Monday, September 13, 2010
My little apple strudel...
Peel, core and cut a bunch of apples into chunks, put them into a big bowl with some lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, a dash of salt, a couple of teaspoons of flour, a few splashes of oj and a couple big spoons of applesauce. Mix it all up and set it aside to get all juicy (while you make your phyllo dough.)
This phyllo dough is an ancient family recipe...
Go to the supermarket, stand in front of the frozen food section and pick the already made phyllo dough in the box with the prettiest picture on the front...(I swear, it works every time.)
Melt a lot of butter, use a pastry brush to butter the bottom of a cookie sheet, then start layering the phyllo dough (I use 2 sheets at a time) and butter... 2 sheets of phyllo, brush with butter, 2 more sheet of phyllo, more brushing with butter...until you use at least 1/2 of the dough.
Spoon the apple mixture down the middle of the dough (keep it about 2" from the ends.) Fold the ends up and then fold the sides up over the apples (don't worry if they don't meet, that's fine.) Brush the outside with more... butter!
Bake at 375-400 F until the apples are tender (60-90 minutes.) Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or some whipped cream, or maybe some vanilla ice cream (while the strudel is still warm...)