Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Daring Bakers May 2009 Challenge Apple Strudel

For the first time ever I am making the recipe on the day the challenge is due. So it is going to be an interesting day. This months challenge is Apple Strudel. So as I made this today everything went well except for when I went to roll the strudel. I totally messed up and rolled it from the wrong end. So I have the ugliest strudel with very little layers. But next time I will get it right and pay more attention to the directions.

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.

Preparation time

Total: 2 hours 15 minutes – 3 hours 30 minutes

15-20 min to make dough
30-90 min to let dough rest/to prepare the filling
20-30 min to roll out and stretch dough
10 min to fill and roll dough
30 min to bake
30 min to cool

Strudel dough
from “Kaffeehaus – Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague” by Rick Rodgers

1 1/3 cups (200 g) unbleached flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons (105 ml) water, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons (30 ml) vegetable oil, plus additional for coating the dough
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar

1. Combine the flour and salt in a stand-mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix the water, oil and vinegar in a measuring cup. Add the water/oil mixture to the flour with the mixer on low speed. You will get a soft dough. Make sure it is not too dry, add a little more water if necessary.
Take the dough out of the mixer.

Change to the dough hook. Put the dough ball back in the mixer. Let the dough knead on medium until you get a soft dough ball with a somewhat rough surface.

2. Take the dough out of the mixer and continue kneading by hand on an unfloured work surface. Knead for about 2 minutes. Pick up the dough and throw it down hard onto your working surface occasionally.

Shape the dough into a ball and transfer it to a plate. Oil the top of the dough ball lightly. Cover the ball tightly with plastic wrap. Allow to stand for 30-90 minutes (longer is better).

Making the dough is so easy it took no time at all in my mixer and I am thrilled that so far this has been a piece of cake. Hopefully the rest of the recipe will go this smooth!

3. It would be best if you have a work area that you can walk around on all sides like a 36 inch (90 cm) round table or a work surface of 23 x 38 inches (60 x 100 cm). Cover your working area with table cloth, dust it with flour and rub it into the fabric. Put your dough ball in the middle and roll it out as much as you can.

Pick the dough up by holding it by an edge. This way the weight of the dough and gravity can help stretching it as it hangs. Using the back of your hands to gently stretch and pull the dough. You can use your forearms to support it.

4. The dough will become too large to hold. Put it on your work surface. Leave the thicker edge of the dough to hang over the edge of the table. Place your hands underneath the dough and stretch and pull the dough thinner using the backs of your hands. Stretch and pull the dough until it's about 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 3 feet (90 cm) long, it will be tissue-thin by this time. Cut away the thick dough around the edges with scissors. The dough is now ready to be filled.

Apple strudel

from “Kaffeehaus – Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague” by Rick Rodgers

2 tablespoons (30 ml) golden rum
3 tablespoons (45 ml) raisins
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon (80 g) sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick / 115 g) unsalted butter, melted, divided
1 1/2 cups (350 ml) fresh bread crumbs
strudel dough (recipe below)
1/2 cup (120 ml, about 60 g) coarsely chopped walnuts
2 pounds (900 g) tart cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into ¼ inch-thick slices (use apples that hold their shape during baking)

1. Mix the rum and raisins in a bowl. Mix the cinnamon and sugar in another bowl.

2. Heat 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the breadcrumbs and cook whilst stirring until golden and toasted. This will take about 3 minutes. Let it cool completely.

3. Put the rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a large baking sheet with baking paper (parchment paper). Make the strudel dough as described below. Spread about 3 tablespoons of the remaining melted butter over the dough using your hands (a bristle brush could tear the dough, you could use a special feather pastry brush instead of your hands). Sprinkle the buttered dough with the bread crumbs. Spread the walnuts about 3 inches (8 cm) from the short edge of the dough in a 6-inch-(15cm)-wide strip. Mix the apples with the raisins (including the rum), and the cinnamon sugar. Spread the mixture over the walnuts.

4. Fold the short end of the dough onto the filling. Lift the tablecloth at the short end of the dough so that the strudel rolls onto itself. Transfer the strudel to the prepared baking sheet by lifting it. Curve it into a horseshoe to fit. Tuck the ends under the strudel. Brush the top with the remaining melted butter.(I missed the horse shoe part)

I need to read the instructions better when I bake since obviously its not supposed to look like this.

5. Bake the strudel for about 30 minutes or until it is deep golden brown. Cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Use a serrated knife and serve either warm or at room temperature. It is best on the day it is baked.

Final Notes- I totally screwed up the strudel. I don't know what I was thinking but I rolled it with the filling the wrong way so it came out with little to no no layers. I think if I had made it correctly I would have liked it better. I guess I cant win them all. But it still tasted good and next time when I get the layers right it will be even better.

Craig's Corner

" Strudelicious! 1 and 1/2 thumbs up!"


Anonymous said...

Ruth, where's Craig's corner?? LOL I'm so used to seeing it! That said, your strudel and photos turned out awesome. The dough messed with me and would NOT cooperate, but hey, it tasted good :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I'm impressed that you made it on the last day & took pictures at every stage too. Well done...& am glad it tasted great.

Tina said...

Way to perform well under pressure!
Great quick finish to this month's DB Challenge.

Elra said...

Hi Ruth, just want to let you know how delicious your strudel look like. Wel done on this month challenge.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very well done! Your strudel looks delicious!



Jenny said...

It is a good thing it was easy to make, so you could make and blog in the same day.
Great that you could get it to roll out to such a neat rectangle. Mine was nothing even close to resembling a rectangle.

Zita said...

With all the hard work... I'd give you 2 thumbs up, the strudle looks super delish :)

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Strudelicious!!! I'm sure your fat strudel tasted as good!

Barbara Bakes said...

Definitely try it again. I was so much happier then second time around. I'm thinking of making it a third. Yours does look tasty though!

BC said...

The strudel looks delicious to me. You're a trooper for making it on the same day.

Grace said...

just 1.5 thumbs, eh? so it doesn't look like a typical strudel, i'm still wildly appetized by it. i think your filling is fantastic!

Hannah said...

Great work on this challenge, your strudel looks great!

Claire said...

Ha...that is a fat strudel if I do say so. It still looks great and I'm sure tasted great!

silverrock said...

Hahaha... 1 1/2 thumbs, that's hilarious... the thumbs-up picture made my day. Don't worry about the rolling difficulties :P your strudel looks delicious and as long as it tastes delicious there's nothing to worry about :) Way to go!

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