Tuesday, November 11, 2014

At Home: Apple Cinnamon Strudel

It's no surprise that we love anything with apple and cinnamon - whether it comes in cobbler form, a la hand pies, or as muffins.  I needed to make another breakfast item for a work birthday, and thought the apple cinnamon flavors would be perfect for this time of year.  I had some puff pastry dough to use up and decided to create an Apple Cinnamon Strudel...At Home.  It's so simple to throw together and tastes amazing!

Apple Cinnamon Strudel
  • ½ Tbsp butter
  • 1 large Fuji apple, peeled and diced
  • ½ teasp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
For the Glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • splash of vanilla extract 

- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a small bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add cinnamon and sugar, and stir to combine.
- Add cinnamon sugar mixture to a larger bowl with the apple pieces. Stir to coat the apples evenly.
- On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat, unroll pastry dough into a large rectangle.
-  Cut ½ inch diagonal strips up each side of the dough.
- Carefully spread apple filling down the center of the dough to be about 2-3 inches wide.
- Fold ½ inch dough pieces up over filling alternating sides to get a braided pattern. You may have excess dough once you reach the end of the strudel, so fold them in as best as you can.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until filling is set and puff pastry is golden in color.
- Cool at least 20 minutes, then remove strudel to a serving platter.
- In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and cream to create icing. You may need to add more cream to get the desired consistency.
- Drizzle icing over strudel. Cut into pieces and serve.

This Apple Cinnamon Strudel is great for breakfast when eaten at room temperature.  Simply slice the strudel for an easy breakfast on-the-go.  My coworkers enjoyed this Fall-inspired treat at our morning meeting.  I doubled the recipe above to make a second strudel for Keith and I to enjoy at home (duh!).  I packed up a slice for him to take into work for breakfast, too.  But, if you're anything like Keith, you can heat it up and serve with a scoop of ice cream as a late night snack instead.  The puff pastry was nice and thick to soak up all the vanilla glaze. Yum!

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