Quick and easy apple strudel

Jan 10, 2021
Sweet fruit flavours pair perfectly with flaky filo pastry and cinnamon. Source: Getty.

These super-simple strudels are great for sharing anytime of year. Serve with custard or ice-cream and enjoy!

Serves 6


  • 5 (750g) granny smith apples, peeled, quartered, cored, sliced
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra to serve
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 8 sheets filo pastry
  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla custard, to serve
  • Icing sugar, to serve


  1. Combine apples, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water in a large frying pan over medium heat. Cover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes or until apple is just tender. Remove lid. Stir in sultanas. Cook, uncovered, for a further 4 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  3. Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Place 1 sheet of pastry on a flat surface with 1 long side closest to you. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Top with 1 filo sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with another teaspoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat layering with pastry, melted butter and cinnamon-sugar mixture. Sprinkle filo stack with breadcrumbs.
  4. Leaving a 7cm edge, spoon apple mixture along the long edge closest to you, leaving a 9cm border at both short ends. Fold in ends and roll up to enclose filling. Transfer to prepared baking tray, seam-side down. Brush with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture.
  5. Bake strudel for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and crisp. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool. Serve with custard and sprinkle with icing sugar and a little extra cinnamon.

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