Authentic Romanian Apple Strudel Recipe with Cinnamon and Confectioner's Sugar

Apple Strudel

Authentic Romanian Apple Strudel Recipe with Cinnamon and Confectioner's Sugar
Region / culture: Romania | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 45 minutes | Servings: 8


Apple Strudel
Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel is a classic dessert that has captured the hearts of many around the globe. This delightful pastry is known for its thin, flaky crust and a sweet, spiced apple filling. Making Apple Strudel from scratch is a rewarding experience that brings a piece of culinary tradition into your home. This recipe will guide you through the process of creating a delicious Apple Strudel, perfect for any occasion.


The origins of Apple Strudel can be traced back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where it became a popular dessert in the 18th century. It is believed to have been inspired by the Turkish baklava, brought to Austria through the Ottoman Empire's expansion into Europe. Over time, the recipe was adapted to include local ingredients, such as apples, leading to the creation of the Apple Strudel we know today. This dessert has since become a symbol of Austrian cuisine and is enjoyed in many countries around the world.



How to prepare

  1. Peel the apples and grate them using a vegetable grater or slice them very thinly.
  2. Place the strudel dough on the table, ready to be used.
  3. Moisten the dough with melted butter or lard.
  4. Arrange the grated apples along one end of the dough (the long end), then sprinkle them with sugar and cinnamon.
  5. Cover the apples with the edge of the dough and roll it up tightly, using the table cloth to help you.
  6. You should end up with a long roll, which you can cut into 2 or 3 pieces, depending on the size of your baking pan.
  7. Arrange the rolled pieces in a greased pan, leaving a little space between them.
  8. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter or lard, then bake them until they turn golden brown.
  9. While still in the pan, cut the rolls into individual serving size portions.
  10. Finally, sprinkle the portions with confectioner's sugar.


  • 1. Add nuts: Incorporate chopped walnuts or pecans into the filling for added texture and flavor.
  • 2. Use different fruits: Try substituting the apples with pears, peaches, or a mixture of berries for a different twist on the classic recipe.
  • 3. Chocolate Strudel: Add chocolate chips or cocoa powder to the filling for a chocolatey version.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

1. Ensure the strudel dough is rolled out as thinly as possible for the perfect flaky texture.

2. Use tart apples for the filling to balance the sweetness of the sugar.

3. Keep the dough covered with a damp cloth while working to prevent it from drying out.

4. Brush the dough with melted lard or butter to help achieve a golden, crispy crust.

5. Roll the strudel tightly to prevent the filling from leaking during baking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Apple Strudel warm, accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for an extra indulgent treat. A dusting of powdered sugar and a drizzle of caramel sauce can also enhance the flavors.

Cooking Techniques

The key technique in making Apple Strudel is rolling the dough as thinly as possible, which requires patience and a gentle touch. Another important technique is properly sealing the edges of the strudel to keep the filling contained during baking.

Ingredient Substitutions

1. Vegan version: Use plant-based butter or coconut oil instead of lard or butter.

2. Gluten-free: Opt for a gluten-free flour blend in place of regular flour for the dough.

3. Sugar alternatives: Replace white sugar with brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the strudel dough and the apple filling a day in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. Assemble and bake the strudel the day you plan to serve it for the best texture and flavor.

Presentation Ideas

Slice the strudel diagonally and arrange the slices on a platter, overlapping slightly. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve with a side of fruit compote or berry sauce for a visually appealing presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Apple Strudel pairs beautifully with sweet dessert wines such as Riesling or Moscato. For a non-alcoholic option, serve with a warm cup of spiced apple cider or a rich, dark coffee.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store leftover Apple Strudel in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 10-15 minutes, or until warmed through and crispy.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

A typical serving of Apple Strudel contains approximately 300-400 calories. The exact calorie count can vary based on the size of the serving and the specific ingredients used.


A serving of Apple Strudel contains approximately 45-55 grams of carbohydrates. The majority of these carbs come from the apples and the sugar used in the filling, as well as the flour in the strudel dough.


Each serving of Apple Strudel has about 10-15 grams of fat, primarily from the lard or butter used in the dough and to moisten the layers. Using a lighter substitute like margarine can reduce the fat content.


Apple Strudel is not a significant source of protein, containing only about 2-3 grams per serving. The small amount of protein comes from the dough.

Vitamins and minerals

Apples are a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. Although the cooking process may reduce some of the vitamin C content, Apple Strudel still provides a modest amount of this essential nutrient, along with trace amounts of potassium and iron from the apples and other ingredients.


Common allergens in Apple Strudel include gluten (from the dough) and dairy (from the butter or lard). Individuals with allergies to these ingredients should exercise caution.


Apple Strudel is a delicious dessert that offers a balance of sweet and tart flavors. While it is relatively high in carbohydrates and fats, it can be enjoyed in moderation as part of a balanced diet.


This Apple Strudel recipe brings a piece of European tradition to your kitchen, offering a perfect blend of sweet, tart, and spicy flavors encased in a flaky, buttery crust. Whether you're a seasoned baker or new to the art of pastry making, this recipe provides a delightful challenge with a delicious reward. Enjoy it as a special treat, and don't hesitate to experiment with variations to make it your own.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was immediately captivated. It was a chilly autumn afternoon and I was visiting my dear friend Maria in her cozy kitchen. The sweet aroma of cinnamon and apples filled the air as she pulled a golden-brown Apple Strudel out of the oven. The flaky pastry glistened with a light dusting of powdered sugar, and I could hardly wait to take a bite.

Maria smiled warmly as she placed a slice of the strudel on a delicate china plate and handed it to me. I took a bite and was instantly transported to a place of comfort and warmth. The tender apples were perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, and the pastry was buttery and crisp. It was truly a slice of heaven on a plate.

I begged Maria to teach me her secret recipe, and she graciously agreed. She explained that Apple Strudel originated in Austria and Hungary, where it is a beloved dessert enjoyed during the fall and winter months. The delicate layers of pastry are stretched thin to create a light and flaky texture that pairs perfectly with the sweet and tangy apple filling.

Maria showed me how to make the pastry from scratch, starting with a simple dough of flour, water, and a touch of oil. She demonstrated the technique of stretching the dough paper-thin on a clean tablecloth, dusted with flour to prevent sticking. As we worked together, she shared stories of her own grandmother teaching her the recipe when she was just a young girl.

The apple filling was a blend of tart Granny Smith apples, sugar, cinnamon, and a squeeze of lemon juice to brighten the flavors. Maria showed me how to cook the apples down until they were soft and fragrant, then spread them evenly over the stretched pastry before rolling it up into a beautiful spiral.

After brushing the strudel with melted butter and baking it until golden and crispy, Maria pulled it out of the oven and presented it to me with a flourish. I couldn't believe that I had helped create such a masterpiece, and I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment wash over me.

As I savored a warm slice of Apple Strudel with a dollop of whipped cream on top, Maria shared more stories of her family and their traditions around food. She told me how her grandmother used to make this dessert for special occasions and holidays, passing down the recipe through the generations.

I left Maria's house that day with a full belly and a heart full of gratitude. Not only had I learned how to make a delicious dessert, but I had also gained a deeper appreciation for the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories.

Since that day, I have made Maria's Apple Strudel countless times for my own family and friends. Each time I pull the golden pastry out of the oven and take a bite of the sweet and spiced apples, I am reminded of the love and generosity that went into teaching me this recipe.

And so, whenever I make Apple Strudel, I am not just following a set of instructions – I am carrying on a tradition, honoring the memories of those who came before me, and sharing a piece of my heart with those I love. Cooking is more than just a skill – it is a gift, a way to connect with others, and a way to create joy and comfort in a world that can sometimes feel chaotic and overwhelming.

I am grateful for the day I walked into Maria's kitchen and discovered the magic of Apple Strudel. It is a recipe that will always hold a special place in my heart, reminding me of the power of food to nourish both body and soul. And as I continue to share this recipe with others, I am grateful for the opportunity to pass on a piece of my own story, one delicious slice at a time.


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