Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Home Made Phyllo Pastry Apple Strudels

Yesterday I had mentioned that I had tried out a new dessert recipe, and now I'm so excited to share it with you. Apple strudels are easy to make with the help of phyllo pastry (or "phyllo dough"), and the ingredients are simple. Plus, aside from the phyllo pastry, most of them can likely be found in your pantry.
When choosing what type of apple you would like to use for the filling, search for ones that are firm and bake well, like granny smith apples.

Phyllo Pastry Apple Turnovers (makes 8)
-8 sheets of phyllo pastry
-2 granny smith apples
-1/3 cup raisins
-1/8 cup packed brown sugar
-1/4 cup melted butter
-1+1/2 tbsp flour
-1/2 tsp cinnamon

First, peel and cut the apples into small cubes. Then, to create the filling simply toss the apple cubes, raisins, sugar, flour, and cinnamon into a bowl and stir till evenly coated. Then lay out two sheets of phyllo pastry, lightly butter the surface with a brush, and then slice the sheets in half lengthwise. Place two large spoonfuls of filling onto one end of the pastry sheets, and then gently roll the pastry and filling together while tucking in the sides as you go. Place each strudel onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, and then 375 degrees for 20 minutes. When the strudels have finished baking, place them onto a cooling rack and lightly dust with powdered sugar.
This certainly wasn't the hardest recipe I've ever tried, but it probably was the most time consuming. Buttering each sheet of phyllo pastry, delicately rolling the sheets and filling, and then having to change the temperature part way through the baking process wasn't super hard, but really did take a lot of time. But the good news is, you can make these the day before you plan to serve them!
What I really loved about these strudels was the flakiness of the phyllo pastry. Often when you buy apple strudels from the bakery at the grocery store, the pastry is a little soft and possibly even soggy, but these were flaky and buttery and melt in your mouth good.
Also, these are really good served cold the next day for breakfast. : )
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  1. These look incredible! I'm a sucker for apples and cinnamon :)

  2. Oooo yummy yummy! Would love for you to share at my Meatless Monday hop today! You always have such awesome meat-free recipes!!!!!

  3. These would also be awesome to share at my Sweet Saturday party which had a weak turn out this weekend, if you don't mind that is ;)

  4. Great post. I was wondering if you would like to put up a link to this apple recipe in my Food on Friday Series.