Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spiced Apple Nut Strudel

I inspired myself!

I wrote about a holiday strudel stand at a fictional Christkindl festival in Grace Haven, then realized I needed to try this... and what fun I had!

I keep nuts in old plastic raisin bins in the freezer. We get those little gray moths in the house sometimes, and I wasn't about to let them into my pecans and walnuts and baklava mix, so the big raisin/Raisinet/Chocolate covered peanut containers work great at keeping large bags fresh and bug free.

Of course someone has to take it on the chin and EAT THE RAISINETS FIRST! :)

I prefer my food to be bug free. Go figure!

I usually use Fillo/Phyllo dough for strudel, but I had a frozen package of Puff Pastry, so I thawed that... And Newsflash!!! We liked it so much better than Fillo dough.

And the nut mix was super easy to make using my food processor

Spiced Apple Nut Strudel

2 cups ground pecans or walnuts (I had more pecans, so I used them)
1 cup shredded or finely chopped apple (I used four smallish apples. 2 big ones would be more than enough.)

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (more to taste, if desired)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Hello, MacKenzie!!!
Mix all of that together.

Have 1/4 cup melted butter handy and cinnamon sugar like you'd mix for toast... Or mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and you're good to go for sprinkling on top if you don't keep a bowl of cinnamon sugar in the cupboard like I do...

Butter a cookie sheet.

Lay puff pastries out. They're in a "tri-fold" shape so you'll put the filling on the middle third and fold the outside thirds over the filling.

Spoon a thick, wide ribbon of filling across the pastry. (There was enough to make three strudels, and I only had two puff pastries so I used the other filling for nut tarts with leftover pie crust... Although if I didn't have pie crust, I could have made cookie crust in muffin tins. And we kind of just ate the rest and it was amazing!)

Fold sides up and over the filling, overlapping them. Brush generously with melted butter. Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon sugar. Make diagonal slits in top from one side to the other.

Bake at 400° for about 20 minutes, until top is puffed and golden brown.  When cooled for ten minutes or so, drizzle vanilla glaze over top. (The strudels had "spread" apart a little so all I had to do was kind of pinch them back together while warm... and then a delicious glaze hides all kinds of stuff!

Vanilla glaze:

2 Tbsp. soft butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add enough milk (not much!!!) to mix with whisk.... Drizzle over strudel.

Isn't that beautiful? And it melts in your mouth, stuffed with nutty/apple-y goodness. So delicious, and I bet it would freeze well, but honestly, it didn't take much time to make this with the food processor and the puff pastry dough.

It disappeared (there were two, and they were gone in less than a day.) and everyone loved it. I think with a recipe like this you could add raisins, but I know my crew isn't overly fond of raisins (the weirdos!) so the nuts/apples/cinnamon worked just fine.

This is crazy fun/busy time on the farm. Dave and Seth have brought up hundreds and hundreds of squash and even more pumpkins... and the customers are finding us, so that's even more fun!

Blue pumpkins... And then more blue pumpkins!

And company for coffee... actually I think he's guarding my new mug from my friend Debby Giusti! Isn't it beautiful? She knows I love Polish pottery.... How sweet is this?

And what farm would be complete without mud??? 
And that's it from the farm this week...We're awash in pumpkins, cute kids, veggies and blessings! Not a bad life at all! And we've dismantled our Seeker novella collections so the gals can put out their own stories individually, and here are two of my sweet historicals:

His Beloved Bride (Link to Amazon, of course!)

And this one is the first of my "Sewing Sisters Society" stories with Hattie McGillicuddy, one of my favorite characters!

The Pastor Takes a Wife (Also linked to Amazon for Kindle!)

And that's it from upstate! Our kids went back to school yesterday, September 7, and I think we're all ready for schedules and normal... and come next June, we'll be ready for the beautiful break we call summer!

Remember you can friend me on facebook as Ruth Logan Herne, spin by my website or visit me today over in SEEKERVILLE, our multi-author blog about love, romance, God and dealing with everything life hands us. See you... wherever!


  1. First of all, I know this recipe is going to become a Drexler family Christmas breakfast tradition. Years from now, our grandchildren will know all about this lovely Ruthy person who gave me this recipe and started the great family Christmas brunch. You'll be famous! (At least in our family!)

    Second, OF COURSE you keep nuts in the freezer! You don't want to risk them getting buggy or rancid, do you? (Pass the Rasinettes...)

    Third, I noticed that you kept a very careful eye on that beautiful cup when we were rooming together in Nashville. And I don't blame you! I could see that it was tempted to jump in my bag to see what life is like in the West. :)

    Fourth, and last: A huge hello to that darling MacKenzie. What a great helper!

  2. Hahahah!!!! Laughing at the cup-guarding, of course I did! But a true friend would have given you one and kept the other, and why didn't I think of that? I'M A MORON!!!!

    But we already know that!

    Jan, how fun and easy this was and the puff pastry kept it moister and more delicious than my traditional fillo dough choice. Honestly, by the time it puffed in the oven, filling the kitchen with cinnamony goodness, we were all waiting, forks in the air!

    What a crazy bunch!

    And don't you love having little helpers around? They're the best! And that Brummer lady has two super cute kids on hand.

    Pretty darn special right there. :)

    1. No, a true friend would have done just what you did - graciously took cup #2 home to be a companion to cup #1. That's what Debby wanted you to do. :)

      And those Brummer kids! What a treat they are! One more year and little J will be in my Sunday School class. That's going to be such fun.

      I'm buying the puff pastry this weekend!

    2. I love Polish pottery! I'd guard a beautiful mug like that too :)

      And my kids are such good helpers!! Joey LOVES to clean, and she'll ask for a "wet towel" to wipe down tables, floors, hands, toys...her brother. Ha! I love it! I'm hoping she doesn't grow out of it :)

      And BLUE pumpkins?? I'm intrigued!

    3. The blue pumpkins are Jarrahdales, with a thick, dark orange meaty squash center... so delicious! So gorgeous to decorate with (Squash/Pumpkin stacking!) and great to eat or make pies, Megan!!!

  3. Ruthy, this looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing. I'm still loving those blue pumpkins! Wish you could send me some to decorate with. Of course, it still feels like summer around here in Georgia. I can't begin to think of pumpkins.

    Congrats on releasing your novellas so quickly! You amaze me.

    1. Missy, I'm staggering the releases so the Christmas/holiday ones will come in a couple of weeks. And it was so much fun writing these and working together! Didn't we have a ball?

      Beth did new covers, we kept them simple and sweet... So I can't pretend I did it on my own, LOL! Bit by bit... eating that "bear" one bite at a time!!!

  4. So those blue pumpkins? They look white to me. They'd make great snowmen stacked up on top of each other. :-)

    I love apple strudel but I've never tried to make it. I get it at a German bakery in my area for a special treat because it's really expensive. I'll have to give this a try.

    1. Kav, try this for some fun, special gathering. People will think you slaved. :)

      And the pumpkins are like blue/gray, they should look "bluer" than they came through... But they're so fun!!!

      Kav are you still crazy hot there?

      Because I'm waving to you across the pond and sweating!!!

  5. Oh, this looks delicious! And thanks for the links! I ran off to buy them right away. I'm not any good at writing novellas but I do like to read a well-written novella. :)

    P.S. Those blue pumpkins are AMAZING.

    1. Mary Jane, aren't the blue pumpkins like SO MUCH FUN??????

      They're selling like crazy, too. Most places up here charge an arm and a leg for them. Our $5/top price is a draw, for certain, and folks that stop in to stock up on blue pumpkins for their porch... or freezers!... tend to grab other stuff, too. YAY!!!!

      I hope you love the novellas, I have so much fun writing them. It's like the best spare time project ever!!!!! And huge thank yous for buying them!