If there is anything I'm not, it's a baker.
Although I was a chef in my own business for years I just can't seem to bake a good dessert.. but I don't stop trying!
It's been so cold here for the past week and the downstairs of my house is drafty. We do have central heating but I hate what it does to my sinus. So I keep it off and only use my heat surge fireplace in the living room and it does quite a good job of keeping the draft away... but the kitchen today is really chilly....
Time to bake something!
I found this recipe many years ago for Apple Strudel and it was good.. so lets give it a try again.
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes – 3 hours 30 minutes
15-20 min to make dough
30-90 min to let dough rest/to prepare the filling
20-30 min to roll out and stretch dough
10 min to fill and roll dough
30 min to bake @ 400f
30 min to cool
The recipe will keep the kitchen warm for several hours and the smell,, so much better than any scented candle or warming oil.
I think I put too many nuts in the apples, but that's just the way I like it!
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.
Is it sounding like a lot of work,, yep,,, it was!
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.
My Notes: It was very hard for me to spread melted butter over the dough although I used my fingers. The dough was super thin and I was left with no option but to sort of lightly pat the butter on top. But it did'nt hinder the taste and it came out beautifully even then
I then mixed a little powdered sugar and milk to dribble over the top, for looks mostly.
What more can I say but Whow!
You may want to try this Apple Strudel on your next Sunday morning gathering. Your family and friends will love it!
Happy Weekend Everyone!