Braided apple strudel with cinnamon and raisins. Simple and delicious.
Occasionally, I feel the need for something sweet, and to avoid the large amount of sugar from the sweets at the supermarket or from the corner bakery, I prefer to make myself at home different sweets and desserts, being very careful the ingredients.
Apple studel reminds me of my childhood and adolescence, because I used to eat this kind of strudel quite often. I remember that I used to take some at school or in high school. Unfortunately, it was not always homemade, but bought from the supermarket, which you know, they might not be very fresh and probably full of all sorts of fake ingredients and flavors, which help them keep longer.
I have not eaten much such a strudel, so I thought it might be the case that I satisfy my cravings. The filling of such strudel may vary. It can be fill with fruit (pears, peaches, plums), vegetables (spinach, mushrooms) or even meat (chicken livers). Today I chose apples. You can do several portions and keep them in the refrigerator. I admit that it had a better taste the next day, after staying overnight in the refrigerator.
For this recipe I chose a pastry bought from the supermarket, but I encourage you using a pastry dough homemade, if you know how to make it.
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Let’s see the recipe!
1 package puff pastry
1 handful of raisins
½ lemon juice
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 egg yolk
Peel the apple, cut them in half and remove the core (with a teaspoon is easier). Cut the apples halves into thin slices (like in the picture below). Put them in a bowl, add two tablespoond of sugar and cinnamon, a handful of raisins, juice of half of lemon and mix all with a spoon.
Put the puff pastry into a tray lined with baking paper, then cut each side of the pastry puff into strips, about the thickness of a finger, leaving a fairly large space in the middle of the pastry. Put the sliced apple mixture in the middle of puff pastry and fold each strips into the center (as in a braid).
Once you have braided the pastry, brush it with egg yolk and sprinkle some sugar on top. Leave it in the preheated oven at 180°C for 30-35 minutes (time depends on the power of each oven).
Let cool about 15-20 minutes, then you can cut the braided apple strudel and eat it.
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