1/4 cup bourbon or apple juice
1/2 cup golden raisins
2-3 Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound), peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 T. lemon zest, finely chopped
1 t. ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup crushed shortbread cookies
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 T. butter, cut into pieces
5 (or more if desired) sheets phyllo dough from 1 pound pkg of frozen dough
melted butter for brushing phyllo sheets
1 T. sugar
Caramel sauce (jar)
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 1/2 T. milk
(Mix together thoroughly)
For the strudel:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, pour the bourbon or apple juice over the raisins and microwave on high 45 seconds. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Combine the raisins, apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, brown sugar, cookie crumbs, pecans, and butter in a large bowl.
Remove the phyllo dough from the box, unfold and cover with a damp towel. Place 1 sheet phyllo on the work surface and brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with the remaining sheets, brushing each with melted butter, stacking when done, being sure to keep the unbuttered phyllo covered so it does not dry out.
Place the apple mixture on the nearest third of the phyllo stack, being sure to leave a 2-inch border. Gently lift the bottom edge of the phyllo stack to cover the filling and fold the side edges over. Continue to roll the stack away from you until the filling is completely sealed in and the seam is on the bottom. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Pour over the glaze and sprinkle with cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar. Serve with warm caramel sauce.
I’ve also made a Cherry Cheese Strudel with cherry pie filling and a mixture of cream cheese, eggs and sugar. Spread the cream cheese mixture generously on 1/3 of phyllo stack (same as instructions for apple)
and then place several spoonfuls of cherry pie filling over the top. The phyllo will have to be folded up and over the filling and a few extra sheets buttered and placed over the top and tucked in underneath to seal in the filling.