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!
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Oh, it looks just awesome. Your dough came out really nice!
It was a funny thing stretching that dough wasn’t it? It seemed a little odd somehow. I was a little meh about the taste of the dough and the bread crumbs did not appeal to me at all so I made brown butter shortbread from Tartine instead and put that in, it didn’t soak much of anything up but it tasted good, so that’s a good trade-off right?
I just realized that I tweeted that I hoped Guppy was feeling better and wrote he! but of course meant she.
What an adorable helper – how lucky!! I too was pleasantly surprised at being able to stretch the dough paper thin…gorgeous job!!
The strudel sure does look perfect–sorry about the dry inside! But Guppy seemed to have fun helping,anyway!
Looks lovely =D. It’s nice to have a recipe you don’t have to greatly alter once in awhile.
Beautiful strudel and lovely kid! Congratulations on finishing another challenge so beautifully!
Your guppy is adorable! Intuition is good too, but it still looks like you got something quite lovely.
You did a fabulous job on your strudel. Your daughter looks like she’s having so much fun!
Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go
Adorable little helper! Your strudel turned out fantastic!
who can blame her for stealing apple slices?
that looks delish, what a great challenge.
The shortest sous chefs are the best, right? How adorable is she! The strudel looks good, too. 🙂
(If you’ll take a crafty suggestion, I bet she’d be even cuter, if possible, in a chef’s hat and apron.)
Great work shellyfish! UR HELPER IS ADORAAAAAAAABLE!! 🙂
What a sweet little helper! Nice apple layers and great job on your strudel. I used less breadcrumbs and more apples in mine, which turned out to a good substitution.