If you read my Autumn Baking – Golden Syrup and Walnut Cake post, you’ll know that I’m by no means a baker – but I’d like to be.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Bake Off is giving me all the inspiration. Today I decided to try my hand at another simple bake – an Autumn-inspired apple strudel.
When it’s cold outside there is nothing nicer than a piping hot apple strudel filled with soft, cinnamon coated apples and studded with juicy raisins. I have always enjoyed this bake but have never attempted to make one myself before. I had a look around online for a few different recipes and decided to pick and choose the bits I liked best from each. So here it is, my Autumn-inspired apple strudel recipe.
For this bake you will need:
Pre-made puff pastry. You can make your own but as I said, this is a simple recipe!
Six small/medium gala apples
Two teaspoons cinnamon
Two teaspoons nutmeg
One teaspoon vanilla essence
Icing sugar (this is optional!)
Mixed dried fruits/raisins
150g caster sugar
A big bowl and spoon to mix ingredients together
Grease proof baking parchment
Scissors to cut strips in to the pastry
Peel and de-core your apples. Chop them up in to small cubes.
In a bowl, mix together your apples, the cinnamon, nutmeg, dried fruit, caster sugar and vanilla essence.
Lay your baking parchment on top of a baking tray. Dust with flour. Roll your pre-made puff pastry out on to this sheet.
Cut diagonal strips in to the sides of the pastry. Fill the pastry (in the middle) with your filling.
Fold the strips of pastry diagonally across the filling to make a lattice design. For some reason I completely messed this up today, but if you’re a proficient baker this should not be difficult!
Brush with milk or egg and place in a pre-heated oven (gas mark six) for 20-30 minutes.
Step seven (optional)
Mix icing sugar with milk and vanilla essence – decorate as you please!
This strudel is super-easy to bake and the flavours are delicious. One thing to note was that I left mine to bake for 20 minutes and this meant that the apple was not as soft as I would have liked. Ideally I think I should have baked for 30 minutes – but baking time is really dependent on your oven! 25 minutes could be a good compromise. This strudel would be wonderful on cold winter nights when you get in from work – and as it is so quick and easy to make it’s the perfect no-fuss option when you’re working within a time limit.