Apple Strudel (Delicious Apple desert made with Puff Pastry sheets)


In the quest to conquer the abundance of apples in our house, this is yet another recipe that I turned towards. I made this recipe taking the inspiration from this website which was slightly different from many other recipes that I saw online. The chef here used peaches and I used apples instead. The recipe I found here is a German method of making the Apple strudels. Adding the walnuts to the strudel gave the recipe a very nice layer of flavor. The procedure is very simple since we are using the store bought puff pastry sheet. Give it a try and let me know how it worked for you.

Preparation time – 15 mins
Cooking time – 45 mins
Difficulty level – medium

Ingredients – (serves -6)

  • Apples (peeled and chopped) – about 1 ½ cups (2 apples)
  • Puff pastry sheet – 1 sheet (thawed to room temperature)
  • Cinnamon – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – 2 tbsp
  • All purpose flour – 1 tbsp
  • Egg – 1
For the nut layer
  • Walnuts – 1/4th cup (chopped finely)
  • Brown sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Bread crumb – 1 tbsp
  • White sugar – 1 tbsp
Procedure
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Peel, core and chop the apples to about ½ inch cubes. Place them in a bowl and add the cinnamon, sugar, and flour. Give it a good mix and keep it aside for about 30 mins so that all the flavors can come together.
  • In another bowl combine all the ingredients for the nut layer and keep aside. I instead of chopping the nuts gave it a pulse in the mixer.
  • Thaw the pastry sheet to room temperature and roll it out on a well floured surface to about 12 x 14 inches.
  • Sprinkle the nut layer on the sheet covering one half of the sheet vertically. Be sure to leave about an inch on the sides.
  • Then layer it with the prepared apple mixture.
  • Life up one side of the pastry sheet and start rolling it into a log. Lay it on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper seam side down. Make sure to pinch the ends and tuck them under the log.
  • Brush the top with egg wash. (Break open one egg and add about a tsp of water. Mix well and the egg wash is ready). Look below for substitutions instead of egg wash.
  • Make several slices on top with a sharp knife for all the steam to escape. (This is very important if you do not want an explosion inside your oven).
  • Put it in the oven and let it bake for about 40 to 45 mins or until golden brown.
  • Cool it slightly on a wire rack.
  • Serve it warm with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or with whipped cream.

 

 

Notes and Variations – 
  • This could be made with any fruits like peaches, mixed berries and so on. So whatever is in season use it.
  • This could be made egg less by using milk or melted butter as a glaze.

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