Apfelstrudel is a traditional Austrian and German pastry that has gained popularity worldwide. It consists of a thin and flaky pastry dough filled with a mixture of thinly sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, and often some raisins. The filling is spread over the dough, which is then rolled and baked until golden and crispy.
To make Apfelstrudel, the dough is typically made from flour, water, and oil or butter, and it is stretched and rolled out very thin. The apple filling is prepared by mixing sliced apples with sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes lemon juice or zest for added flavor. Raisins can also be added to the filling for those who enjoy them.
Once the dough is rolled out, the apple filling is spread evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. The dough is then carefully rolled up, with the ends tucked in, to encase the filling. The rolled strudel is placed on a baking sheet, brushed with melted butter or egg wash to give it a golden color, and baked in the oven until it is crispy and the apples are tender.
Apfelstrudel is often served warm and can be enjoyed as a dessert or a sweet treat. It is commonly served with powdered sugar sprinkled on top and sometimes accompanied by vanilla sauce, whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The combination of the delicate, flaky pastry and the sweet, spiced apple filling makes Apfelstrudel a delicious and comforting pastry enjoyed by many.