Sunday, 20 January 2013

Speedy Apple Strudel

If you want a quick dessert this is made with phyllo dough,  some sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon,  breadcrumbs and a bit of butter. It is best served hot and flaky or with some whipped cream. You can also re-heat it to bring back the crunch of the phyllo if you have any leftovers. This is really the lazy version of a strudel with all the taste.

You will need:

  • 4-5 apples peeled and sliced on a mandolin - I like to use Granny Smith and a variety of apples.
  • 3 sheets of thawed phyllo pastry
  • 4 tbsp melted butter (this is half a stick)
  • 5 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Step 1: peel apples. Take a mandolin and start slicing apple, keep turning until you are left with the core. I like this method because it is quick and you just throw out the cores once they are left.

Step 2: take out 3 sheets of phyllo. If you work quickly you don't have to cover them with a damp towel to keep them pliable. Melt butter in a microwave for 25 seconds. With a brush apply a thin layer of butter to the first sheet. Sprinkle with 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs, sprinkle with 1 tbsp of sugar. Add the next sheet and repeat brushing on butter, sprinkling 1 tbsp of breadcrumbs and 1 tbsp sugar and repeat the same with the final sheet.

Step 3: add the layer of apples spread evenly. Top apples with 1-2 tbsp breadcrumbs and 2 tbsp sugar and a final 1/2 tsp sprinkling of cinnamon. (you can add a bit more cinnamon if you prefer it) You can also mix the apples with the cinnamon and sugar before you place on the phyllo sheets but, this is a speedy strudel and I didn't even bother and it was still great. You will have sugar and breadcrumbs under the layer of apples and you will have sugar, breadcrumb and cinnamon on top.

Step 4: carefully roll up and fold under both ends. Brush all over with melted butter and sprinkle with course sugar if you like. Place on a large baking pan -I also prefer adding a layer of parchment paper for easy clean up.

Step 5: bake in a 375 degree F oven for 35 minutes or until brown and crunchy.

Serve warm and crunchy with some powdered sugar to top along with some sweet whipped cream.

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