Easy Strudel (Jednoduchá Štrúdla)
Here is a recipe for an easy apple strudel (jablková štrúdla or more traditionally, jablkový závin). It’s easy because it’s made with frozen puff pastry dough. So all you have to do is grate some apples, mix them with sugar and cinnamon, roll the strudel, and bake. And eat, of course. And if you have never had an apple strudel, it’s really delicious. It’s sort of like an apple pie, but better.
In making this recipe I used the frozen puff pastry dough from my local Giant. You will need to let this dough defrost for at least 20 minutes. This is also a good time to preheat your oven to 400F. The dough comes folded into three sections. As it is defrosting, carefully unfold it to make a flat sheet. For some reason, one third of the dough I was using was really stiff and non stretchy – perhaps it suffered a bad freezer burn. I tried to wet it, and roll it with a pin, but to no avail. I eventually ended up forming dough into a ball and rolling it out flat as shown below.
(By the way, that link above directs a different Giant chain. While searching for the dough link, I found out that there are actually two chains of grocery stores called “Giant” operating in Virgina, Giant-Landover, the one I shop in, and Giant-Carlisle, a sister company. Interesting!)
Ingredients: puff pastry dough, 4 small Gala apples, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon cinnamon, melted butter, powdered sugar for topping
Prep Time: About 30 minutes of work, another 20 minutes for baking
Roll the dough out into a long rectangle. Transfer it carefully onto a tablecloth (obrus) or a large dishtowel. I dusted the towel first with flour, but this may not be necessary. Then place your hand underneath the dough and using your fingers gently stretch the dough out as much as you can before it breaks. It will become semitransparent. Do this from inside out and all the way around.
To roll the strudel, lift up one end of the tablecloth with both hands. Bring it over the dough so that the edge separates from the tablecloth and folds over. Continue doing this until you end up with a roll.
Bake in oven preheated to 400F for about 20 minutes. About half way through, brush gently on all sides with melted butter. Also brush on the bottom to keep it from sticking to the pan. Be careful not to tear the dough. And if it gets stuck in a place or two, use the brush to unstick it.
For another apple and puff pastry recipe, check out “apples in a bathrobe“Tweet