Last weekend I made a couple of cakes and posted this one on my Insta stories to a lot of queries about the recipe. Here it is guys, really easy and so deliciously crunchy and fresh. Serve warm with vanilla ice-cream or with Greek yoghurt.
Ingredients
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 package of phyllo pastry, about 10 sheets
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar + more for in between the phyllo sheets
  • The zest and juice of 1 orange
  • The zest of one lemon
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier ( optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Ground almonds 150g
  • Small handful dried figs or dates or raisins or apricots, or a mix of it all! I just add what I’ve got.
  • Sometimes I add dry dessicated coconut too!
Method

Switch on your oven to 180C.

  1. Place a large saucepan on the stove, melt a teaspoon of butter and then add your apples, cinnamon sticks and the brown sugar. Let cook slightly, then add orange juice, lemon and orange zest and the alcohol (optional), cook for another 2 minutes, add vanilla essence and the filling is done.
  2. Add your dried fruits, let cool slightly.
  3. Melt the butter in a bowl and have it ready by your phyllo pastry with a pastry brush.
  4. Spread out on a wooden board your first sheet, brush it with butter and dust lightly with the ground almond and some sugar.  Repeat with around 8 -10 sheets of phyllo, alternating the sugar=almond addition.
  5. Place your fruit in a column down the centre leaving 2cm’s from the top edges. Begin to fold in your pastry sheets one by one until it’s all closed up. Brush with more butter, yes!!, drizzles some sugar on top and place in a heated oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

TIP: Keep the rest of your phyllo sheets wrapped in wax paper and wrap in a moist tea towel so they don’t dry out! Use them to make sausage rolls, cheese pies, whatever you want wrapped in this thin pastry.

Have a lovely and warm weekend,

Cooking with The Life Juice
Divine apple strudel, my version.

Excuse the quality of the pics as they were taken at night with my phone but I just wanted you to see exactly how it’s supposed to look!

Isabel

xxx

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