June Meyer's Authentic Hungarian Apple Strudel (Almasretes)

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Title: June Meyer's Authentic Hungarian Apple Strudel (Almasretes)
Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: Fruits, Pastry, Hungary


1 Package of Filo dough
1 1/2 Sticks of butter, melted
2 lb Apples, peeled,
-cored, and sliced thin
1 ts Cinnamon
1 c Sugar
1 c Toasted breadcrumbs
1 lg Clean kitchen towel
-(used to roll strudel)

Special occasions meant Apple Strudel time. As Christmas and Thanksgiving
fall in winter when apples were at their best, Apple Strudel was then
always served. When my Grandma made strudel, she would have all hands
available helping. The dining room table would be covered with a white
cloth on which the strudel dough would be pulled thin until you could read
a newspaper through it. The women would walk around the table stretching
the dough by lifting it with their round knuckles to avoid tears. When all
the apple slices and ingredients were spread out on the tissue dough, the
eldest would supervise the rolling up of the strudel by pulling up on the
cloth to create a big roll of strudel. When the rolling was done, the roll
would be cut into 6 or 8 sections, the ends tucked under and all placed
into the oven to bake. When the strudel was done, we children would fight
to get the thick juice that cooked out onto the pan. It was like candy,
apple, cinnamon, and butter flavor all mixed together. Today we can get
apples all year round and purchased Filo dough saves a lot of back breaking

Here is a simple way of making good Hungarian strudel. Buy FILO dough. You
will be able to find it where the frozen pastry shells are. It is as good
as homemade but much less work. Follow directions for strudel, using melted
butter to brush on filo tissue.

Regards, June Meyer.

Mix apples with crumbs (crumbs help to keep juice in strudel instead of
flooding pan). Mix suger and cinnamon in a dish. Lay out clean towel and
put sheets of buttered Filo dough on top. Place apples on prepared filo
layers that have been brushed with butter. Start spreading apples about 3
inches from the edge closest to you (you need a clean area so you can get
it in the pan. Completly cover the rest of the filo dough with apples.
Sprinkle cinnimon and sugar mix over the apples. Now take the edge of the
towel near you and slowly start to make a big roll by pulling up and
towards you. This is not as hard as it sounds. As you are rolling it you
can roll it right into a greased pan. Then tuck the ends of the strudel
underneath itself. Brush top with more butter and bake at 350 degrees for
about 1 hour. Brush every 20 min. with butter. Strudel is done when it
looks like it has collapsed. Cool and cut into slices and dust with powderd

You can vary the filling by adding chopped walnuts, or raisins. If you add
raisins you must first soften them in hot water and then dry them before
using. I prefer using just apples.

When you lay out the filo sheets you will want to have at least 4 or 6
layers buttered one on top of the other. You will have enough sheets to
make several strudels so buy at least 4 or 5 lbs of apples. It is not
really a lot of work and you will have a wonderful dessert. WALT
Posted to EAT-L Digest 25 November 96

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 1996 22:50:04 -0500

From: Walt Gray