Quickie Apple Strudel

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

2014-10-26 - Apple Struedel - 0001 [flickr]

2014-10-26 - Apple Struedel - 0004 [flickr]

You guys, I was so worried that this apple strudel (recipe courtesy of Elepahntastic Vegan) would be a disaster! I used an old odd-sheet of puff pastry that’s been bouncing around my freezer for ages; the expiration date was a year and a half past, so I’m not exaggerating when I say that it must be a few years old at least. I know, I’m so bad!

Anyway, after I defrosted the dough I had trouble prying it apart. After much nudging and hand-wringing, I cut it half to expedite the process; that gave me two wildly misshapen and differently-sized pieces. One of them – the one closest to the opening of the package, I think – was a bit dried out, while the other was super-wet and moist. I slapped some margarine on the dry one, slathered apple pieces coated in cinnamon sugar on top of it, and then covered it up with the moist piece, which was by then the larger of the two. A little crimping and 25 minutes at 375F later, and I had an apple strudel that was as tasty as it was ugly. Yay!

I dusted it with a but of powdered sugar and enjoyed half for lunch and half later that night for dessert. I think it could stand to have more apples – I was afraid to push it too far, lest I have an exploding juices situation on my hands – but otherwise it was pretty good. Next time I think I’ll also do a wash of some kind for extra sweet goodness.

Not too bad for ten minutes of work! (Woulda been less, but see: “problematic dough.”)