Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May DB Challenge: Apfelstrudel


Okay, so this one is short and sweet as far as text goes. Mostly because, as Y said, she could envision me on repeat going "Apfelstrudel, apfelstrudel, apfelstrudel" while dancing around the kitchen. And I was, the whole time I was making this. Seriously, I love Germanic words, they're just way too fun to say.

Oh, and I actually took in-process photos. And did that whole mise-en-place cha-cha-cha. Like whoa.

Oh yeah, and I absolutely loved how shatteringly crisp the strudel dough was, combined with the warm apple filling.

Wait, one last thing - my coworkers? They saw it and asked if it was a pasty. Umm, no. *sigh*

Thank you, Coco and Linda, for choosing such a wonderful, unique, and challenging pastry!

All mise-en-placed and shit. Yep, no other way to describe it. Snow in hell, anyone?

Ooo, look - not many holes! Seriously, this was fun dough to work with.

Look, nuts! Coarsely chopped, nicely toasted walnuts - yum.

You better not forget the scotch-soaked raisins. Made too much filling, but kept all the raisins in there. To do otherwise would be a travesty, no?

Roll, roll, roll your strudel, gently across the towel... Oh wait, that doesn't work so well, does it?

Plop onto the cookie sheet! Made a half recipe, so no curving here. Doesn't look like a pasty to me...

Why yes, those *are* little brown circles on that parchment. I reuse it, because dangit, it's expensive! This is left over from a macaron baking spree...

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

56 comments:

Trish said...

Well...I reuse my parchment paper too. Very interesting recipe there!

NQN said...

That looks great Caitlin! hehe I love saying German words too, there's so may sounds to hang onto aren't there :P

berrybushel said...

mise en place? I decided last week to start that up after I move. We'll see how that goes.

Marie said...

I always use mis en place. When I have a 5 course dinner party to cook for 25 people at work it has saved my bacon more than once. Seriously your strudel looks delicious! I am impressed!

Cristine said...

Gorgeous strudel! I sat this one out, but am looking forward to making it soon!

Heather B said...

Now I have Apfelstrudel, apfelstrudel, apfelstrudel in my head! thanks! lol. Great job on your Apfelstrudel, apfelstrudel, apfelstrudel!

Di said...

Gorgeous! I actually took process photos this time too, probably because I was so amazed at this dough. And I love the polka dot parchment--I reuse mine too, when it's not too messy.

Angry Asian said...

wow! yours came out wonderful looking. i am so envious.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

apfelstrudel--es schmeckt gut!
i reuse parchment, too...no shame in that at all!

Barbara Bakes said...

I loved how crisp the dough was too! Great job!

Tartelette said...

You cracked me up with this one Caitlin! Thanks for keeping it real! Your strudel turned out perfect! Well done!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Your strudel is beautiful. Congrats on the crisp pastry. My fave strudel/German word is topfenstrudel (sweet cheese strudel)!

Kayte said...

I am on bended knee awe that you made this dough...I made puff pastry for Whisk, but this dough really scares me. Wow, you did a great job and this is one dessert I would never think of passing up...I knew I should have been in Madison this past weekend. That filling looks delicious. And, so impressed with mise en place...every week Shari has that all done up and I think, "Oh maybe someday when there is snow in >>>>>"...well, maybe it's time I started remembering to photo that, but then I'd have to clean off the counter and make sure everything looked tidy and neat and was placed just so...maybe when the boys leave home and I have more time for that kind of thing, you think? Maybe not. Your apfelstrudel looks great.

rainbowbrown said...

Well shoot. That looks too fun.

doughmesstic said...

Great job Caitlin! Continue with your cha cha cha-ing - you deserve a little dance, "pasty"!
:)

Andrea said...

Your strudel came out great! And a pasty, ha ha! I was doing the same thing, practicing my best (worst) German accent while saying "apfel strudel" and trying to remember some German folks songs. This was a fund, challenge, wasn't i?

Lauren said...

your strudel looks fantastic!

Sara said...

Mmmmmmm, looks really delicious!! :)

pinkstripes said...

YOur strudel looks fantastic! Now I understand that you are not supposed to spread the filling all over the rolled out dough. Just on one side. I'm glad it was a success.

Apfelstrudel! It's sort of like saying fahrvergnügen. :P

Jen Yu said...

You are too cute. Now why didn't I think of the towel ideal? Although, I don't think any of our towels are big enough... Clever girl. They look awesome and I am all for reusing parchment!

Tammy said...

great looking strudel!

Y said...

Pasty? haha...

Mise en place photos! You've really gone all out there ;D

I did German in high school, so I too love all words Germanic.

TeaLady said...

That looks incredible.

I so forgot about DB this month since I did DK earlier. I will have to try this.

Deiner strudel ist sehr schoen, meine Freunde!!! Deutsch is gut, ja??

Jaime said...

great job! i re-use my parchment until it is dead too ;)

Aran said...

looks great! not a lot of tears... and i agree, gotta reuse the parchment!

Jenny said...

I also re-use parchment paper! I am not ashamed.

I love the picture with the just wrapped strudel and all the apple pokeys, just adorable.

And my husband and I kept making all of our s's into sh's. Making up German words because we don't really know any. Like - SHtrudelShtein.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who reuses my parchment...LOL! YAY...love your post, the talk through, the click through...& the German words. I love doing that too! Great challenge...I enjoyed the rolling too. What a breeze!

PheMom said...

Beautiful!

Elra said...

Your strudel look fantastic and delicious Caitlin! Well done on this month challenge.

Natashya said...

It looks great! And, yes.. I have been known to reuse the paper as well. Does that make us environmentalists?

Ruth said...

Yum your apfelstrudel looks delicious!!

Tracey said...

Great job! That looks and sounds fantastic! Love all of the photos.

Katie said...

Your strudel looks fab and absolutely packed with fruit. Wonderful

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I love it!

Cakelaw said...

Fabulous looking streudel Caitlin - I loved the snap of the pastry and the scotch (or in my case, rum) soaked raisins too. It was fun dough. Good on you for reusing your parchment paper - I am always lamenting how much I use and how much it costs.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Just found you! LOVE your blog design--I'm an engineer/baker too (electrical), and I love how you fused the two ideas!

Michael and Kenna said...

Loved your pictures and love your "designer" parchment paper. I'm sure they'll start selling polka-dot parchment at some point!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Hoho I reuse my parchment too. :(although not for macaron making ;)
It does look like pastry ... who cares it really was that good!! maybe even better.
I'm doing an onion appetizer with the dough tonight.

Susan said...

Mis-en-place cha cha cha, I love it! Also love your twice-baked parchment, mine looks exactly the same. Beautiful strudel!

Michele said...

Yur strudel turned out picture perfect.

Sheltie Girl said...

You did a fabulous job on your strudel. It's beautiful.

Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Hooray for reusing! Lol! Lovely Apfelstrudel!!!

Carol Peterman said...

I am so glad to know I am not the only one reusing my parchment! How fabulously thin your dough is! Very impressive. I have never made strudel.

Mary said...

Wait a second....you can reuse parchment??! You have totally opened up my world...wow...thanks..

Lori said...

Great job on your strudel. apfelstrudel. I think I like that word too!

Cathy said...

I can't even believe how thin this dough gets - it had to be really cool to work with! Yours look seriously delicious -- I'll chant "apfelstrudel" as often as it takes to get one of these!

Manggy said...

Oh... And I thought a pasty was... Uh, never mind :) Very well done! Can I have a piece? :)

bittersweetblog said...

Now that's so fantastically thin, flaky pastry! Looks perfect! :)

Elyse said...

Haha, I think I would've danced around my kitchen singing Germanic words, too, if I were making this apfelstrudel! It looks absolutely delicious. What a great job you did. And I loved seeing the pictures of your process!

Selba said...

Very nice apple strudel!

linda said...

Glad you liked the challenge :) Your strudel looks wonderful!

Chris said...

Wait, who said we weren't supposed to reuse parchment? LOL I think we all do that. Well done on your strudel!

Jamie said...

Looks too yummy! I must try strudel....

Arlette said...

great job you did in this challenge, i like the dough and the crispiness.

April said...

The dough is so thin! Love it, it all looks so good.

Me! said...

I reuse parchment all the time! especially if i'm doing a baking marathon or lots of cookies or something. oh and your strudel looks great too! mise en place is overrated. i guess it's nice for a minute when you can just dump it all in the bowl but the rest is way too much work and way too many bowls to clean.