Wednesday, 27 May 2009

May Daring Bakers - Apple Strudel

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.
Thank you to Linda and Courtney for hosting this month's challenge. I have never made Strudel before. When I looked at the recipe I thought it was going to be very fiddly. In fact it was a very simple thing to make. In no way am I saying mine was perfect but the dough was simple to put together and apart from the stretching and rolling, didn't require any special treatment. It just needed to sit around for an hour or so in cling film. This gave plenty of time to prepare the other ingredients. Then it was just a case of assembling it and popping into the oven for 20 -30 minutes.

I used cranberries instead of raisins as I prefer them and I thought it would give a bit of colour.
I didn't have walnuts but did have pecan nuts but at the last minute left them out as we are not great nut lovers.
I had no rum as my husband and his brother polished off the last of it on Hubby's birthday. I did find some Calvados so I used that as I thought it would complement the apples.
I also used light Muscavado sugar to give a slightly toffee taste.

I made the dough in the food processor. The instruction were to stretch the dough on a floured cloth. I'm too lazy so used some baking parchment so I could flip it over.
I just rolled it with a rolling pin and then stretched it a bit. It was a breeze to do. The dough was not at all sticky to work with. I managed to get it fairly thin without too much effort although I suspect it was maybe meant to be thinner

It was then a case of adding the filling and flipping the paper over to roll the dough up and that worked very well.

I am not sure if it is exactly right but
it tasted lovely. Thoroughly enjoyed by all

Apple strudel
from “Kaffeehaus – Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague” by Rick Rodgers

2 tablespoons (30 ml) golden rum
3 tablespoons (45 ml) raisins
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80 g) sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick / 115 g) unsalted butter, melted, divided
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) fresh bread crumbs
strudel dough (recipe below)
1/2 cup (120 ml, about 60 g) coarsely chopped walnuts
2 pounds (900 g) tart cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼ inch-thick slices (use apples that hold their shape during baking)

1. Mix the rum and raisins in a bowl. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in another bowl.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the breadcrumbs and cook whilst stirring until golden and toasted. This will take about 3 minutes. Let it cool completely.

3. Put the rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a large baking sheet with baking paper (parchment paper). Make the strudel dough as described below. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the remaining melted butter over the dough using your hands (a bristle brush could tear the dough, you could use a special feather pastry brush instead of your hands). Sprinkle the buttered dough with the bread crumbs. Spread the walnuts about 3 inches (8 cm) from the short edge of the dough in a 6-inch-(15cm)-wide strip. Mix the apples with the raisins (including the rum), and the cinnamon sugar. Spread the mixture over the walnuts.

4. Fold the short end of the dough onto the filling. Lift the tablecloth at the short end of the dough so that the strudel rolls onto itself. Transfer the strudel to the prepared baking sheet by lifting it. Curve it into a horseshoe to fit. Tuck the ends under the strudel. Brush the top with the remaining melted butter.

5. Bake the strudel for about 30 minutes or until it is deep golden brown. Cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Use a serrated knife and serve either warm or at room temperature. It is best on the day it is baked.

Strudel dough
from “Kaffeehaus – Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague” by Rick Rodgers

1 1/3 cups (200 g) unbleached flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons (105 ml) water, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil, plus additional for coating the dough
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

1. Combine the flour and salt in a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix the water, oil and vinegar in a measuring cup. Add the water/oil mixture to the flour with the mixer on low speed. You will get a soft dough. Make sure it is not too dry, add a little more water if necessary.
Take the dough out of the mixer. Change to the dough hook. Put the dough ball back in the mixer. Let the dough knead on medium until you get a soft dough ball with a somewhat rough surface.

2. Take the dough out of the mixer and continue kneading by hand on an unfloured work surface. Knead for about 2 minutes. Pick up the dough and throw it down hard onto your working surface occasionally.
Shape the dough into a ball and transfer it to a plate. Oil the top of the dough ball lightly. Cover the ball tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to stand for 30-90 minutes (longer is better).

3. It would be best if you have a work area that you can walk around on all sides like a 36 inch (90 cm) round table or a work surface of 23 x 38 inches (60 x 100 cm). Cover your working area with table cloth, dust it with flour and rub it into the fabric. Put your dough ball in the middle and roll it out as much as you can.
Pick the dough up by holding it by an edge. This way the weight of the dough and gravity can help stretching it as it hangs. Using the back of your hands to gently stretch and pull the dough. You can use your forearms to support it.

4. The dough will become too large to hold. Put it on your work surface. Leave the thicker edge of the dough to hang over the edge of the table. Place your hands underneath the dough and stretch and pull the dough thinner using the backs of your hands. Stretch and pull the dough until it's about 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 3 feet (90 cm) long, it will be tissue-thin by this time. Cut away the thick dough around the edges with scissors. The dough is now ready to be filled.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love your filling! This strudel looks wonderful! Very well done!



George said...

Absolutely lovely job Brenda. Well done!

Mary said...

This strudel looks so delicious and inviting !

♥Rosie♥ said...

Granny such a delightful creation and SO much effort and work has gone into making this strudel. A huge pat on the back to you - Outstanding indeed!

Rosie x

Gloria said...

Brenda, this is absolutely nice and yummy!!! I love all with apples!!xoxoxoGloria

Marcela S. said...

It's a delight for the eyes and a huge temptation for the mouth. Congrats!

Tina said...

That looks amazing Granny - your presentation is top notch.

Tina xx

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Chef Jeena said...

Gorgeous filling!

arista said...

Looks and sounds delicious, and the photo is really good!

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

Granny this looks beautiful. Love the sound of cranberries with it. Those Daring Bakers recipes are always scarily lengthy!!

Kelly-Jane said...

Wow your strudel is first class, your first picture is just mouth watering!

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Uca said...

Ummmm i want a bite!Thanks for your recipes.