I made a promise, to you guys and especially to an American lady, about a week ago, to translate the Austrian Apfelstrudel recipe from German into English. The recipe is taken from Valerie Stuppbäck’s book “Österreichisches Kochbuch – So koche ich für meine Familie” (1998). I love this book and it is absolutely one of my favourite Austrian cook books.
250 gr plain flour (nothing else than plain flour)
about 1/8 litre lukewarm water
120 gr butter
120 gr crumbs
1 ½ kg apples
50 gr raisins
butter for coating and baking
To make a simple pastry dough just use flour, salt and lukewarm water. This is the easiest and safest way to make good pastry. You prepare the dough for as long as possible, with a wooden spoon and then knead it nice and tightly. The dough should have a nice shiny and silky appearance. For best results form the pastry into a loaf shape and leave in a pre-warmed covered bowl for 30 mins to allow the pastry to rest.
You place a tablecloth or a large napkin on the table, dust it with flour and knead the dough a bit. Then pull the dough over the back of your hand, and repeating so it turns and expands. When it appears large enough, put it onto the floured cloth and pull it out until it is quite thin. It should be so thin that you can read a cookbook held underneath.
To prepare the Strudel cut the thick edges away, then add the filling (see below) to about two thirds of the dough. Then start to roll the dough where the filling is with the aid of the cloth. Brush the last third of the dough with melted butter before rolling.
Once the Strudel is all rolled up you need to transfer to a greased baking sheet (use the cloth to help). This will take some practice, and the first couple of time the Strudel will probably fall apart. But don’t panic too much, because when the Strudel is cut into pieces no one will notice it.
Then once on the baking sheet brush the Strudel with melted butter all over and place into a pre-heated oven (medium heat) and bake for 1 Hour.
The filling is very simple.
Just toast some breadcrumbs in some butter and then spread these onto the pastry. Then add thinly sliced and pealed apples along with raisins and a good sprinkling of Cinnamon on top of the Breadcrumbs.
As an alternative to Apple you could also try Cherry or Blueberry instead for a different taste.
The author named the Strudel “Dragon”. Don’t know if I can agree with her because I think it looks like a pastry with apple, raisin and cinnamon filling…but you never know I MIGHT be WRONG!! Haha
It is a bit interesting when the headlines in the Newspapers are: “Get yourself a nicer, firmer and more toned bum in one week. Here are the tips!” In my 29 years I have never seen a woman nor a man applauding and having a cheerful look on their faces when they have seeing the headline. Normally, for instance I just see it if their own country has won an adward in sport as in football or ice hockey.
I reckon that the Newspapers want to sell more. Pretty much I would say that most of the journalists are strongly aware about that many people who live in the 21st century are more or less “obsessed” by their appearance. The beauty trend has even increased among men. More men buy beauty products on the market than they did 20 years ago! The gyms get more members, plastic surgeons earn more money due to the increased numbers of people who want to get a “new” body.
Some employers can even choose a job applicant because of his/hers appearance and not only due to the individuals qualifications. The person must FIT into the social group and share the same values, cultural and social norms. If an individual is “abnormal” it can be a bit harder for him/her to be “welcomed” into a specific group. Pretty often, when a person seem to be different from ourselves, we pretty often define the individual as deviant, unconsciously or consciously, without trying to get to know the person.
It takes time to get to know a person, pretty often the individual can be full of positive surprises which you did not have a clue about. It is the same thing with getting a nice, firm and toned bum. Some people are already born with good-looking bums and don’t have to exercise a lot to make it look “better”. Other individuals, need to work hard to try and get the so-called perfect bum.
Life is all about hard work and “the one week exercising” schedule is not enough. We learn new things, we can on some occasions adapt new good or bad patterns and so on. We are only humans and the “perfect” individual doesn’t exist. Sorry to make you a bit disappointed.
The beautiful person is in the eye of the beholder. I think we all should have a look at the inside of ourselves, start being honest with ourselves and stop being jealous of other people. Instead, start being proud of the good things we are doing and making!
I suggest that we start or continue to improve to become better humans! Show love and hug the people you love and tell them that you love them! Happy LOVE everyone and show the rest of the world how AMAZING you guys are!