Monday, October 20, 2014

Oktoberfest Apple Strudel

Oktoberfest has already come and gone but we decided to have a small celebration of our own this weekend. We had bratwurst, sauerkraut, soft pretzels with German mustard, spatzle, salad, and topped it off with Apple Strudel for dessert. This recipe wasn't very hard to make and I loved that it made two strudels! We heated the strudels up in the microwave and put Cool Whip on top - they tasted so good! Two years ago my husband got to celebrate 'real' Oktoberfest in Germany, so it was nice to celebrate it with some German beer and food with our kids and some friends this year!

Apple Strudel

- package puff pastry sheets (2), thawed
- 2-3 baking apples (I used granny smith apples)
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. flour

- 1/2 cup chopped nuts, almonds or walnuts
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp. bread crumbs, plain
- 1 egg with 1 tsp. water beaten together, for brushing

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease your baking sheet.
2. Peel, core, and dice your apples and place in a bowl. Add your cinnamon, sugar and flour and combine. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix your nuts, brown sugar, sugar, and bread crumbs together.
4. Roll out your puff pastry and place half your nut mixture on one side of the pastry and then top with half your apple mixture. Repeat with other puff pastry sheet.
5. Roll your puff pastry over and over and fold the end under the strudel.
6. Place on your baking sheet and brush with your egg wash.
7. Cut openings on top of your strudel for the steam to escape.
8. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.

 Granny Smith Apples

 Nut mixture, apple mixture, and egg wash

 Puff pastry sheet with 1/2 nut mixture and 1/2 apple mixture

 Strudels with egg wash and slits on top

 Baked Apple Strudel - slice and top with whipped cream!


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