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Apple Strudel Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Judy Flax

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 cups flour
warm water -- enough to mix with flour and form a ball
apples -- peeled and sliced thin -- red delicious or whatever preferred
sugar / cinnamon mixture -- 1 cup sugar to 1 tablespoon cinnamon ratio
bread crumbs made from toasted bread that has been cooled then finely crumbled
melted butter
thick cream

Directions:
Directions:
Mix the flour with enough water to form a ball. Set aside. I cover and place in the microwave to keep warm. In the meantime, peel and slice apples. In a large skillet, melt butter and mix with the bread crumbs until the crumbs are well coated. By now the dough should be ready. On the kitchen table, lay a sheet flat and then cover well with flour. Roll out the dough on the sheet until it reaches end to end on the table -- or until it is paper thin. Layer dough with crumb mixture, apples, then sugar mixture. Drizzle with heavy cream. Carefully lift one side of the sheet and slowly roll the dough and ingredients into a log. Cut the log into widths that will fit on baking pans. Using the sheet and gravity, transfer the log pieces onto a well-greased baking pans. You may use baking pans that have been lined in foil instead of greased. Drizzle extra cream on top. At this point, many families will take a pan home and bake in their own oven as this recipe may make too much to bake at one time in the oven. Bake at 350 until top is brown and the kitchen smells like Heaven! Eat with a scoop of ice cream! Refrigerate until ready to reheat and eat. This freezes well. Good in the morning with a good cup of coffee.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I got this recipe from my mother-in-law, Catherine Flax. We started making this when we lived in Andale. I do not remember making this when we lived in KC. This is a Flax Christmas tradition. After my husband, Gene, died and our first Christmas was upon us, I was not going to make it. Eric showed up one night with apples and cream and we were making strudel, by God! We have not missed a Christmas yet! We usually gather at my house. Strudel making was not always pleasant. Gene was a little impatient with us when stretching the dough. With Gene we used a technique where we stretched the dough to get it paper thin. It took several people for this and often the dough was finicky and tore. Quite a feat and awesome when it worked. He did a lot of "Damn it, Judy" as it always seemed to be my fault the dough tore. Ha! In spite of the stressful moments, we have made a lot of great memories making strudel. We have transitioned from stretching the dough to rolling the dough -- it is more predictable and less stressful. Many grandchildren have helped over the years-- peeling apples, rolling the dough and singing some great Christmas songs! Merry Christmas!
Love,
Judy / Mom / Grandma

 

 

 

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