar, almonds, raisins, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- Lay a thin towel on your kitchen counter and sprinkle with flour. Roll the dough out on it as thin as possible. Brush it with a little bit of melted butter.
- Using your hands, stretch it until it is about 18X12 inches big. Let the long side face you. Leave a few inches space on the right side of the rectangle. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs top to bottom over the dough in a 6-inch thick line. Leave a 2-inch margin at the top and bottom of the strip.
- Using a slotted spoon, pile the apple filling on top of the breadcrumbs.
- Fold the 2-inch margin at the top and bottom of the dough over onto the filling. Roll the strudel up from the short side with the help of the towel. Tuck the ends.
- Put the strudel to the prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Brush with the melted butter and bake for about 50 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.
- When stretching the dough, you should see the pattern of the dishtowel through the dough.
- Brush strudel with remaining melted butter every 20 minutes while in the oven.
Yes, apple strudel is best served warm. You can also top it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy! 🙂