Easy Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought When I was growing up my mother used to make the most amazing apple strudel. It has been years since I have tasted this fall treat with apples picked right off the tree in our backyard. When I was back in Iowa last month I made my mother dig deep into her memory banks and teach me how to make it. It tasted as good if not better than I remembered it. I knew this recipe was a keeper, so the best way to remember something is to teach it to someone else. Fortunately for me, I had two willing participants. Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought My niece Liz and my most adorable and energetic great niece Halle were up to the task. They completed the mission with excellent results.

Today’s Recipe:

The 4-ingredient dough is simply mixed together and chilled for 3-4 hours. Chop the apples into small pieces. I left the peeling on because they were organic from my parents tree. If you use store bought apples scrub the skins well or peel. Mix apples with lemon juice and spices and set aside. Easy Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought Divide the dough into 3 equal-sized pieces. Put 2 pieces in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll them. Roll out the first ball on a floured surface into 14-16″ rectangle. Spread 1/3 of apple filling along the 14″ side, about 2 inches away from the edge. Carefully roll up the dough around the filling. Easy Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought Place the roll on an un-greased baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining two pieces of dough and apples. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon and bake for 40-50 minutes. Easy Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought They was quite the discussion on how to measure the powdered sugar glaze and my mom is convinced everyone knows how to make it. But we finally worked out the recipe. Simply mix powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and milk – 1 tablespoon at a time, until spreadable (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets). When strudel is out of the oven and still hot, pour glaze over strudel. Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought

Easy Apple Strudel
Recipe type: Dessert
This easy to make Apple Strudel recipe has been a family favorite for years. You will pleased on how easy it all comes together.
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature (I always use Kerrygold)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 4 cups apples, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped walnut
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Put butter and cream cheese in a mixer and blend until smooth. Mix in flour and powdered sugar. Chill dough for 3-4 hours.
  2. Mix chop apples with lemon juice, almond extract and spices. Mix in walnuts if desired.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Roll out first ball on a floured surface into 14-16" rectangle. Spread ⅓ of apple filling along the 14" side, about 2 inches from the edge. Carefully roll up.
  5. Place roll on an un-greased baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat with remaining two strudels.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes.
  7. While the strudel is baking, make the glaze.
  8. Mix powdered sugar, melted butter, vanilla and milk - 1 tablespoon at a time, until spreadable (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets).
  9. When strudel is out of the oven and still hot, pour glaze over strudel.
  10. Serve with ice cream or whip cream.
Makes 3 strudels

The hardest part is rolling out the dough, and if child can do, so can you. Easy Apple Strudel | She Paused 4 Thought Special thanks to my mom for being a great baker and my nieces for doing such a great job with a family favorite. May great family recipes never get lost. …and then, she paused for thought.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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15 Responses to Easy Apple Strudel

  1. Judy at Two Broads Abroad December 1, 2014 at 6:10 pm #

    This looks wonderful. Never made my own dough, but now I will. Thanks so much.

    • Cathy Arkle December 1, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      Thanks Judy, is so easy it is crazy.

  2. Christina December 1, 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    What a cute post!! That is easy apple strudel! I watched a German lady roll out the pastry over an entire table and couldn’t figure out where in the world I could even make it. This version is do-able! 🙂

    • Cathy Arkle December 4, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Thanks Christina, this is far from a traditional recipe, which would even scare me!

  3. sippitysup December 2, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    I am glad to know the glaze secret because I have made it way too sweet in the past. GREG

    • Cathy Arkle December 4, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      Greg there seems to be so many ways to make the glaze it is almost comical.

  4. Dana @ FoodieGoesHealthy December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    Hi Cathy- after reading your post about your heirloom recipe, I was curious to compare it to my family’s old strudel recipe. They are similar, but my recipe uses sour cream instead of cream cheese for the dough. Also, I thought our filling was apple, but it’s jam and nuts. No one has made this recipe since I was a child. I think it’s time to resurrect my family recipe– you are my inspiration.

    • Cathy Arkle December 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

      Dana, I would love to taste your family’s version. Please don’t let a family recipe fade away.

  5. CHERI NEWELL December 4, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    First I have to say… good looks just run in your family! How adorable are your nieces… and how gorgeous is your mom??? What a fun afternoon… trying to put a recipe on paper that your mom had made from scratch with no measurements a million times! Think you got it down to perfection! Love apple anything! Thanks Cath!

    • Cathy Arkle December 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

      Thanks Cheri, you are too kind as always. I know you would love this recipe, I hope you give it a try.

  6. Lillian December 5, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    The recipe looks wonderful. Tell your Mom we will expect that on our next farm trip!!!!

  7. Linda Valen December 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    Oh Cathy! Getting a recipe from your mom is priceless!! I’ll bet she was pleased to pass on that “golden nugget” to you and even be featured in your blog, along with her famous recipe!!!

    There is nothing like good ‘ol home cooking and baking from the Iowa farm housewives! There is NO doubt that this recipe will be incredible!!

    I’m so glad you get to come to your parent’s home AND travel with them at times too. Precious moments!!!

    Your niece, Liz, is so pretty and your “most adorable and energetic great niece, Halle,” is so darling!

    When we got to help my mom bake or cook things in the kitchen, THAT was a big deal!!! I’m sure Halle will want to help her mom and grandma a lot!!!!!


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