Due to the fact that my due date has come and gone and I’m still pregnant I’m really bored these days. Because I’m worried that I’ll be delivering any second I don’t leave the house that much other than to do basic errands and while I love my own company hanging out with yourself does get old. So tonight I decided to go on a bake-a-thon. First on my list was this apple strudel. I had a leftover sheet of puff pastry and 2 apples and I came up with this super easy recipe. You do not have to be a baker to pull this one off. In all honesty I’m more a cook than a baker so I always look for easy ways to bake things. I don’t really like bakery strudel or turnovers but this exceeded my expectations. Make sure you serve it warm and btw it’s pareve so it makes a great dessert for either meat or dairy meals. I’m not giving exact measurements because I generally don’t use those unless I’m really baking (ie: cookies, cakes, doughs etc) but I will include approximations.
1 sheet thawed puff pastry
2 red delicious apples sliced into small chunks
handful of golden raisins
2 shakes of cinnamon or about 1/2 tsp.
1 tsp sugar
about a 1/4 cup orange juice
2 or 3 tsps flour
1 egg mixed with water and a little sugar for egg wash
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Roll out your puff pastry to a rectangle and get the dough nice and thin. Put on a cookie sheet sprayed with non stick cooking spray.
In a medium bowl combine apples, raisins, cinnamon, sugar, OJ, and flour. Put the mixture on the bottom half of the dough till the middle and spread to an even layer leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches on the bottom and at least half the top filling free. place the bottom edge over the apples, then fold the top layer in. Fold the ends down and turn over with the ends now tucked under. You’ll have a large lumpy rectangle. Using your hand lightly pat down the apples so it becomes smoother and fold your rectangle in half lengthwise to so you now have a thinner, longer, rectangle.
Brush the top with egg wash and bake till golden brown around 20-30 minutes.
Serve warm and if you’re having a dairy meal to make it really decadent serve with fresh whipped cream or creme fraiche. This would be a great and easy thanksgiving dessert as well.
Also feel free to add nuts, or use regular raisins or really any apple you like. I substitute ingredients all the time