Busy times call for easy desserts that have a sweet simplicity, like these flaky apple-cinnamon pastries. For our streamlined strudel, we folded convenient store-bought puff pastry around a four-ingredient filling of sauteed fruit.

Everyday Food, September 2008


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Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 10 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. On a lightly floured work surface, unfold pastry; roll out to a 12-by-14-inch rectangle. Place on sheet; refrigerate.

  • In a large skillet, melt butter over medium; reserve 1 tablespoon in a small bowl. To skillet, add apples, 1/2 cup sugar, and cinnamon. Increase heat to medium-high; cook, tossing occasionally, until apples are tender and liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. Spread filling on a second rimmed baking sheet; let cool completely.

  • With one short side of dough facing you, mound filling horizontally in a strip across the center, leaving a 1-inch border on both long sides. Fold top part, then bottom part of dough over filling. Turn pastry over, seam side down.

  • Brush pastry with reserved melted butter; sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar. Using a paring knife, cut steam vents in center of pastry. Bake until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.


Reviews (3)

222 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 51
  • 3 star values: 96
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 11
Rating: Unrated
Okay, it was a strudel with 1 layer I admit, and it was wonderful. I soaked 1/4 C raisins in cinnamon
Rating: Unrated
I'm using the instructions from the December 2000 Apple Strudel recipe for home made pastry, to produce a pastry with more than one layer, which is all this recipe has. Thats not strudel, thats just a pastry! Also adding 2T cognac from another recipe, to add interest. I'll let you know how it turns out!
Rating: Unrated
This recipe is easy and quick to make. Diabetics can substitute Splenda /sugar mix if needed. It still tastes great. Good for fast company dessert , and refrigerates well, if any is ever left over. One of my family favorites!