Fall Apple Strudel

by Heather Macdonald


  • 1 1/4 cups apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 pounds gala, zestar or honey crisp apples**, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4-inch thick (about 5 cups)
  • 1/2 cup dark seedless raisins
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 6 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1/3 cup (5 1/3 tablespoons) melted butter
  • 6 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for garnish
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, create a slurry by combining 1/4 cup of the apple cider with the cornstarch. Mix until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the apples with the remaining 1 cup apple juice, raisins, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon until the apples are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir the cornstarch slurry (it may have settled) and add it to the apple mixture, stirring constantly until smooth and lump free. Simmer for 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and cool. Stir in the pecans, cover and chill.
  4. Lay out 1 phyllo sheet on a clean, flat, lightly floured surface. Brush with some melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon graham cracker crumbs. Repeat this procedure with two more layers of phyllo, butter and breadcrumbs. Top with the sixth sheet of phyllo.
  5. Spread the apple filling evenly onto the phyllo surface, leaving a 1/2-inch clean edge on all sides. Roll into a log, folding the edges at each end beneath the log and brush with some melted butter. Carefully place the strudel on the prepared baking sheet, seam-side down.
  6. Bake the strudel until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Cut threee slits in the top of the pastry for ventilation.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes before cutting into 2-inch slices. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and cinnamon just before serving. Serve plain or with ice cream.

** Available at Dick’s Market Garden tent