My grandma's recipe for perfect phyllo apple strudel is a sure winner! It's a delicious, tart pastry that makes a stellar dessert with a huge dollop of vanilla date ice cream. Plus, it's super easy to make with pre-made phyllo dough and a few simple ingredients.
🍎 What is Strudel?
A strudel is a traditional Viennese pastry, often served for dessert. It features thin pastry sheets wrapped around a fruit filling like apple, cherry, or apricot. it makes for a delicious and easy phyllo dough dessert recipe.
🍴What's the difference between strudel and streusel?
While easy to confuse due to their similar names, strudel and streusel are different desserts. A strudel has thin sheets of pastry wrapped around the filling, while streusel is a crumbly sweet topping of sugar, flour, and butter that is layered over pies and cakes.
🌟 Why Phyllo Apple Strudel Works So Well
🧾 Ingredients in this recipe
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👩🍳 How to Make Apple Strudel
🍏 Phyllo Apple Strudel FAQs
For the best tart taste, I like to use Granny Smith apples or Braeburn apples. Their flavor marries really well with the sweet, flaky pastry and the cinnamon.
You can keep apple strudel in the fridge, but it doesn't last as long or stay as tasty as when it's freshly made. I prefer to keep apple strudel covered on the counter overnight if you are eating it the next day. If you plan to keep it longer than that, then refrigerate or freeze it.
If you're making it in advance or in bulk, apple strudel can absolutely be frozen. It is best to freeze the strudel before you bake it. Assemble as you would normally, then cover and freeze the strudel before the final baking step. Wrap it in parchment paper and freeze it in an airtight container or bag. You can then bake when ready by defrosting overnight in the refrigerator or 45 minutes at room temperature and it'll taste as if it's been freshly made.
To reheat already baked strudel, place it on a baking sheet and pop it in the oven on low heat for around ten minutes. You'll get a much better result than microwaving it. A toaster oven works great, too.
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Easy Apple Strudel
- 2 apples tart apples like Braeburns or Granny Smith
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 stick butter
- 6 sheets phyllo dough
- ¼ cup apricot jam
- 3 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon separated into 1 teaspoon & ¼ tsp
- 1 egg optional
- Peel, core, and slice the apples. Toss in a bowl with the juice of half a lemon.
- Melt the stick of butter.
- Preheat to 350F.
- Prepare your surface with a clean towel. Take one sheet of phyllo dough, place it on the towel, and brush with melted butter. Cover the unused phyllo with a damp towel between use.
- Top with another sheet of phyllo dough, and brush with melted butter. Repeat until you have 6 sheets stacked.
- Add ¼ cup of apricot jam to the bottom 4-inches of the phyllo dough. Stack the apple slices across the bottom of the phyllo dough on top of the jam.
- Top with 3 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Using the towel, roll the phyllo until you have a closed parcel. Transfer to your baking tray lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat seam side down.
- Cut slits across the top ~1 inch apart. Brush with egg wash. Mix 1 tablespoon sugar with ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and sprinkle on top.
- Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown and flakey.