MONA'S EASY APPLE STRUDEL

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

[WARNING: I TEMPORARILY COMPLETELY FORGOT HOW TO TAKE PICTURES. BASICALLY ALL OF THEM ARE SUPER OUT-OF-FOCUS. THIS MAY MAKE YOUR EYES BLEED. I'M REALLY SORRY.]

Hi Coolcats,

My name is Mona and I am a strudel fiend.

A strudel binge last Christmas. I'm so attractive.
So far in life, my favourite strudel spot is in the Manchester Christmas Market (but arrive late at your peril, they always always sell out of apple really fast).

Last week, however, I was staying in the countryside far, far from a shop, let alone a Christmas Market,  so I put my cooking cap on and managed to whip up a pretty passable version without too much trouble. This is a bit of an ad-hoc recipe as I didn't actually measure anything, but it should do the trick! 


Ingredients:

10 apples, peeled, cored, and finely sliced (I used a mixture of cooking apples and regular apples)
A handful of raisins and pine nuts
A splash of apple juice
A dollop of honey
A sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg
A box of pre-made puff pastry
Some honey and water, mixed together
One egg white - if you don't know how to separate your eggs, check out this guy from the French Culinary Institute. If, like me you were addicted to that 'Cooking Academy' game way back when on the iPod touch a while back, you'll have this one in the bag already.

Let's take a second to discuss the pastry. Traditionally, strudels call for filo pastry, but it's really difficult to use, and this is an easy recipe, so not only am I using puff, it's store-bought. If you want a proper strudel recipe, click here. Mine's much easier though. And still yummy. Just saying.

Method:

(1) Peel, core, and finely slice your apples. Throw in your cinnamon, nutmeg, apple juice, honey, pine nuts and raisins. Simmer on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are softened.
(2) Once it looks like this, remove it from the heat and allow to cool. While it's cooling...
(3) Use a basting brush to cover your pastry in the honey and water mixture that you made earlier. It's a more important step when using filo pastry, but it still makes your strudel very tasty and is a healthy alternative to butter.
(4) Spread your apple mixture onto your pastry, leaving a little bit of space around the edges for rolling, and then start to roll! Fold in the two short edges, and then start rolling (long-ways) so that it looks like a giant spring-roll.
(5) Make sure all the edges are tucked in and sealed, and then brush your strudel with the egg-white so that it will crisp up nicely. Put your remaining honey and water on a baking tray, add your strudel, and pop it in the oven (180 for a normal oven for 30 mins - I was using an Aga, so 10 mins in the top right, and then 20 in the bottom). 
(6) Set your alarm a few minutes early, so that you have time to heat up some fresh vanilla custard and mull some wine. Cut up BIG slices, smother them in custard, and preferably eat in front of a roaring fire. It's probably for the best if you're wearing Christmas jumpers, too.
There you have it! Sorry again for the photo quality, but I hope that you'll find that the recipe makes up for it! And just keep remembering that with apples and raisins, it's two of your five a day!

Enjoy.

Mona.

11 comments:

  1. I visit manchester a lot. And I love the christmas market. BUT I HAVE NOT FOUND THE STRUDEL SHACK!!!!!! Where is the beacon of joy?!
    Thank you for the recipe, I shall be quick to whip up my own, and then eat it all, in all probability!!

    Simone
    foxtrot-inkblot.blogspot.co.uk
    xxx

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    1. I haven't been this year but last year it was directly opposite the Town Hall entrance on the other side of the fair.

      I hope you like the recipe!

      Mona x

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  2. Amazing, love a good strudel! There's a brill strudel bar in Bath, YUM. Definitely going to have to give this one a go, binge on the whole lot and wash it down with a glass of mulled cider methinks. Ah, Christmas...x

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    1. Thank you! I'm a little bit location-jealous, I love Bath at Christmas, the lights are always s pretty and it's such a festive feel!

      Mona x

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  3. Oh my god this looks delicious! Personally, I love your strudel face x

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  4. Damnnnn, this looks good. I'm a huge, huge strudel fan (I don't really like crumble or pie, cause strudel is 100 times better) and I tend to bulk buy from the frozen aisle in Sainsburys... but I might just give this one a go. Can't wait for some mulled wine, woo!

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    1. Studel is amazing (although I'm not one to turn down crumble or pie...). I'm so excited about mulled wine, will be posting a recipe for that soon!

      Mona x

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  5. haha that first photo is fantastic. thanks for the recipe - I'm going to try it!

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  6. Yay! Please let me know how it turns out!

    Mona x

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  7. It looks delicious! I might have to try and make it.

    Laura
    www.whitewintersblog.com

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All love notes are gratefully received. If you have a burning question, though, it would be better to hit me up with an email.

Mona x

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