A little piece of Austrian heaven: make your own Apfelstrudel!
It is November. Shop windows are getting filled with Christmas decorations and winter accessories, which is why it is starting to itch to leave on a winter holiday! When you think about ski holidays, you think about delicious food - in a cosy mountain restaurant with an amazing view on the snow-covered mountains. To bring that nice holiday atmosphere to your dining room, we want to pass on this delicious recipe for an authentic Austrian apfelstrudel. The snowy mountains, you will have to imagine yourself ;-)
What will you need?
● 250 gr ready-made puff pastry
● 500 gr apples
● 40 ml rum (or water for kids)
● 50 gr raisins
● 100 gr sugar
● 100 gr butter
● 1 el vanilla sugar (one bag)
● 2 el almond powder
● cinnamon powder (to your own taste)
● 30 gr breadcrumbs
Start by peeling the apples. Than cut them in quarters and remove the seeds and core. Cut the rest into slices. Rinse the raisins and dry them with a towel. Put the raisins in the rum (or water for kids) and let them soak for a couple of minutes. In the meantime you can preheat your oven to 200°C. After a while you can add the apples, vanilla sugar, almond powder, cinnamon powder and half of the breadcrumbs.
Spread your puff pastry out on the counter, so it can air. Melt half of the butter over a gentle fire and apply it to the dough with a brush. Than sprinkle the other half of the breadcrumbs and the sugar over the dough. Afterwards, you can fold the apfelstrudel in two ways. One way is to put the apple mixture in the middle of the pastry and braid the dough (as in the picture). Another way is to divide the apple mixture over one half of the dough - while leaving a space of 5 cm from the sides - and fold everything inwards. Press everything firmly together.
Put the strudel on a baking tray with baking paper and melt and apply the other half of the butter. Bake everything approximately 30 minutes in an oven at 200°C. Check regularly, as the baking time may vary from oven to oven.
You can serve the apfelstrudel cold or warm. In any case, leave the strudel to cool down a couple of minutes before serving it. Cut the strudel in pieces and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Tip: an apfelstrudel goes very well with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!