Traditional Austrian Apfelstrudel Recipe: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to make a mouth-watering, flaky, and delicious Apfelstrudel with this step-by-step recipe. Perfect with a vanilla sauce.

Apfelstrudel, also known as apple strudel, is a traditional Austrian dessert that has been enjoyed for centuries. Made with phyllo dough and filled with a sweet mixture of cinnamon sugar and apples, this dessert is both flaky and delicious. This recipe will show you step-by-step how to make a perfect Apfelstrudel from scratch.


  • Phyllo dough
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Warm water
  • Apples
  • Sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Raisins (optional)
  • Lemon juice
  • Butter
  • Vanilla sauce (for serving)


1. Preparing the phyllo dough

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and oil.
  • Gradually add warm water while mixing with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms a dough.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until smooth.
  • Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

2. Making the filling

  • Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the apples, sugar, cinnamon, raisins (if using), and lemon juice.
  • Set the filling aside.

3. Assembling the strudel

  • Roll out the rested dough into a large, thin rectangle on a floured surface.
  • Place the filling down the center of the rolled-out dough, leaving a border around the edges.
  • Fold the sides of the dough over the filling, then roll the strudel up tightly, sealing the edges.

Baking the strudel

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Place the strudel onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush the strudel with melted butter.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the strudel is golden brown.
  • Let the strudel cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Serving Suggestions

Apfelstrudel is best served warm with a dollop of vanilla sauce on the side. The combination of the warm, flaky strudel and the cool, creamy sauce is a match made in heaven. Serve the strudel with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect dessert experience.

Making a homemade Apfelstrudel may seem like a daunting task, but with this step-by-step recipe, you’ll be able to make a delicious and authentic dessert in no time. With its flaky phyllo dough and sweet, cinnamon-sugar filling, Apfelstrudel is the perfect dessert for special occasions or just for a sweet treat. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of traditional Austrian cuisine in your own home.

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