Vegan Apple Strudel! It’s the May Daring Bakers Challenge!

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This was a very fun challenge to make. I must admit I was a hair daunted when I printed out the three pages of instructions, but once I saw that everything was broken down I knew it would be ok, plus I had help :

GuppykneadingGuppy kneading the dough.

I was prepared for a real struggle with the dough, but was amazed by how easily the dough rolled out to paper-thinness. It was a real pleasure to work with. There was a little tearing and a few holes did develop, but they were hidden once the strudel was rolled up.

Vegan Apple StrudleRolling was the best part!

We had a great time rolling the strudel up – Guppy was a giggle machine and kept trying to sneak apple slices.

Vegan Apple Strudel

Just out of the oven…

Strudel Cross-section

Look at those delicious apples!

Here’s the fine print before I forget :

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

I must say I was a bit disappointed with the final product. As I was preparing the bread crumbs I found myself thinking that there were an awful lot of them…but not being a terribly experienced pastry chef I didn’t listen to my instincts (which told me to half them) and followed the recipe. The strudel’s crust was light and flaky and just what I’d hoped, but the apple filling was really quite dry. I think that the breadcrumbs soaked up all the goodness…that’s just my theory. It was edible, but not as fantastic as I’d hoped. My big lesson learned this month : follow your intuition and you’ll have nothing to regret!

Thanks so much to our hostesses this month for choosing this recipe! I’d never made anything like it before, and it was fun, educational and delicious! And don’t forget to check out the other Daring Bakers, too!

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45 thoughts on “Vegan Apple Strudel! It’s the May Daring Bakers Challenge!

  1. Nothing quite like a little help to make it fun. I’m sure she enjoyed it.
    Never having eaten a strudel before I guess I was a bit disappointed too. It was nice, but I like apple pie better. :)

  2. How do you find the time to do all this! WIP, Daring Bakers plus work and I believe so many more things as well! Wow! I’ve never made strudel before, yours looks yummy! Apples are my favourite fruit to bake with…so I’m gonna try a strudel soon!

  3. Yum! nice job, I’ll be posting mine later on, I don’t know where this month has gone I was going to have another go at it cause I wasn’t 100% happy with mine but the time disappeared before my eyes! You have a very cute kitchen helper!

  4. I agree with you, Shelly, breadcrumbs are too much.
    I did it yesterday, I will post it in the afternoon.
    I doubled the dough and made a savory one too, put some breadcrumbs in it as well and still I had some left!
    Anyway, the dough is easy and fun to stretch, I liked it.
    Guppy is adorable! A huge kiss to her!

  5. Aww..Guppy is so cute, and your strudel looks gorgeous, but I knew it would. Dry or not, I’d eat the whole thing in a nano-second! Beautiful job as always, shelly!

  6. It may have been a bit dry, but it still looks perfectly edible to me! I bet you’re already looking forward to making it again, this time following the little voice that knows how to make it even better!

  7. Ooh, that looks lovely! Good job! I’m planning on making the strudel but haven’t had time to get around to it. I’m really looking forward to completing June’s Daring Cooks challenge!!

  8. your strudel is just too pretty, Shelly! hooray for some help from Guppy (the apple slice thief! tee hee!) – and nice job on not getting too intimidated by the gigantically long recipe! i must admit i probably would have freaked out a bit – ahahahhhaa! sorry the filling was a little disappointing – and i will fo ‘sho take your advice and follow my intuition (sometimes i just kinda brush it off when i’m making something from a recipe, too – i need not to do that!)! w00t!

  9. Very yummy, Shelly! Maybe Guppy managed to sneak out too many apple slices and that’s why it was a bit dry..;-) But, yes, I would go with my instinct as well. Especially because sometimes books contain mistakes or misprints…Anyway you two had a great time and that’s the stuff childhood memories (and your own memories of your child’s childhood) are made of. So vive le strudel!

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