Apple Strudel

Nobody will be able to resist a slice of Rick Stein's Apple Strudel served with cream, ice cream or custard. This recipe from Long Weekends is light on breadcrumbs and heavy on apples, making this version Apfelstrudel light, tart and tasty.

Introduction

My recipe is light on breadcrumbs and heavy on apple. I find a lot of strudels can be stodgy. A small amount of breadcrumb in the filling is essential but so is a lightness and tartness, which could otherwise be lost. You can serve this with custard, or with Chantilly cream, which is cream whipped with caster sugar. Mind you, after many a skiing holiday I am rather a fan of cream foam from an aerosol tin, which Florence, the daughter of Portia Spooner, my assistant, refers to as squirty cream.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

750g Bramley apples, peeled, cored, quartered and sliced
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 lemon, zest
2 tsp lemon juice
100g golden caster sugar
75g raisins
95g butter
40g dried white breadcrumbs
6 large sheets filo pastry
1 tbsp icing sugar, for dusting
Cream, ice cream or custard, to serve

Instructions

Mix the apples with the cinnamon, lemon zest and juice,
caster sugar and raisins. In a small frying pan, melt 20g of
the butter and fry the breadcrumbs until golden, then add
to the apple mixture.

Heat the oven to 190°C/gas 5. Line a baking sheet with
baking parchment.

Melt the rest of the butter (75g) in a pan. Place a clean tea
towel on the worktop with the long edge towards you. Place
a sheet of the filo on top, and brush with some of the melted
butter. Lay another sheet on top, and repeat until you have
used all the filo. Now pile the filling on the filo, leaving about
3cm clear all round. Tuck the ends in, then, using the tea
towel to help, roll the pastry away from you to enclose all the
filling. Transfer the roll seam-side down to the lined baking
sheet and brush with the rest of the melted butter. Bake for
40 to 45 minutes until golden.

Allow to cool to room temperature and dust with icing
sugar. Slice and serve with cream, ice cream or custard.

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