With both your hands, pull the strudel dough,
on a large cotton or linen sheet,
til you could read
your favorite poem, if placed underneath.
Use melted butter to write a secret message on the dough.
(Close your eyes, and think of one!)
With a little butter,
toast fresh breadcrumbs to a light golden hue.
Sprinkle this mixture on lower quarter of the dough.
Distribute the crumbs evenly, with a soft touch,
so as not to tear the dough.
Distribute sliced apples on top of the breadcrumbs
At Demel's, the strudel master stretches a sheet
large enough, to make three long strudels.
Sprinkle a bit of sugar, ground cinnamon and clove
over the apple slices (ground walnuts too, if you like).
Note: These photos were taken at Demel's,
which spices they add, I did not ask.
On the side closest to you,
and on both ends
pull the edges of the dough over the apple filling.
With a quick movement,
lift the sheet,
and roll the dough and filling away from you.
This is the spiralling motion,
that gives the Strudel its name,
rolling the dough swiftly, thereby creating a maelstrom or vortex.
Gently push aside any apple slices between the strudels,
and pull and pinch the dough to create a barrier between them.
Pull the pinched together piece of dough up,
and separate the strudels.
Put the strudels on a parchment lined baking sheet,
patting and pulling,
as if caressing them effusively,
til they are all lined up,
in glorious perfection.
And now lets praise
the skills of this master strudel baker!
I would like to dedicate this post
to my friend Brigitte,
my partner in strudel baking.
Together, we are veterans of 52 strudels,
baked one morning, to serve to 250 kids,
and one fine day we raised 1,500 US dollars
for children in Africa,
by teaching the art of strudel making
to a round of fifteen willing ladies.
Unbeknownst to me,
Carol of Paris Breakfast
was dedicating Friday's post,
La Pâtisserie Viennoise, to me.
That same morning, I was busy photographing
the making of an apple strudel
at Demel's. Thinking of Carol. :-)
Have a great day,
a slice of Strudel with Schlag included. :-)