If someone has won a huge nationally televised baking competition, it's a good bet that they have a few can't-miss recipes in their arsenal. Baking Champion Brian Emmett is bake to share one of his favorite recipes; it's his Apple Strudel!
You can use store bought puff pastry or phyllo dough for this recipe for ease or follow recipe below for homemade quick puff pastry.
5 granny smith apples peeled and diced
1 stick of butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 brown sugar
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
Ground cinnamon and nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Teaspoon of vanilla
Melt ½ of butter in large sauté pan then add diced apples. Add remaining ingredients and cook apples on stove until caramelized about 20 minutes, let cool. Using either puff pastry or phyllo dough, brush dough with remaining 1/2 stick of butter (if using phyllo dough you need to brush all layers, roughly 10 layers or desired thickness). Place cooked apples with some of the juices (save some of the apples to serve with strudel) on bottom 1/3 of dough and start to roll until you form a log. Brush with butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over dough. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degree oven and bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
Quick Puff Pastry
1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cup of cake flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 pound of butter diced
1/2 cup of water
Stir together flours, salt and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, scatter butte over flour mix to combine then add water until mixed in but butter is still in pieces. Transfer dough to floured surface and pat into a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick. Roll dough out to about 12” x 6” and about 1/2 inch thick. With the short side facing you fold the bottom third half way up and then do the same with the top third, like folding a letter. Then rotate clockwise so seam is at you left. Then roll out again to 12” x 6” and repeat 5 times (refrigerate dough for 20 minutes after each turn so butter will not soften). Cover dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight.
When ready to use on lightly floured surface roll dough out to roughly 12” x 9” and then you can layer apples and roll or use dough for your favorite recipe.