There is this café’ that serves apple strudel that I’ve made a tradition of getting every time I visit, but I want to have this more than once a month, without the processed ingredients. So I put on some Mumford and Sons ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST59IaiCUdA ~ and did some late night baking. The best thing about late night baking is the joy of having your baked treat for breakfast the next morning with your coffee or tea.
This recipe uses healthier alternative ingredients and its Vegan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min.
Ingredients for pastry:
1 cup all-purpose flour (I use King Arthur GMO free)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons sugar (Use unrefined cane sugar)
1/4 cup cold unsalted butter, diced (I use Earth Balance Vegan butter)
4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
Ingredients for Apple filling:
1 1/4 pound apples (such as Granny Smith or Macintosh), peeled and sliced
(I used two organic red delicious & one green apple) *Note I had enough apples left over that another batch of dough was needed so just two apples is plenty.
1/3 cup sugar (Unrefined cane sugar of course)
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (organic)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (K.A.)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (simple organic brand)
Use a medium size bowl to mix flour, sugar, and salt in. Use a pastry cutter to mixed chopped cold butter into the mixed until it clumps together. I like how these turned out but truthfully I wanted a more flaky texture. To do this I would just use the whole block of butter which is only two more Tablespoons than required in the recipe. The key is to just lay off the water if the dough is moist and gathered together already. You should have a nice rough ball of dough to set aside on a floured surface.
For the Apple filing just add diced apples to a smaller bowl with sugar, flour, and vanilla extract. I just sprinkled the cinnamon around all the apple pieces until I was satisfied. Mix with a wooden spoon until most of the flour is sticking to the apples.
Now comes the fun part of rolling out the dough and making your own pastry designs.
I made two rectangles and some circles from star like shapes.
Roll out the dough as thin as you can without it becoming too fragile and cut out a rectangle with added width for the top. On the extra side, slice out the tops of triangles to lap over the apple filling. Place some of the apple filling on the solid side and wrap the other side over pinching the dough together. Place on a cookie sheet with some type of oil (coconut oil) spread out. Another design is using a star shape to put a smaller amount of filling in. Just pull all the star points to the top pinching together. Lastly brush some butter on the tops of the dough, then place in the oven at 375 for 20 to 30 minutes. Keep on an eye on the Apple strudel until the tops start to turn brown but make sure the bottom doesn’t burn either. Finally enjoy! Comments of questions welcomed.
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~Love Miss Shawna~