Old Country Recipes

Štrudla od Jabuka (Apple Strudel)

Last week I uploaded a post on how to make traditional Croatian cheese strudel. And since cheese strudel is savory as opposed to sweet (as is potato), I decided to show you a sweeter variation made with apples. This is equally common, but is served as a dessert as opposed to a meal. Keep in mind, however, that despite the fact that it’s served as a dessert, it’s significantly less sweeter than the North American version of “apple strudel”.

Follow the same steps for the making of the dough (click here for recipe). After you have drizzled the stretched dough with melted butter, follow these steps:

Ingredients:

8-9 Granny Smith apples

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup sugar

1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a baking sheet with vegetable oil.

2. Peel, grate, and drain the apples. Spread them relatively evenly lengthwise along the dough. (This differs from how you put the cheese in cheese strudel. Rather than sprinkling it throughout the full horizontal half of the dough, you’re only going to put the apples within about a 3″ line rather densely). It’s important not to prepare the apples until the dough is stretched and ready to go because they brown very quickly.

3. Over the apples, sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon, followed by the walnuts.

Using the same technique as the cheese strudel, roll the dough and place it into the tray. Brush it with oil and bake for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, until it reaches the crunchiness you’d like it to be. Before serving, slice it and sprinkle the top with icing sugar.

Dobar Tek!

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