Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday's the Potluck Club.-Apfelstrudel

Continuing with the German food Month, I thought is is time for a Sweet. A Bavarian Treat called Apflestrudel. While living in the southern region of German I was given this Recipe.
We visited Bavaria Several times during our time in Germany. The region is so beautiful, nestled in the blackforest area, one can see the Swiss Alps as well as
Lake Königssee.

We loved to sit in the small town of St. Bartholomä.
One can only get to it by boat.
the town is located at the foot of the Swiss mountains.
I loved to eat their smoked fish and this apple strudel.

For this recipe the measurements and directions are very important:


For the Pastry:
3 level cups Sifted Flour
2 level Tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons ice water
1/8 pound butter

For Filling:
3 lbs juicy apples
1 cup sugar
1 cup raisins
1/2 level teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon Rum

For Decoration:
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup Silvered Almonds.

  • Sift the flour once, then lift carefully in to a Measuring cup with a spoon. Heap Slightly, do not pack down or tap cup, and level cup off with a knife.
  • Add the sugar and salt and mix together.
  • Add the eggs and mix together with wooden spoon.
  • Add ice water one tablespoon at a time and knead together. Kneading dough about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • The dough well be very stuff. Form into a ball and set aside, cover with towel for 30 minutes.
  • Peel and core the apples. cut into very thin Lengthwise slices, about 1/16 inch thick

Step 1.
Take half the dough and roll out on a lightly floured pastry board, as thin as possible into a rectangle .
Make a fist of both hands,Pick up sheet of dough and drape dough over your hands. Pull your hands to the outside (this stretches the dough). Be careful not to tear. Continue this until the sheet is very thin, always work from the middle towards the edges. it should measure 18" by 14" (it sounds harder than it is).
Lay the sheet of dough on a well floured pastry cloth.
Melt butter and paint the sheet of dough with 1/2 the butter.

Step 2.
Take half the apple slices, mix with 1/2 cup Sugar, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon rum.( note this is half the ingredients above, you will be using the other half in the second Strudel*).
Spread immediately on the dough. Roll together lightly to form a long roll. Tuck in the ends and press together to seal.

*Repeat the two steps above for the second Strudel.

Butter a oven tray that is a least 18" long by 12' wide with raised sides.
Preheat oven 475F.
Beat egg yolk and paint the strudels with it. sprinkle each one with, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 cup slivered almonds.

these cooking instructions are very important!
45 minute total cooking time and keep the oven door closed during the cooking process time.

Bake 10 minutes at 475F, then turn down the oven to 400F, and bake 20 minutes, turn oven down to 300F and bake 15 minutes

Remove from oven. Remove strudels from pan and set on a large serving tray. Pour the juices from the baking pan over the strudel and set aside to cool.
You can serve them Hot or Cold.

Now these calories are worth the taste. Therefore I will not list them. Just enjoy this treat from Bavaria.

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