I Baked Today: Apple Strudel

I had a couple of apples about to turn and needed to use them. Peaches, blueberries and plums are cluttering my counter, along with corn and tomatoes, so the chances the apples were going to be eaten anytime soon, were slim.

I hadn’t done a strudel in a long time and the recipe seemed simple enough, so here we are.  I made two small dishes, so I could freeze one. Each little casserole dish held half the recipe.

Apple Strudel

  • 2 1/2 cup sifted flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 c. butter, melted
  • 3 tsp. boiling water

8×8 baking dish, well-greased

Stir dry ingredients; mix water with butter and add to dry ingredients. Knead well.

Divide dough into 5 parts. Roll each part very thin between wax paper.

In the baking dish, layer dough & filling, ending with dough. Bake in 400° F oven for 30 minutes. Remove, cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 apples, chopped finely

Mix together and spread between layers

After turning on the news briefly this morning, I have been offline the rest of the day. Plan on keeping it that way. I will tell you that the state Democratic Party contacted me yesterday and asked me if I would be interested in running for an office. After I stopped laughing, I told them probably not, but sign me up for voter registration and get out the vote efforts.

Respite open thread.

28 replies
  1. 1
    Another Scott says:

    George Washington didn’t want to run for office, either. Just sayin’


    Nice strudel!


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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Yum! Looks pretty easy to make.

    I don’t blame you for not wanting to run for office.

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    rikyrah says:

    Looks absolutely delicious 😋😋😋

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Patricia Kayden: I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to run for office, but we need to remember that whenever people start getting upset when there are districts where the Republican is running unopposed. The other thing to remember with that is that there are places (like some wards in Milwaukee and Madison) where the Dem runs unopposed. Running for office is a tough and often thankless task.

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    wasabi gasp says:

    you pullin’ some nazi shit with these here delectables, ma’am?

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    Have never actually had it in the US, but on a trip to Germany I saw it on the menu and decided to try traditional apfelstrudel mit vanillesauce, the way the strudel gods intended. OMG is that good. Had it in its native form a couple of times since. And I still have never had it in the US.

    Yours does look good but the sauce is an important part of the experience.

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    Caphilldcne says:

    Please reconsider running for office. I will donate as much as I can. I don’t even know if you’re talking state or national level but you would be amazing.

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    @Caphilldcne: That’s sweet – but I am a classic introvert, I’d never survive. I can barely do canvassing for other candidates. LOL. But you know I’ll do what I can to get others elected.

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    Kay (not the front-pager) says:

    That looks wonderful! It’s a little early for apples in my area, but I’ll definitely put this in my online recipe file.

    Your al pastor recipe yesterday (or was it Friday?) looks delicious too. A question: is the 12 oz of chipotle in the recipe canned chipotle in adobo sauce? I’m looking forward to trying it in the crockpot. I don’t use any form of pressure cooker after having one explode on me and give me second and third degree burns from shoulder to wrist. Skin grafts are no fun!

    I say it exploded, but really I opened it when it was only almost pressurized, so it opened fairly easily. When the top came off the slightly pressurized water turned explosively to steam and scalded my arm on its way to shattering the light above the stove. It was pretty traumatizing.

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    Nicole says:

    That strudel looks delicious, and I say that as someone who doesn’t like apples in other than their natural raw state.

    I… bought a pie yesterday! And carried it home! All by myself! (Strawberry rhubarb, which for me is the platonic ideal of pie)

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    I too have an al pastor recipe question. How much fat are you trimming off the pork shoulder? You’re taking the fat cap off before cutting and browning, right? Right? :)

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    @Kay (not the front-pager): Yowza. That sounds horrible. I actually got rid of my pressure cooker and bought the instant pot because after several decades of weekly use, it had issues that would have allowed that to happen, too. Totally understand your reluctance to use one.

    And yes, it is in adobo sauce.

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    Kay (not the front-pager) says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Thanks. My son is off work on Friday and he loves al pastor! And yes, it was almost 40 years ago and I still have flashbacks. It’s my 10 on the pain scale.

    @mrmoshpotato: I was thinking of using boneless country-style ribs and then chilling to remove the fat. I figured it would cook well in my crockpot. TaMara, does that soundright to you?

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    Pete Mack says:

    Today was cooking day off for me. Yesterday though… yesterday was 10lbs up jerked smoked back ribs, on a weber kettle. Very difficult process, much harder than my usual smoked Italian sausage. Delicious, but not something i want to do more than once or twice a year.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Kay (not the front-pager):

    I was thinking of using boneless country-style ribs and then chilling to remove the fat.

    That would work. I’ve chilled fatty stews, and the fat separates well when chilled.

    The shoulder I got has a decent fat cap, and removing the unneeded fat first would be pretty easy.

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    @mrmoshpotato: Mine was really lean, so I didn’t cut anything off. But if there is a lot, I would, otherwise, it will probably be a very fatty mixture.

    @Kay (not the front-pager): That seems reasonable.

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    @Nicole: I really liked this recipe because it’s not terribly sweet and relies on the apple flavor and juices to sweeten it.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Never seen a lean pork shoulder around these parts.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @TaMara (HFG):

    That strudel recipe looks good. I don’t like baked goods that are too sweet either.

    Just finished eating some pork lo mein and a couple of spring rolls. Very good!

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    @mrmoshpotato: Mine mighta been a butt, it was in my freezer leftover from another recipe and I do not remember what cut it was, but it had a minimal fat cap on it.

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    Josie says:

    The strudel looks really scrumptious. I may have to try it – never made strudel before.

    @Steeplejack: How are you feeling? Did the plastic sleeve work for you? I haven’t been keeping up with posts lately.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @TaMara (HFG): Alright. Just wanted to make sure I wasn’t going to screw it all up by removing the cap. “You were supposed to leave the cap and add whatever bacon grease you have in the fridge. And a stick of butter!”

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    Steeplejack says:


    Yes, the plastic sleeve worked great! I felt awesome after shaving and showering for the first time since Wednesday. It took forever, though, and was really tiring.

    Everything is tiring! I forgot that about being “sick.” I went out to get some groceries, and I was sweating like a field hand by the time I got to the checkout counter. Then I dragged myself over to pick up the Chinese food and straggled home.

    The soreness has decreased a lot. Tomorrow I’m going to see what my post-op instructions say about taking the bandages off.

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    Josie says:

    @Steeplejack: Glad that things are improving for you. The tiredness is your body telling you to slow down. Give it time and it will get better.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I’ve been dozing a lot. Lying down is good because it takes the body weight off the wounds and helps my skin move less.

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    Sebastian says:

    Tamara, I love you but as a native son of Vienna, the city where the Apfelstrudel was invented, I have to say this is unfortunately not an Apfelstrudel.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    TaMara, remind me to share with you all the text exchanges I had with the State Democrats on the subject of running for office in Custer County…

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