The leaves are starting to change colors and buses loaded with tourists drive up to see the mountains and the lake in its glorious state filled with colors and natural beauty. One of the great things about living in New Hampshire in the fall is that you get to go apple picking. The first time, when my then fiancée, took me apple picking I found it quite boring and didn’t find it intriguing at all. Why are all these people coming to an apple orchard to pick apples and enjoy it while doing so? I wondered.
I could imagine myself going on a more fun filled date than this. Fast forward a few years and it has now become a part of our family tradition. So much so that when my sister came to visit here I took her apple picking forgetting about how seemingly boring it was to me at first, and she certainly wasn’t impressed with it either. But, I must say I really do enjoy it now, whether it is because it has become a tradition or being in the fresh air and the idea of baking with apples you have hand picked yourself. All in all, it is thrilling and exciting. Let’s now talk about one of my favourite apple recipes. Anyone ever been to Austria , Germany or Switzerland? if so, then you have most likely tried or seen the famous “apfelstrudel”. When I was little my parents took me and my siblings on vacation to the Swiss Alps each year to go skiing for Christmas and yes, that is where I had my first apple strudel. It has a different texture than an apple pie and is not a pie, neither a cookie, but something in between. It is a nice snack and for you health lovers, it is decently healthy as well compared with other snacks in this category. If you didn’t know yet……. YES, my husband has a dislike for anything chocolate and will not even get excited for a nice bar of swiss chocolate……For real, how can someone not like chocolate….? However, he LOVES apples anything that is baked with apples will make him pretty happy…
Apfel strudel dough
- 1 cups of bread flour
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 tablespoons water (adjust to texture dough.)
- pinch of salt
1 stick Butter to brush the dough with
- Approximately 5 Apples ( I used granny smith)
- Three tbsp. sugar (I used organic brown sugar)
- Lemon Zest
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/3 cup Raisins
- 5 Walnuts crushed.
Ice cream or and vanilla cream Confectioner sugar
Combine the water, salt and oil and stir, pour into a mixing bowl and add the egg and half of the flour. Pulse a few times and add the rest of the flour and pulse one or two more times take out the dough and continue to knead the dough until it doesn’t stick to your hands any longer. You want to make sure that the though is not too dry and will be able to stretch very well meaning that the gluten has started to do its work. Once the dough has the desirable texture make it into a smooth ball and brush it with oil and wrap it in plastic leaving it in the fridge overnight or for a couple of hours before using it.
Take dough out of fridge and roll it out on a surface sprinkled with flour. After you have rolled out the dough you want to hold it with your hands and stretch out further like you are stretching out pizza, though. Put it back on a surface with a table cloth underneath the dough. Put your hand underneath the dough at the spots that are still dark thick and stretch it out further until the dough is so thin that it becomes see through. Make sure the dough has a rectangle shape. Cut of the edges of the dough which are often thicker than the rest of the dough. Now brush the dough with melted butter and put the bread crumbs and apple mixture on a straight line approximately on 1/5 of the dough.
Now use the tablecloth to roll the apple mixture over the dough three or four times. Finish the dough with another butter brush and put in the oven. Preheat the oven on F400. And let it bake for 15-20 min until the apfelstrudel is golden brown. Now take out of the oven and sprinkle it with confectioner sugar and some vanilla cream or ice cream and VOILA, Enjoy!