AUTHENTIC APPLE STRUDEL (ÄPFELSTRUDEL) – VIENNA, AUSTRIA
December 6, 2019
The sweet, sugary scent of freshly baked apple strudel – there is nothing else quite like it! It is a traditional Viennese pastry and is also popular in other countries such as Italy, Germany, Romania, and Poland.
It consists of sour apples and sweet raisins wrapped up in blankets of thin, flakey pastry. The dessert is then dusted with powdered sugar and served with fresh whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or vanilla custard.
The History of Apple Strudel
The earliest knowledge of strudel dates back to 1697, in the form of a hand-written recipe, stored today in the Wienbibliothek im Rathaus library in Vienna.
The pastry grew in popularity in the 18th century. Here, Austrian cuisine, in general, was formed due to the multi-cultural influences throughout the expansion of the Austrian Habsburg Empire.
Many variations of strudels exist today. The pastry can be either savoury, with ingredients such as spinach, cream cheese or pumpkin or sweet, made with apples, berries, and other fruits.
This recipe is an authentic, traditional recipe that we learned from scratch in an immersive Austrian cuisine cooking class in the historic city of Vienna. This strudel incorporates the traditional ingredients of toasted breadcrumbs and sweet raisins. These ingredients complement the strudel perfectly and are a delicious addition!
Similarly to wiener schnitzel, apple strudel is viewed as one of the national dishes of Austria, and it is a cherished pastry frequently shared among family and friends due to its large size.
Hot, sweet and light, apple strudel is the PERFECT post-dinner treat, and with a variety of possible fillings – it’s an ideal choice for any time of the year!
I hope you enjoy this authentic apple strudel recipe! Let us know if you make any additions or substitutions.