Apple strudel







Cook Time

45-50 Min


  • 100g/4oz dried breadcrumbs
  • 900g/2lb cooking apples
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 225g/8oz cranberries
  • 225g/8oz seedless raisins
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 225g/8oz chopped walnuts
  • 175g/6oz soft brown sugar
  • 450g/1lb filo pastry sheets
  • 175g/6oz butter
  • Heat a dry frying pan over a medium heat. Pour in the breadcrumbs. Stirring all the time, lightly toast the crumbs for 1–2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • Peel, core and dice the apples, put them in a large bowl and toss in the lemon juice to prevent browning. Add the cranberries, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts and sugar. Mix well together.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4.
  • Spread a moist tea towel on a clean work surface, and put the sheets of pastry on it. Remove a single sheet of pastry, and place on a secon  moist tea towel. Quickly cover the remaining pastry with a third moist tea towel.
  • Melt some of the butter in a pan, and brush over the single pastry sheet. Sprinkle with some of the breadcrumbs. Uncover the pastry sheets, lift off a second sheet of pastry and place this on top of the first. Cover the remaining sheets as before.
  • Brush the second sheet of pastry with melted butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Repeat this procedure with another 2 pastry sheets. Spread half of the apple and walnut filling on the fourth sheet, leaving a border around the edge. Using the tea towel underneath, slowly and carefully roll the sheets of pastry away from you to form a log, tucking the edges of the pastry inwards as you go.
  • Repeat the entire procedure until you have 2 pastry logs, keeping the first one moist under a tea towel while making the second.
  • Lightly grease a baking tray, and carefully slide the strudel logs onto it. Brush the tops of both logs with the remaining butter, and bake in the oven for 30–40 minutes until brown and crisp. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
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