Make the perfect apple strudel! Homemade apple filling in flaky, extra crispy phyllo dough. A light and delicious fall dessert to feed a crowd. Be sure to watch the video above for how to make this apple strudel
Make the filling. In a large skillet heat ghee and extra virgin olive oil. Add the sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and orange juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring as needed, for about2 minutes or so (you are not looking to cook the apples all the way, just a little bit to allow some juice to release.) Stir in walnuts and raisins. Remove from heat and set aside briefly.
Prepare a large sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Pour the juices from the apple filling in a small bowl and mix with a little more extra virgin olive oil (you'll use this mixture to brush the phyllo sheets).
Lay 10 to 12 sheets of phyllo flat on a clean surface (you can cover with a clean towel to keep the phyllo from drying, although this should be a quick process.)
Take 1 phyllo sheet and lay it in the sheet pan. Brush with the mixture you prepared (apple filling juice and olive oil). Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top. Repeat the process with the remaining phyllo sheets.
Now, with the sheet pan placed horizontally (one long edge of phyllo facing you), spoon the apple filling somewhat towards the middle leaving about a 2-inch boarder of phyllo all around. Fold the short edges of phyllo to cover 2 -inches of apple mixture on each end. Brush ends with extra virgin olive oil. Starting at the long edge closest to you, fold the phyllo over the apple filling and roll towards the other end (jellyroll fashion, but do not roll the phyllo too tightly). Keep the seam on the bottom.
Brush the strudel with extra virgin olive oil. Bake in the heated oven on the middle rack for 35 minutes or until the phyllo turns a nice golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool in the sheet pan. To garnish, sprinkle the apple strudel with confectioner's sugar, add any walnuts or raisins remaining. Slice and serve.
Where to find phyllo? I use The Fillo Factory organic dough which is available in most grocery stores in the freezer section next to pie crust and puff pastry.
Pro Tips for Phyllo. 1. Thaw phyllo overnight in the fridge. Take out of fridge about 30 minutes before using. 2. This recipe only uses 10 sheets, once you set those out for use, go ahead and roll the rest in plastic wrap and put back in the box and return to freezer for later use. 3. To assemble the phyllo dough, work right in your sheet pan that you will use to bake the strudel, that way you don't have to risk breaking the strudel when transferring. 4. If you don't have enough juice from your apple filling to brush the phyllo sheets, simply use extra virgin olive oil. You only need to brush the sheets very lightly with the EVOO and sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar and cinnamon on top for flavor. 5. Finally, when you roll the dough to enclose the apple filling, too tightly so it doesn't crack and burst open in the oven. And be sure the seam is down as indicated in the recipe.
Pro Tip to Prepare Ahead. For best results, bake the phyllo apple strudel on the day you plan to serve it so that the dough does not turn soggy on you. Now, you can prepare the filling the night before, cover and refrigerate until ready. If you need to bake the strudel the night before, you can go ahead and bake but only part-way through (about 70% or so), then finish baking the next day before serving.