Authentic strudel is made with strudel dough, a labor-intensive, paper-thin dough. To simplify things, we've used store-bought phyllo dough, which is widely available and relatively easy to work with.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into tablespoons
- 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup sliced almonds
- 1-1/2 pounds granny smith apples peeled, halved, cored and very thinly sliced, about 4 apples
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
For the dough
- 8 sheets phyllo dough each sheet measuring 12" x 17"
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling
Make crumb mixture:
In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until crumbs are golden brown. Stir in the sliced almonds and set aside to cool.
Position a rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay a sheet of phyllo on a clean work surface. Lightly brush sheet with butter. Sprinkle with 2 1/2 tablespoons bread crumb mixture. Layer remaining 7 sheets phyllo over first, buttering and sprinkling each one with bread crumb mixture. Spoon apple compote evenly down long side of phyllo, about 2" from bottom edge and 1" in from both sides. Fold bottom edge and side flaps over filling and roll up phyllo jelly roll-style.
Transfer strudel to baking sheet and brush it lightly with melted butter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until crisp and golden.
Remove strudel from oven and let cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve, sliced, with whipped cream.