The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.
So this is my first Daring Bakers Challenge and I was so excited for it. The best part was that it was something completely new and really challenging. Strudel sounds hard, but it is really fun to make. The recipe involved stretching a dough to paper thinness, before adding the filling and rolling it up. Even though mine never got to the recommended size of 2×3 feet (something my dad thought was a crazy size!) it still turned out pretty incredible if I do say so myself.
I did a sort of test batch for my mom’s birthday. It was filled with cherries and chocolate and it turned out okay. My biggest mistake was putting too much filling so I only got two layers. It still tasted great though.
My successful batch, or what I count as my successful batch, surprised me with how good it tasted! Someone at work requested that I make them an apple strudel (not knowing about the Challenge, believe it or not). I wanted to do something a little more creative so I ended up making a mango apple strudel.
It was amazing. Seriously.
The sweetness of the mango went perfectly with the texture the apples provided. I ground up some walnuts to use as a little base and I had added a sugar/cardamom mixture to the mango and apple filling to give it a touch more sweetness. What was great was that it wasn’t too moist and the apples let the whole filling hold its shape a bit more. It wasn’t mush.
The flavour was sweet and delicious, I had no complaints and neither did anybody else! It was gone by the time I came home from work a few hours later.
This strudel was a huge accomplishment for me and now it’s a dessert that I would love to make again and again. I’m so happy I did this challenge and I can’t wait until the next one!
PS. What happened unfortunately with the pictures was I didn’t have the camera when it came out of the oven. Then I asked my parents to photograph it while I was at work. Today I realized that they just took this one photo. Now I know. hehe.