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 :
Guppy 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.
Rolling 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.
Just out of the oven…
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!
Way to go Guppy! I think you had trouble because the breadcrumbs should mostly be sandwiched between layers of dough. All the apples were supposed to go in a 6 inch wide band at one end. It looks darn tasty anyway though!
Looks great! I was wondering about the bread crumbs too. I sat this month out.
another lesson: make extra dough0 and have some extra apples on hand to makes one your way incase the recipe way doesn’t work for you. 🙂
and it looks good. i like that i wasn’t the only one that didn’t peel the apples
That looks delicious and Guppy has the most gorgeous hair!
The strudel looks delicious. It’s great to work with kids. My son had fun helping me too.
I must also say that the little doll you made for your niece is adorable!
What a cutie little helper! It looks like your strudel turned out very nice. It’s just bursting with apples!
It looks wonderful. The breadcrumbs probably prevented it from exploding all over the place too. Love your helper!
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Awww..Guppy is real cute! Look at those apples! Loved it! Great job! 🙂
Gorgeous! I love your intrepid helper.
sorry it wasn’t up to scratch but it looks awesome. especially the pastry – i HATE rolling out pastry, it’s one of the few kitchen jobs i cannot stand doing, so dunno if i would have the patience for this.
c’est super d’avoir eu de l’aide 🙂
ton strudel était peut être sec mais il n’a pas éclaté à la cuisson à cause de trop de jus !
Néanmoins, c’est très appétissant 🙂
Very well done! Your strudel looks delicious! What a cute little helper ;-P!
Great that Guppy helps so much and you are right I thought exactly the same way too much breadcrumbs but I only put on a light coating. About the dryness maybe the apples won’t juicy enough I always had more than enough moisture, Try adding a few berries they give off a lot of juice and cutting the apple more finely will help give off my moisture. And thanks for the fab comments you left on my blog since you are such a great baker yoursself. Cheers from Audax