Friday, October 4, 2013

Easy Apple -Cranberry Strudel

When your apple tree give you apples, what do you do.. make strudel of course.  Well... maybe not, but that is what i made.   I have always loved strudel but actual thought it would be hard to make. So for my first attempt, i learned that its pretty easy, just a bit time consuming.   The layers take a bit of time to make since you need butter each layer. But once that is done, the rest is quite easy.   And two slices later, trust me, it is definitely worth the time.  The buttery layers filled with the sweet favors of cinnamon apples mixed with the tartness of the cranberries were so Delicious!

6-7 Phyllo Dough sheets
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 apples (cubed and cut)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup butter (melted)
2 tablespoons white sugar(for top)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (for top)

**Special Note: Phyllo dough drys up very quickly.  Do not unfold until you are ready to start working with it.

Prep work:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Peel and chop apples and put into medium bowl (set aside)
3. Mix the 2 tablespoons white sugar with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (set aside)
4. Melt butter
5. Remove Phyllo Dough from Refrigerator. Its usually frozen to make sure you have let it completely defrost as directed on box.
6. Foil a large jelly roll pan


1. Take one sheet of the Phyllo dough, lay flat, brush the top layer with butter until the sheet is covered. Lay next sheet of Phyllo dough on top of the butter one, continue till all the 6 to 7 layers are done.

2.Add brown sugar, cranberries, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to chopped apples. toss together till all the apples are coated.

3. Add filling to the left side of the rectangle. Leave about 1 inch to the top and bottom.

4. Fold right side over on the left side, covering the filling.
5. Fold over the edges abour 1 inch up.

6. Brush butter on the top, sprinkle sugar cinnamon mixture on top.

7. Carefully place on Foiled baking sheet.
8. Bake for 30 minutes. top will be light brown color
9. Cool and cut!


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