Mini Apple Strudels
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
Okay to put this in perspective, I think many of the 5-star reviews are because this is pretty good for a lo-cal dessert. But it's not a great dessert. Many of the problems I see are related to keeping the calorie count down.1. Poor filling-to-pastry ratio. The filling is actually really good and I'll definitely use it again in something else. There's just not enough of it if you follow the recipe's instructions. That picture doesn't look like a scant 1/3 cup of filling, even if that's a saucer that it's plated on.2. Phyllo dough is so lean that it doesn't really work well in a dessert -- unless you're watching calories or you're making baklava and smothering it in honey. It would be better with pie dough or puff pastry but that means more calories. If you put more filling in per pastry, though, you won't notice the phyllo dough as much, but once again, more calories.3. Butter-flavored spray. Yuck. Again, it's used because of the calories saved but melted butter would be better. Heck, I'd use a neutral vegetable oil in my own mister before using a canned spray. Just use a light hand when brushing butter on. I made sure each phyllo sheet was well buttered and it was too greasy. With a light hand, I should have used about 4 tablespoons for 6 sheets. But, since I think you should have more filling, I would probably double the amount of apple mixture in each pastry, making the recipe serve 3 instead of 6, and that would mean 2 tablespoons of melted butter for 3 phyllo sheets.If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would, if I'm only comparing it to other lo-cal desserts. Comparing it to desserts as a whole, it's a 2. The filling is quite good and it's the sole reason for giving it any stars, but I'd rather use it in a crumble or galette. You'll notice many of review suggestions (ice cream, sugar glaze, cinnamon sugar sprinkle) increase the calorie count because, as is, it's too skimpy and too lean.One other thought: the quality of the phyllo dough can make a huge difference. My favorite brand was Trader Joe's but they discontinued it :(. The brand I bought at HEB was just awful. The brand I found at Whole Foods is okay but not nearly as good as TJ's. That may be one reason I didn't care for the phyllo dough crust as much as others did. That, and I'm a full-fat, real sugar and butter, if-you're-gonna-eat-it-mean-it kind of gal. If I want something healthy and sweet, I'll eat a piece of fruit.
These Apple Strudels have been a huge hit! I used Splenda instead of sugar and pecans instead of walnuts both times I've made this recipe. They are so easy to make. I melted butter the first time, but used spray the second...so much easier/faster! The second time I had leftovers and froze them...enjoyed them 2 weeks later and they were as good as the fresh strudels...couldn't tell the difference. This means I can make them in advance of having guests and enjoy a tasty treat with no prep work during their visit...love it!
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Good recipe, but was easier made with pie dough instead of Phillo dough and liked it better with pie dough. Tasted great.
This was great - everyone enjoyed it and thought I spend hours in the kitchen (but I didn't)!! Will make it again soon.
For PENKAT try again but be sure your oven is really at full baking temperature and that you set the pan on the LOWEST rack in the oven. This will insure that the bottom bakes first and that the crust is not soggy. Use this same technique for any pie or crispy pastie you bake.
I'm from Germany and on year I visited Salzburg. In a restaurant I had a chance to ordered Strudel with Vanilla sauce. The Strudel was just swimming in the sauce. It also was so filling that I could had it for a whole meal. All I can tell you, it was yummy, yummy!!!
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