Thursday, April 10, 2008

La cucina di Nicola: Apple Strudel

"La Cucina di Nicola" is back! Continuing with the German theme, we bring you our version of apple strudel. We ate the delicious treat every DAY at every MEAL, this makes us "experts" in the field, doesn't it? I am going to tell you up front that we did not make the dough.
I know, I know, what kind of recipe is this? Well is an EASY recipe, that's it! I am cooking with a ten year old that has just received a game he has been anxiously waiting for: the all incredible "Super Mario Brawl" (?) You have no clue what I am talking about, do you? Suffice to say that Nicolas' attention span for cooking this week is nil.
What is a mother to do? This mom had everything ready, so Nico only had to mix the ingredients, spread them on the purchased dough and roll the strudel. Presto! We are both happy.
I think the most complicated part about this recipe is my introduction to it. So, here it is:


phyllo dough (pasta sfoglia in Italy, available in the frozen section of the grocery store)*
55 gr. (1/4 Cup) butter, melted
50 gr. (1/4 Cup) brown sugar
15 gr. (1 Tbs.) ground cinnamon
50 gr. (3 Tbs.) bread crumbs
40 gr. (3 Tbs.) golden raisins, re-hydrated
2 medium apples, peeled, cored and diced
confectioner's sugar for dusting

*You need to defrost the dough at least an hour before starting the recipe

Pre-heat oven to 175 C (350 F)
On a heavy skillet melt half the butter, fry the bread crumbs until golden brown. Set aside and let cool.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
Mix apples, raisins, sugar/cinnamon mix, and fried bread crumbs together.
Dust flour over a clean dish towel, unroll and stretch the dough over it.
Spread some of the melted butter on the dough, then spread the apple mixture all over the dough.

Strudel means vortex in German, and it refers to the rolling method used to make these pastries. Now, get ready to roll.

Pick up the dish towel from one side, and push away and down from you to lightly roll the strudel up. Close the edges and transfer to a baking sheet, leaving the seam at the bottom. Spread any remaining butter on top.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until golden. Cool slightly and sprinkle some confectioner's sugar on top.

I suggest eating it warm with some vanilla custard, or vanilla ice cream on the side. You will see it disappear into thin air!

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