Thursday, July 24, 2008

Apple Strudel

I had some phyllo sheets hanging out in our refrigerator after making Spanakopita and was craving some dessert one fine evening. So I decided to make an apple strudel with it and was rather happy when it turned out pretty good with very little effort. The tip when working with phyllo sheets is to make sure that they are covered with a damp washcloth so they don't dry out. These sheets are particularly thin and easily prone to tearing.. particularly when brittle.

These apple strudels had a nice flaky crust and a warm, gooey, sweet filling and were absolutely delicious when paired with some cool ice cream.

APPLE STRUDEL


Ingredients:
Phyllo / Fillo sheets - 10, thawed
Apples - 2 medium, peeled, cored and chopped into small cubes
Raisins - 2 to 3 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 2 tbsp
Butter - 4 tbsp, softened
Whole wheat bread - 1 slice, powdered in a mixie to fine crumbs
Walnuts - 2 tbsp, chopped (optional)
Cinnamon powder - 1/4 tsp

Method:
1) In a bowl toss the chopped apples, brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, one tbsp butter, cinnamon & bread crumbs together.

2) Melt the remaining 3 tbsp of butter and keep aside.

3) Take one sheet of phyllo, brush some melted butter on it slightly and cover with another sheet, brush butter again and repeat until you have 5 sheets of phyllo.

4) Place half of the apple filling along the narrow edge of the top phyllo sheet and roll the whole thing up slowly, making sure to tuck/fold the sides as you go along.

5) Repeat the above step for the remaining 5 sheets of phyllo. We now have 2 rolls of apple strudel. Brush the tops with remaining butter.

6) Score the top of strudel roll 2 inches apart about half inch deep (so it's easier to cut when cooked).

7) Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for about 35 to 40 minutes, till golden.


8) Serve warm with a scoop (or two) of ice cream and Indulge!

37 comments:

  1. that looks yummy lavanya. i love apple desserts.

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  2. Apple dessert looks superb and yummy......

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  3. Puff pastry, filo sheets... I wonder if we'll ever get these in India :-)

    this looks delish :-)

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  4. Wow!
    Apple has been one of my all time favorite fruit & to have a recipe made out of it is really yummy ;-)
    Apple strudel is really good more than the custard , milk shake i only know that can be made from apple :-|
    Good post!!!

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  5. i agree with raaga - wish we got puff pastry here - i'm tired just thinking of making it from scratch... the strudel looks great.

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  6. I'd be content with just the filling, too!
    Echo Raaga's sentiments!

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  7. delicious apple streudel laavanya..:D.i have never used phyllo sheets till now..want to try out stuffs from it...

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  8. That looks delicious and yummy Lavanya...Didnt try with apple..Let me try next time

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  9. phyllo sheets for strudel..great idea!
    Apple desserts and ice-cream are a match made in heaven and yours looks lovely!

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  10. Looks so yummy with ice cream...is the one in pic for me?

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  11. were u editing? i just lost the lengthy comment! :-(

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  12. I'll just call u and tell u... off to work now..:D

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  13. OMG..you are SOO BAD!!..that looks awesome...and what!! just one scoop...girl!! don't you need more calcium..put on a few more :D

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  14. using phyllo instead of puff pastry is such a neat idea for this.

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  15. Delicious strudel, great dessert!

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  16. that is one mouth watering concoction, Laav :) and u no what, u can even try it with elaichi, tastes great, if u like elaichi, that is ;)

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  17. mmm. delicious strudel. I have eaten before but never tried at home.

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  18. Love this apple strudel, look delicious!!!!

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  19. Laavanya-

    apple strudel looks smashing...

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  20. Looks lovely and yummy Lavs... I love desserts, never tried my hands on phyllo dough though! Now you are inspiring me~

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  21. never had a strudel before......will sure have to try after seeing yours

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  22. looks delicoius with ice cream..yumyum

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  23. APPLE STRUDEL looks awesome dear..never heard of this ....its tempting...hpe u had a nice time with this dessert...delicious..

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  24. Laav - I am flying to your place right away!! I get to complain to A that this dessert was not made when i was visiting.. Too bad :-(
    Looks yum yum!! But i need more than a scope of icecream dear :-)

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  25. Thank you all for stopping by with your comments.

    Raaga, Arundathi & Sra - I hope they sell it there soon so you girls can come up with more delicious recipes which are easy too... :)

    Ramya, sure... that's all yours.

    TBC, oh I'm so sorry to hear that.. I was trying to make a few layout changes in my other blog not this one so not sure what happened with your comment.. but blogger was pretty weird because my changes didn't reflect either, inspite of me saving over and over.
    Talk to ya soon.

    Rajitha, yeah definitely - next time more calcium! :D

    Richa, I was considering elaichi but I have a LOT of powdered cinnamon at home since a very long time so wanted to use that.

    Seema, no problem.. you can have this the next time you visit or maybe we should all go to Vienna and have the real deal :)

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  26. hmmm, yummy! the melting icecream makes it look all the more irresistible ;-)

    abt the bread crunbs - if i am not mistaken, they would be soft crumbs right??

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  27. yumm...feel like having it rightaway

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  28. JZ, yes.. I just powdered one slice of bread (fresh) in the mixie for the breadcrumbs & added.

    EC - Thank you!

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  29. great dessert, Laavanya! yummy.. and that too with ice cream!

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  30. hi lavanya wow your blog is simpley supperb I have to learn lot of dishes from your blog and that apple strudel is what to say I just love it and thank you so much for vositing my blog

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  31. i have passed on the magic lamp to u..chk my blog :)

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  32. Oh wow, this looks excellent! That's a great way to use up the phyllo sheets for sure!

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  33. I first discovered this in the song in "Sound of Music". And the first time I ate strudel was a true discovery, really liked it.
    But no readymade phyllo pastry here so..........:(

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  34. Looks very yummy! I love apple fillings but no one else does:( We don't get phyllo sheets in Thane, but recently I bought some frozen spring roll sheets which may work for this! Will try and let you know:)

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