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easy apple strudel with raisins and walnuts
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Easy Apple Strudel

An easy homemade apple strudel (German Apfelstrudel) that is simply perfect for fall and winter but can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It's flavorful, flaky, buttery, juicy, crispy, and very delicious! This holiday recipe is vegan, can be made refined sugar-free, and contains only 10 ingredients in total!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine Austrian, Czech, German
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Kitchen scale

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of vegan frozen puff pastry thawed (gluten-free if needed)
  • 4 medium (500 g) diced apples peeled and cored
  • A squeeze lemon juice
  • 1/2 scant cup (50 g) walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup (50 g) raisins (*see notes)
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar + more for sprinkling on top (*see recipe notes)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • One heaped tbsp cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • Pinch of cardamom

Instructions

  • Check the video below for easy visual instructions.
  • Place the puff pastry on a baking sheet. My puff pastry was actually wrapped in parchment paper, therefore, I didn't need to line the baking sheet with extra parchment paper. However, if yours isn't, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Add all filling ingredients to a bowl and stir with a spoon.
  • Pile the filling on the puff pastry, forming a long rectangle (see pictures above in the blog post).
  • Fold the top and bottom ends of the puff pastry over the filling.
  • Now carefully wrap the sides of the puff pastry over the filling, pinching at the seams to form a seal. It's totally ok if there are some small cracks, just leave it like that, it will form an interesting pattern when baked.
  • You can brush the puff pastry with some melted vegan butter (optional, I didn't do it) and sprinkle more sugar on top.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
  • Let cool to room temperature and dust with icing sugar (you can use powdered Erythritol for a refined sugar-free version).
  • Slice and serve with vegan ice cream or whipped coconut cream. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I recommend using a kitchen scale for this recipe.
  • You can use powdered Erythritol (or Xylitol*) for a refined sugar-free version. *Desserts with Xylitol should be never given to dogs.
  • Chopped dates or dried fruit of choice (e.g. figs, apricots, etc.) can be used instead of raisins.
  • Any chopped nuts or seeds can be used in this recipe.
  • You might also enjoy this Vegan Caramel Apple Cheesecake.
  • Nutrition facts are for 1 of 6 servings (1/6 of the recipe).
Nutrition Facts
Easy Apple Strudel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 28.1g9%
Fiber 2.7g11%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 2.3g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.