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Mini Apple Strudels

Mini Apple Strudels

Mini Apple Strudels

This is a simple recipe for apple strudel or ‘apfelstrudel’ as it is known in German. This apple strudel recipe uses filo (or phyllo) pastry to create crisp apple strudels that are just so delicious.

 

traditional apple strudel recipe

Apple strudel with whipped cream

Turn your apple strudel into mini apple strudels with a simple transverse cut with a sharp knife. 

Apfelstrudel

Apple strudel is a dish that originated in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is considered one of the national dishes of Austria. In fact, if you visit Vienna, which we did recently, you will find it is available in pretty much all of the cafes in the city, which Vienna is famous for.

I also have great memories of eating apple strudel as a kid when skiing in Lichtenstein, Austria and also on day trips to Germany when I lived in the Netherlands.

austrian apple strudel

Mini Apple Strudel with cream

 

Recipes for apple strudel vary, with some using raisins and nuts and other interesting ingredients in the apple filling. I use sultanas and walnuts in this recipe.

Some people use puff pastry for their strudel, but I find this is not like a traditional strudel as is made in Germany or Austria. There they use a very thin dough which is more like a filo dough, which is layered and gives a crisp outside.

So I used filo pastry in this recipe to get as close as possible to what I have eaten in those countries.

Using the phyllo dough

The pastry dough I used came with seven sheets of very thin filo pastry. It was extremely fragile and was difficult to handle, very unlike puff pastry dough.

The original strudel dough is normally repeatedly rolled out as butter is basted to the sheets to give a super layered effect.

apple strudel filo

Strudel before rolling

 

I did butter the sheets here with melted butter but did not roll it out any further because the filo was so delicate, and I did not think it needed to be further layered. I was right.

 

strudel filo pastry

 

Instead, I basted the sheets with melted butter on a dishtowel before adding the filling and then used the dishtowel to roll the strudel as tightly as possible. The result was a satisfyingly tightly packed strudel, of which I was quite proud.

hot apple strudel

Strudel after baking in the oven

 

When cutting the strudel to produce the mini apple strudels, the filo pastry was quite brittle and had the tendency to break. But this is how it is meant to be. Make sure you use a sharp knife to make the cut. I actually used a serrated bread knife which cut through quite effectively.

A tip from one of my readers was to lightly score the strudel pastry where you are going to cut it before putting it into the oven, which will prevent it from crumbling when it is out of the oven. Probably worth giving this a try.

bavarian apple strudel

Sliced strudel

 

Which apples to use for your strudel?

Many recipes ask for a tart apple, like a cooking apple or Bramley apple to make a strudel, which they then sweeten using copious amounts of sugar. I am not convinced this is the best way.

Why not use the natural sugars from a sweet apple to create sweetness? Strudels are normally powdered with some icing sugar anyway.

mini apple strudel

Apple Strudel Slice with cream

 

So I used some French-origin Gala apples in this recipe, which are sweet eating apples and it worked out fine and meant I could limit the amount of sugar that I added to the filling.

This recipe gave an apple strudel that was big enough to produce about 9-10 mini apple strudels.

 

apple strudel germany

 

How to eat apple strudel

Apple strudel is a pastry that is eaten a little bit as cake would be. So it would certainly be at home served up for afternoon tea. I think it is better eaten warm, but you can eat it cold if you want.

Strudel is delicious when eaten with whipped cream, ice cream, clotted cream or custard, whichever you can get your hands on.

As mentioned, the filo pastry is quite brittle, so to cut through it you will need a sharp edge like a knife or the side of a fork, which is what I used.

mini strudels

 

I kept some of this apple strudel overnight in a sealed container in the fridge and reheated in the microwave, but this did make the pastry a bit soggy.

So I found that it is better to reheat strudel in the oven as that keeps the filo nice and crispy.

Apple strudels are great to eat for breakfast – why not make one for your Christmas celebration? A nice alternative sweet treat for the family. 

I hope yours turn out as good as mine did!

Good luck trying this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below!

How to make mini apple strudels

apple strudel

Mini Apple Strudels

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Mini apple strudels are delicious as a snack or dessert at any time of the day. Wonderful with some whipped cream or custard.

Ingredients

  • 1 pack of filo pastry (mine had 7 sheets)
  • 560g apples, peeled, de-cored and sliced (I used a sweet Gala eating type apple)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 80g Sultanas
  • 35g Walnuts, crushed
  • 20g Panko breadcrumbs
  • 70g melted unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 50g Light brown sugar
  • 15g sliced almonds

Optional

  • Icing sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Separate the filo pastry sheets. Then lay the first one on a dishcloth (see pictures). Brush with melted butter and add the second sheet. Do this with all the filo pastry, one by one.
  3. Then prepare the filling. Peel, de-core and slice the apples and then mix them in a bowl with the cinnamon, sultanas, walnuts, lemon juice and light brown sugar.
  4. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on the top of the filo pastry and then add the apple filling in the middle, leaving space on the outside to roll the pastry. Then fold over the ends of the strudel and roll into a long sausage-shaped form with the dishcloth.
  5. Place the strudel on a baking tray covered in baking parchment, with the seam side down. Score the pastry lightly where you intend to cut it into slices after baking. Then brush with the remaining melted butter and cover with the sliced almonds.
  6. Place in the pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Slice into 40-50mm thick slices to serve. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.

Notes

Can be served warm or cold.

Delicious served with ice cream, whipped cream, cream or custard.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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Julia

Wednesday 16th of March 2022

To avoid the crumbling of the brittle pastry sheets when cutting, lightly score the pastry sheets with a sharp knife along desired sizes before going into the oven. Finish the cut along the same lines after baking. Cheers!

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