I'm perpetuating a national stereotype here, I'm sure…
Next I'll put on a Dirndl, adopt seven children and their father and start a singing career. :P
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleighbells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things
Well, I'm vegetarian so it's not Schnitzel but garlic-roasted zucchini with noodles. But the apple strudel is there!
I'm making an apple strudel for my colleagues at work's christmas party, because I wanted to bring something typically Austrian. So to test the ingredients (Swedes have different breadcrumbs! You learn something new every day) I made a test piece yesterday, and put some in my bento!
Oh, I forgot – the napkin by the way is a way of celebrating Devil's day, December 5th, and St. Nicolaus' day, Dec. 6th. The devil takes all the naughty children away so the nice children can get candy and fruit from St. Nicolaus, who of course is noone else but good old Santa :D
Old-fashioned Viennese Apfelstrudel recipe
For one strudel, I used:
3 leaves of filo (phyllo) dough, stacked, because I'm too lazy to make my own dough.
4 medium-sized Golden Delicious apples
About 2-3 cups of white breadcrumbs
Raisins, butter, floursugar, cinnamon, chopped walnuts, lemon juice
Peel the apples and cut them into thin leaves (best with a slicer). Mix them with a dash of lemon juice to prevent browning.
Add raisins (the recipe says to soak them in rum but I'm not too fond of that).
Roast the breadcrumbs in a dry pan without fat. When they are golden brown, take them off the heat, pour in 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1/2 cup of floursugar and some vanilla powder if you have it (I didn't).
Spread the filodough on a clean towel and brush some molten butter onto it. On the lowest third of it, spread out the breadcrumbs evenly. Spread the apples and raisins on top of the breadcrumbs, then sprinkle the walnuts and another 1/4-1/2 cup of floursugar mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon on top.
Roll the dough with the help of the towel, fold in the edges.Brush molten butter on top. Place the strudel on top of a cookie sheet in an oven pan and bake for about 30 minutes (or until golden brown) at 200°Celsius (~400°F). If you let it rest for a bit it'll taste even better than fresh out of the oven! Serve warm or cold – it's very good with cream or vanilla icecream, too.
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