German Apple Strudel
As I sit on a Mexico beach, we’re discussing all things #Easterbrunchweek! The main religion of Mexico is Catholicism so they’re big into Easter celebrations! We’ll miss actual Easter Sunday here but that hasn’t stopped us from catching glimpses of their Easter traditions! The pastries, oh my! I’m in love with Mexican baked goods 🙂 But let’s discuss a German dessert, shall we? This German Apple Strudel has definitely wormed it’s way into my heart!
This post was generously sponsored by WeWalka!
I made two different versions of this strudel, in order to cater to all the dietary needs and desires of my diverse family. I made a vegan version featuring the most tender, delectable puff pastry dough on the face of the Earth, WeWalka. Seriously, you guys, if and when you see this dough at your local grocery store, buy them ALL! It’s fantastic.
I also created a dairy and gluten free version of the German apple strudel for myself and my mom, as we’re both gluten intolerant. While it definitely wasn’t as flaky and tender as the WeWalka dough, it wasn’t bad at all! Whichever dough you choose, the filling is the same. Filled with the aromas of almond and cinnamon, I can guarantee this dessert will make you melt! It takes all of 8 ingredients and 30 minutes of your time. Top it with some coconut whipped cream or dairy-free vanilla ice cream. It’s heaven on Earth.
In addition to this apple version, I’ve also used the same doughs to create a huckleberry/apple version, strawberry cheesecake and a Nutella/banana version. All vegan (WeWalka is vegan friendly in and of itself!) and refined sugar free. I certainly impressed my coworkers when I brought in all these different strudels! Thank you, WeWalka, for sponsoring #Easterbrunchweek! We’re now obsessed with your pastry doughs!
Find WeWalka at most major grocery stores! Here’s a link to their store locator if you’re interested in trying them out: Store Locator. In addition to the puff pastry, they have a great line of pie crusts and pizza doughs to choose from as well!
German Apple Strudel
- 1 WeWalka pastry dough sheet Use Schar brand if gluten free
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 large Granny Smith apples cored, peeled, and diced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp coconut shortening for basting
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place pastry dough on parchment lined cookie sheet.
In a large food processor, combine walnuts and raisins together. Pulse until loose, crumbly mix appears.
Add vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey to walnut mixture. Pulse a couple of more times to combine ingredients.
In a small mixing bowl, toss diced apples in lemon juice and coconut sugar.
Spread walnut mixture down the center of the puff pastry dough. Top with apples.
Score pastry dough into strips on both sides of apple/walnut filling. Criss-cross strips across the filling to form a braid pattern.
Melt coconut shortening in microwave, about 30 seconds.
With a pastry brush, baste shortening on top of puff pastry. This will help pastry dough shine when cooked!
Bake in oven 30-40 minutes or until strudel is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
Top with coconut whipped cream or dairy-free ice cream. Enjoy!