Apple Strudel with Homemade Apple Filling

Let me start by saying you cannot go wrong with this one, and it is so good, you would have wished you would have made a half a dozen.

Our family recently did what most families do around this time of year, we went apple picking. This has been an annual event since my youngest was about two years of age. It is always such a fun thing to do during the Fall season, and allows the kids to sample different apples, while climbing trees, and having a blast in a pumpkin patch. We normally go to the Elegant Farmer probably due to the fact that they have a storefront that has some really killer apple pie in a bag. Yes, in a bag, and cooked in the bag. However this year, another orchard was recommended, and we paid a visit to Awe’s Apple Orchard, near Hales Corners, Wisconsin. As you can imagine, we came back with three large bags of apples, an assortment of delicious apples that have been packed in lunches ever since. I wanted to go beyond the lunch bag and make something really wonderful and give the kids to try apples outside of a pie, or a lunch bag, and they loved their new experience.

Apple Strudel with Homemade Apple Filling

Apple strudels are typically apples stuffed in some dough, baked, and served with ice cream, whip cream, or something wonderful, however I wanted to make my own version of the strudel, using left over filo dough, almost going for a texture like baklava but with a bit more moisture from the apples. Enough already, lets get started.

Ingredients for the apple filling:

  • Roughly 6-8 large apples, peeled, cored, chopped
  • Pot of boiling water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch

Add the chopped apples to the boiling water, and let them cook for nearly two minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, placing in a bowl, and let them cool. Empty the water, and add the pot back to the stove on medium heat, and cook the sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, as well as the water, and bring this to a bowl.  Next, add the cornstarch and juice of the lemon to a small bowl and mix well. Add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling sugar water, and mix well. you will notice this gets really nice and thick from the cornstarch. Reduce the heat and simmer for another couple of minutes. Add this mixture to the apples, mix, and let this cool.

Ingredients for Strudel filling:

  • 2 rolls of fillo dough (16 oz), thawed
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp of ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar

Begin by mixing the sugars and cinnamon together in a bowl. Lay out a sheet of the fillo dough, lightly brushing with the melted butter. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on the fillo dough, then repeat the process. On the last sheet of the first roll of the fillo dough, butter, sprinkle with sugar, and add the apple mixture along the short end of the dough, allowing a couple of inches along the edges. Roll into a log shape, tuck in the ends to seal, and lightly brush on more butter.

Repeat to make a second log.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Carefully transfer the logs onto your baking sheet. I use a couple of spatulas for this process. Once the oven is heated, bake for about 20-28 minutes until the log is a golden brown. Take in the smells. Your kids, family, or friends pretty much love you at this point in time. Once the logs are golden brown, remove and let them cool on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wired baking rack if you have one, to allow the bottoms to cool.

Dig in. Slice into 3 inch wide servings and serve with a nice cold glass of milk. I’m not kidding when I say these lasted only a few minutes in my house. That is always a great sign.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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