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German Apple Strudel Recipe
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German Apple Strudel

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"This recipe was handed down to me by my Austrian-born Grandmother and I make it all the time, so please do trust me! I am sincere!"

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Original recipe makes 2 logs Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    1 hr

    3 hrs


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, egg and water and stir vigorously until mixture forms a dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest 1 hour.
  2. Grind poppy seeds in a food processor or spice grinder, if desired. Combine poppy seeds, sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl and mix well; set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  4. Place the dough on a large work surface covered with a clean cotton sheet. Stretch the dough slightly to form a large rectangle. Pour the melted butter over the dough to moisten. Carefully stretch the dough into a large rectangle as big as your work surface will allow. The dough should be very thin and translucent.
  5. Sprinkle the poppy seed mixture evenly over the stretched dough. Distribute the apples evenly over the poppy seed mixture. Sprinkle with about one half of the cream. Roll each side of the dough carefully to the middle and fold the ends under the strudel. Cut the strudel in half and place the two halves side by side in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cream.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until pastry is golden brown, about 1 hour. Allow to cool before slicing.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 07, 2006

I also wanted a authentic German Apfel Strudel, and because I was making enough to serve about 60 people I wanted something easy! I substituted raisins for the poppy seed, but it turned out great!!!! Will definately use this recipe again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 02, 2003

I did not enjoy this at all!!!!!!! The dough was impossible to work with, and was rock hard when it came out of the oven, Not to mention that the poppyseeds where disgusting. (although I should have known better) I didn't see how it could possibly taste good. Oh well, you win some you lose some! Thanks for the recipe anyways, I guess I am just a little bitter because I made it for a dinner party and it did not go over well.


12 Ratings

Sep 25, 2004

For Oktoberfest, I wanted real apfel strudel, not something made with a box cake mix. This recipe was straightforward and easy to do. Peeling 9 small apples took awhile, but hey! I wanted authentic. I only used about 2/3 c water to make the dough. More would have been too sticky and hard to roll. Be sure to chop the apples so that they roll up evenly in the thin dough.

Sep 01, 2005

Ground poppy seeds is a popular ingredient in European recipies. Millions of people love it, so trust me, be a little open-minded and try it! Lots of delicious filling and very small amount of pastry. Sounds good to me!

Oct 25, 2008

This isnt authentic Apfel Strudel by any stretch of the imagination. It is a recipe for apple /poppy roll or even Mohn Kuchen or even apple cake but definitely not an authentic apple strudel. It looks good though.

Jul 30, 2008

This is not apple strudel this is Monkuchen. You can buy them prepackaged at the grocery store in Switzerland. They freeze well. I was an aupair there for a year. They always had it for Nueni (their nine o'clock coffee and sweets ritual).

Oct 29, 2007

Lots of time an effort yielded a miserable result. The dough was, as another reviewer said, impossible to work with and hard as a rock when cooked. The ratio of filling to dough was also way off. Skip this one.

Dec 02, 2007

This is a great dessert! Please take note, since I grew up on this stuff I know that Poppy Seed Strudel is supposed to be more like a cookie. I have never eaten strudel with a fork! I guess If I tried I would say it was hard. We would cut them into slices about three quarter inch thick and stack them on a big plate in the middle of the table and everybody would take what they wanted.


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  • Calories
  • 320 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 40.4 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 37 mg
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 16.1 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 178 mg
  • 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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