Shortcut Apple Strudel


Shortcut Apple Strudel

Enjoy the delicious homemade taste of a classic apple strudel dessert but without spending a ton of time in the kitchen. With this Shortcut Apple Strudel recipe from Campbell's Kitchen you can whip up some old-fashioned goodness for your family in practically no time! Made with prepared puff pastry crust, this is one of the easiest apple strudel recipes ever.


Recipe Tips:

  • For best results, make sure to toss the apples and raisins until they're evenly coated with the flour mixture. The flour helps to thicken the juices released by the apples as they cook.

  • For some nutty crunch, 1/4 cup sliced almonds may be added with the apples and raisins.

  • For a Vanilla Sauce to serve with the strudel, stir 3/4 cup milk, 1/2 cup light cream, 1/3 cup sugar, 4 egg yolks, beaten and 1/2 vanilla bean in a 2-quart saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the mixture boils and thickens. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove the vanilla bean. Any leftover sauce is delicious over fresh berries or ice cream.

  • For Pear and Cranberry Strudel, you can substitute Bosc pears and dried cranberries for the apples and raisins in this recipe.


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Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time35 min


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • Confectioners' sugar (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork. Stir the granulated sugar, flour and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the apples and raisins and toss to coat.

  3. Sprinkle additional flour on the work surface. Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 16 x 12-inch rectangle. With the short side facing you, spoon the apple mixture onto the bottom half of the pastry sheet to within 1 inch of the edge. Roll up like a jelly roll. Place seam-side down onto a baking sheet. Tuck the ends under to seal. Brush the pastry with the egg mixture. Cut several slits in the top of the pastry.

  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Let the pastry cool on the baking sheet on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the confectioners' sugar, if desired.

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Can you use a mix of wheat and white flour in your strudel recipe? I love that this is a dish you can make faster than the original. I like to keep some quick recipes on hand for the times I want something really good but have little time to make it or spend prepping.

I LOVE using frozen puff pastry when making strudel and people have told me that's just not the way it's done in Germany. Well, my friend's dad is a baker in Germany and he told her not to struggle with making strudel dough the old-fashioned way. He said that many bakers use the frozen phyllo pastry as well. I've tried both and must admit that the puff pastry is the easiest to work with. The recipe for Vanilla Sauce sounds delicious ... something I've had served with it in southern Germany, but the sauce was served warm. Do give it a try. I think you'll like it!


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