Apple Strudel

This past weekend we had a dinner party at our house. Of course that meant a fantastic dessert to end the meal. Well, actually I made 3 desserts, but who’s counting? This apple strudel is super easy and makes the house smell delicious and very holiday-ish. If you’ve never used filo dough before, don’t fear it. Yes, it breaks easily, but so what! No one will ever know. Make sure to work with the filo after it has thawed and work quickly, to prevent drying out.

                                                              

  • 4 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries (dried cherries would be a nice twist)
  • 3 tbs. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • butter-flavored cooking spray (use canola or olive oil if that’s all you have)
  • 8 sheets filo dough
  1. Soak raisins in 3 tbs. orange juice for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apples, raisins, cinnamon, flour, and a dash of kosher or sea salt. Toss well and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  4. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  5. Place 2 sheets filo onto baking sheet and lightly coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tbs. sugar on filo. Add 2 more sheets filo, and again spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with sugar. Add 2 more sheets filo, spray and sugar. Add final 2 sheets of filo.
  6. Spoon apple mixture along 1 long edge of filo, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold over short edges of filo to cover 2 inches of apple mixture on each end.
  7. Starting at long edge with 2 inch border, roll up jelly-roll fashion. Do not roll tightly or strudel may split. Place strudel seam side down. Spray with cooking spray and dust with 1 tbs. sugar on top.
  8. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden on top. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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