Today is my husband Carlos' 40th birthday. Instead of making him a cake, I made apple strudel for him, and I took pictures as I worked so I could share the process with all of you.
Both Carlos and I have fond memories of strudel from our childhoods. My mother's parents were from Croatia, and she learned to make it from her mother. I also used to help my mother make strudel when I was a young girl, and I loved it when she made it! We would have strudel for dinner, and eat it until we were ready to burst, then come back to the kitchen in a few hours to eat more! Carlos' mother, who was born in Hungary and grew up in Germany, made strudel when he was growing up, and it was a favorite of his.
Here, I am rolling out and stretching the dough. The dough should be thin enough that you can see through it. My kitchen table is just wide enough that if I roll/stretch the dough out to the side edges, it will just fit in my baking dish after it is rolled.
After the dough is thin enough, I pour melted butter on it and spread it over the whole of the dough before adding the filling.
After I add the sliced apples, I sprinkle it with cinnamon/sugar, fold the edges in, and then it is ready to roll. I roll the dough out on a table cloth, so when it comes time to roll it, I use the cloth to roll it, so it doesn't tear or break as I go.
Then it is into the oven for 35-45 minutes (until it is golden brown), then comes the best part, Eating it! Which I am going to do as soon as I'm done here!
I have always loved making things with my hands. It has always amazed me that I am able to take an image in my mind and make it come into form. Like magic!
I will never have enough time to create all the wonderful things waiting to come to life from my imagination, but you can see a few of the lucky ones that actually get made here.
I hope they bring a bit of joy to your day!
Thanks for looking!