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
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
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
- 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
- Have the phyllo sheets ready..
- Thinly slice the apples.. I did not peel them but of course you can if you want
- Divide the sliced apples into 2 equal piles & set aside
- Put the oil into a bowl
- You will make one strudel at a time
- 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
- Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flour over 3/4 of the top sheet of phyllo
- Place the thinly sliced apples over the floured surface…as evenly as possible
- Sprinkle the apples evenly with 1/4 cup sugar..
- Now sprinkle cinnamon all over the apples…as much as you like..I did not measure the amount of cinnamon I used
- Sprinkle one more tbsp of flour evenly over the apples
- 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….
- Place this folded strudel very carefully onto the baking sheet to one side leaving room for the second strudel
- Now, follow the instructions #7 -14 for the second strudel
- Brush both strudel with oil
- 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
- Bake for approx 30 minutes until the strudel are brown & the apples are cooked
- Let cool completely before serving..the apples are HOT
- Sprinkle your strudel with some icing sugar before serving…this looks really pretty!