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Traditional apple strudel
Apple Strudel Recipe | Alpbachtal

Apple Strudel Recipe

One of the Top 10 favourite meals in Austria, the apple strudel should be a part of your Austrian experience. Follow our local recipe with accompanying photos – couldn’t be easier.

As easy as 1, 2, 3 to your own perfect apple strudel.  With help from the owner and master pastry chef and confectioner at Café-Konditorei-Hacker in Rattenberg, give friends and family a treat to remember.

Ingredients for your apple strudel

For the pastry: Even the liquid ingredients are weighed hence the measurement of gramm and not ml.

  • 440g flour (type w700 in Austria or type 550 in Germany)
  • 2 small eggs or 1 large egg
  • 60g oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 160g luke warm water

For the filling:

  • 1200g sour apples
  • 120g sugar mixed with a pinch of cinnamon
  • 250g breadcrumbs
  • Melted butter
  • A handful of raisins
  • Rum

How to make your apple strudel

Mix together the flour, egg(s), oil, salt and warm water and knead it together.  Leave the finished pastry for at least an hour to rest. For the best result make the pastry in the morning and leave it overnight in the fridge. This will make the dough easier to work with. Take the pastry out of the fridge half an hour before you wish to continue or until it has reached room temperature.

Prepare your apples by peeling, coring and cutting them into cubes. Put the raisins in the rum to soak. Fry the breadcrumbs in butter until golden brown. When everything is ready combine the apples, breadcrumbs, raisins, and the sugar-cinnamon mix into a large bowl and mix together well. 

Turn the oven onto 200°c.

Lay a decent sized tea towel on the work surface and sprinkle with flour. 
Start to work your pastry on the work surface, do not shape the pastry with a pastry-roller, but pull it into shape with your hands by making fists and pressing down with your knuckles until you create a circle. The pastry is ready when it is thin enough to read through! Lay the finished product carefully on the prepared tea towel and gently brush melted butter over the pastry. Spread the filling on the pastry – the more the better!

Using the end of the tea towel slowly start to roll the strudel together. Put the completed apple strudel on to a baking tray. Our Tip: on the baking tray fold the finished ends underneath.  Brush the pastry with melted butter. Place the strudel in the oven for 10 minutes before reducing the heat to 180°c for a further 30 to 45 minutes. The strudel is finished when you see the juices from the apples spreading on the tray. 

Your work of art is ready, ENJOY!

We can't wait to see you in the Alpbachtal Seenland region. A visit to Austria's smallest town, Rattenberg, should be on your list of ‚things to do‘.  A mediavel gem in the heart of the Tyrol.  See how your strudel matches up to the one you can enjoy at the Café-Konditorei-Hacker.