Daring Bakers, May: 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.
You can find the recipe on both Courtney’s and Linda’s blogs.
I’d made strudel before, back in cooking school. That time, we stretched the strudel dough out to the size of a brigade table, about 5 feet by 3 feet. I won’t lie—it was daunting. About 20 pairs of hands, pulling and stretching. It was actually horrifying, like the breach birth of baking. We had some minor tears, but happily, it worked out, and we birthed a beautiful and gigantic apple strudel. This month’s Daring Baker’s challenge was that same exercise in miniature. It was the first time I’d braved an at-home strudel, but because it was so crazy easy, it won’t be the last time.
My little 2 feet by 3 feet gate-leg IKEA table was perfect for this project, as was the linen dish towel I use to proof bread on. Looking at the teeny wad of dough that was expected to reach almost all the way to all four sides, I felt a little discouraged. And excited.
The goal is to stretch the dough out so thinly, that you can read through it. Here’s the recipe, showing through the dough.
It made(ish) it!
Simple buttered bread crumbs soaked up the juicy juice from the fruit filling.
In my case, I used three types of apples (Braeburn, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith--each apple brought something to the strudel, and all held their shape, added a good texture, and remained juicy), Mission figs, and toffee bits. YUM. Here’s where I admit that I messed things up. Apparently, we were supposed to line all the filling up in a line at one end of the dough to roll it up, not spread the filling out all over the dough. I could've sworn we spread it out like this in class, though. And I just had to trust that the dough would tough out the points and edges on the apple slices . . . trust in the dough . . . trust in the dough . . .
Whew! Were there any doubts? Nahhhhhh!
Before baking. Trust me--this was the only way the strudelpillar would fit on my biggest baking sheet.
Yay for crunchiness!
There it is. And it tasted awesome! One of my friends made some rosewater rhubarb compote that we served it with, and it was a lovely pairing.
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