Although I know pastry is not a healthy ingredient, it is one of those things that I can’t help but love and find rather comforting. I believe in balance and so as long as pastry does not form a regular part of your diet, the occasional indulgence can be forgiven. This is a bit of a cheat’s recipe as I use ready made pastry for my strudel. You could make your own puff pastry, if you really insisted, but when the bought product is just as good and saves you time, I feel it is a worthwhile little shortcut.
I love almonds and adding them to this strudel, along with the cinnamon, makes for a very tasty combination. This delicious strudel is perfect for afternoon tea on a Sunday.
roughly 8 medium sized apples (mixed varieties are best)
1 roll of puff pastry
3 Tbs butter
3quarters of a cup of water
3 Tbs brown sugar
4 Tbs cinnamon
1 vanilla pod or 5ml vanilla essence
40g slivered almonds
1 egg, beaten
To drizzle over the top:
80g icing sugar
a half a tsp warm water
5ml almond essence
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Place a sheet of baking paper on a large baking tray.
- Core, peel and slice apples into wedges.
- Sauté the apples in the butter for a minute or two, then add the sugar, water and vanilla pod/essence and continue to cook until soft.
- Roll out the pastry onto the baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to cute two long, thin strips of pastry off the end. (They should be about 1cm in width and the full length of the sheet of pastry)
- Add the apple mixture (minus the vanilla pod) down the center of your pastry.
- Carefully pull up the sides of the pastry, allowing some space for the apple to peek through in the middle. Neatly tuck in each end of the pastry, as if you are wrapping a present. (What you do here is really up to you, just make it look pretty.)
- Now take your long strips and neatly cross pieces intermittently over the strudel shape. (You will need to cut the strips to fit as you go)
- Use the egg wash to help seal the strips down and to paint the whole strudel.
- Place it it in the oven for 15 minutes. Then drizzle the slivered almonds over the strudel and bake for another 5 minutes or so until the pastry is golden.
- While your strudel cooks, make up the icing sugar mixture by simple mixing the ingredients together. (If it is too runny, add extra icing sugar)
- Once your strudel is cooked, remove it from the oven and drizzle with the icing sugar.
- Slice while still warm and serve with organic cream or vanilla ice-cream.