Candid Reflections

March 22, 2008

Apple Strudel

Filed under: In the Kitchen — candid reflections @ 9:57 am

You should make this for breakfast tomorrow morning, it’s wholesome and not too sweet – a perfect breakfast for a day you know’ll be filled with feasting and treats.  

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Apple Povatiesta (Yugoslavian Strudel)

crust: 

1 egg

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup lukewarm water

½ cup melted butter

filling:

4-5 granny smith apples

1 cup raisins

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup softened butter

For crust: Mix the egg with flour and salt in a bowl.  Gradually add water and ½ cup melted butter to the dry mixture.  Knead until smooth, keeping dough as soft as possible.  Grease dough ball and place in a covered bowl for 20 minutes or more.  (I just added the crust ingredients into my bread machine and selected dough cycle.) 

Place the dough ball on a large surface covered in flour or a cloth.  Roll out as thin as possible with a rolling pin.  Then gently pull dough from all sides, stretching it until dough is tissue-thin.  Patience and gentle pulling does it.  If the dough tears, mend it by pinching together and keep going..  Spread entire dough with the ½ cup softened butter, then spread alond one long edge with the mixture of sliced apples, raisins, sugar, and cinnamon.3757blog.jpg

Roll into a jelly roll shape, pinching ends closed, and then into a circle or coil.  Brush with melted butter. 3759blog.jpg

Bake in a greased pan at 350° for 60-80 minutes, or until flaky and golden.3761blog1.jpg

Top individual servings with whipped cream.

Whipped Cream

1 cup whipping cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

Chill a medium mixing bowl and the beaters of an electric mixer.  In chilled bowl, beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Now, go make it and bake it…then sit back and revert back to the warm summer mornings of sitting in your grandma’s kitchen, sinking your teeth into the creations that your dad sunk his teeth into decades before you.  Then think to yourself what a fine fellow he was for bringing you into this world, after all…what use is good cookin’ if there’s no one around to enjoy it!

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1 Comment »

  1. Both My Grandmothers came from Yugoslavia, still is very close to their recipes. Yummmy stuff!

    Comment by tncountrygal — November 19, 2009 @ 5:22 am


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