Phyllo Pastry Apple Strudel

I love apple strudel… & this way to make it is so simple….just a pkg of phyllo pastry & some apples…sugar of course…

I remember when I first started using phyllo pastry..it scared me! It is delicate to use, but I realized if I break a sheet & it is not on the top or bottom…I can just piece it together!

You have to be gentle with the phyllo. Picking up a sheet..you have to be careful not to rip it & when brushing oil on it, use a gentle hand otherwise it wil rip…& keep the extra sheets covered with a tea towel so it does not dry out!

One box of phyllo pastry could make 3 strudels..but if you only want to make one ..ofr if you want to make 3…adjust the amount of apples in this recipe accordingly since this recipe is for 2 strudel

If you like raisins & nuts, you can add some to the apples if you want to. I would make sure the nuts are chopped small so they will not tear the phyllo …Just put as much

Here is the recipe

Ingredients

12 sheets of defrosted phyllo pastry

4 large apples…. I used gala apples ***Approx. 6 cups of sliced apples

14 cup – 1/2 cup oil  & one pastry brush

4 tbsp flour… you are going to use 1 tbsp at a time….

1/2 cup sugar, divided into 1/4c + 1/4 c *** you can adjust the amount of sugar you use to your liking & the type of apples you use…I like my strudel to be more on the sweet side

cinnamon

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350f

You will need one baking sheet lined with parchment paper.. a big one so you can put 2 strudel on it or if you only have small sheets..then you will need 2

  1. Defrost the phyllo pastry according to the pkg.. you will use 12 sheets to make 2 strudel so you will have left-over sheets of phyllo…you could divide the pkg into 3 & make 3 strudels…just adjust the amount of the above ingredients to make 3 ….adding more apples etc
  2. Have the phyllo sheets ready..
  3. Thinly slice the apples.. I did not peel them but of course you can if you want
  4. Divide the sliced apples into 2 equal piles & set aside
  5. Put the oil into a bowl
  6. You will make one strudel at a time
  7. Using a pastry brush, generously brush each sheet of phyllo with oil…one layer at a time…so…. take one sheet of phyllo, put it on a flat work surface… brush it with oil right to the edges… then take another sheet of phyllo , place on top of the oiled sheet…press it down gently…Oil this sheet…conitnue in this manner until you have all 6 sheets oiled & layered not op of each other
  8. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flour over 3/4 of the top sheet of phyllo
  9. Place the thinly sliced apples over the floured surface…as evenly as possible
  10. Sprinkle the apples evenly with 1/4 cup sugar..
  11. Now sprinkle cinnamon all over the apples…as much as you like..I did not measure the amount of cinnamon I used
  12. Sprinkle one more tbsp of flour evenly over the apples
  13. Fold up the strudel.. I folded it once…to about the 1/3 of the pastry sheet, then again, then the final fold..I left the ends open since my apples were right there….
  14. Place this folded strudel very carefully onto the baking sheet to one side leaving room for the second strudel
  15. Now, follow the instructions #7 -14 for the second strudel
  16. Brush both strudel with oil
  17. Use a sharp knife & slit the top of the strudel in a few place..I made 4 diagonal cuts..this lets the steam out of the strudel & also helps the apples to bake thoroughly
  18. Bake for approx 30 minutes until the strudel are brown & the apples are cooked
  19. Let cool completely before serving..the apples are HOT
  20. Sprinkle your strudel with some icing sugar before serving…this looks really pretty!

Enjoy!

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