So, this is the last day of the challenge.. I’ve been baking and blogging continuously (except for one rest day) for 11 days and even if I’m terribly exhausted, I’m so glad I made this challenge. After cutting cookies for hours yesterday, I decided to make something easy but delicious today: Apple Strudel. First, I was going to use the book my aunt brought me from Austria, but then I decided to use a recipe from mom’s recipe notebook she prepared years ago. I didn’t make my own Strudel dough, and bought some fresh phyllo dough from a phyllo shop (yes, there is such thing in Turkey).
Since it’s freezing outside, I opted for custard instead of ice cream with my Strudel. Now, if you allow me, I will eat some Strudel while catching up with my TV shows.. And after that, I don’t want to see any sort of sweet food around me for a while, which I think is a good New Year’s resolution for my belly. And that ends the 11-day New Year Dessert Challenge..
Happy New Year!
- 4 large sheets (about 25 cm- 10 in. long) phyllo dough
- 1 apple, grated (Don’t use a very sweet and soft apple. I used Granny Smith)
- 50 gr (1.75 oz.) butter, melted
- 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, grated
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- a pinch of salt
- confectioners’ sugar (for dusting)
- custard (creme anglaise), recipe from here
Mix the apples, lemon juice, sugar and spices in a bowl.
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F).
Lay the first sheet of dough on a flat surface and brush with butter. Put the second sheet on the first sheet and brush with butter again. Repeat this process until all the sheets are layered and brushed with butter. Sprinkle the dough with the apple mix and roll the dough into a log.
Bake the dough for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Dust the Strudel with confectioners’ sugar and depending on the season, serve with either ice cream or custard sauce.