Mini Apple Strudels
(Makes about thirty-six 2-1/2 to 3-inch strudels)
If you prefer, you can use butter-flavored cooking spray in place of the melted
butter. You could also use cookie crumbs instead of graham cracker crumbs.
1/3 cup golden raisins
3 tablespoons Amaretto, rum, or brandy
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
9 sheets phyllo dough, thawed
3 tablespoons melted butter
Extra sugar for sprinkling between sheets
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
To make the filling:
Put the raisins and Amaretto in a small microwavable bowl.
Microwave for 15 seconds; remove and set aside .
In a bowl, combine all of the remaining filling ingredients.
Add the raisins and their liquid; stir to combine the ingredients.
To assemble the strudels:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Place one sheet of phyllo on your work surface, so that the long sides are at
the top and bottom. Brush the sheet with melted butter and sprinkle lightly with
some sugar. Top with another sheet of dough, brush with butter, and sprinkle
with sugar. Repeat one more time for a total of 3 sheets.
Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough vertically into 5 strips,
approx. 3-inches wide. Then cut the strips horizontally in half. Place a
tablespoon of filling near the bottom of each strip. Roll the bottom of the dough
over the filling and continue to roll to the top of the strip. Place the strudels,
seam side down, about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Brush the
tops with melted butter.
Combine the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Sprinkle a little of the
cinnamon-sugar topping over each strudel. Bake mini strudels for 15 minutes.
Transfer the strudels to a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm or at room
temperature. Dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.
Phyllo are tissue-thin sheets of dough which can
be found fresh in Greek and Middle Eastern
markets, and in the frozen food section of most
grocery stores. The large sheets vary in size
(sometimes 12 x 17 inches or 14 x 18-inches) and
are packaged rolled in sheets of 20 to 25. Thaw
the package overnight or at room temperature for
a few hours. Keep the package closed while
thawing. Remove the thawed phyllo from the
package and unroll the sheets. Cover the unrolled
phyllo to keep it moist, as it dries out very quickly.
As you remove one sheet at a time, cover the
remainder. If you tear a sheet of phyllo while
working with it, don't worry, it will not show up in
the final product. If you have leftover phyllo, reroll
the sheets in their original wrapping or use plastic
wrap and put them back in the package,. The
unused phyllo can be stored in the refrigerator for
about a week or it can also be refrozen.