Garden apple strudel- the cheats way!

I can’t believe this is party #24 at Fiesta Friday! I’m exhausted just thinking about it and I’ve missed a few… Angie at the novice gardener must be in a constant party-like-state, I couldn’t do it, I just don’t have the stamina!

This week I’m bringing a really quick and easy bake, inspired by a cookbook collection cheats chocolate ganache tarts post yesterday, (if you haven’t met Donna, then you really should go visit). Donna’s post described how she cheated by using shop bought pastry tarts; just like Donna, when I’m feeling that life is just too short to spend hours making pastry, I cheat too!

All this pastry talk reminded me of a quick bake I did last week. I needed to free up space in the freezer and all the other ingredients I needed were in the pantry, so that was free and easy. I should point out at this stage, that because I was clearing the freezer and cooking half a dozen other things that evening, I didn’t take many photos!

The apples I used were the last of the amazing crop to come from The Glen House garden. They had been sat in the freezer alongside my emergency stash of frozen pastry. Once again, free and easy!

This is not a classic apple strudel please don’t moan, this is my cobbled together, ‘out-of-the-freezer-and-pantry’ strudel…..


375g ready-rolled puff pastry
Flour for dusting
4 medium bramley apples
100g sultanas
100g pecans
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp milk
Caster sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180°C, I of course turned the rayburn off! On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry, so it is thinner than a coin.

Chop the apples and spread over the pastry, making sure the apple is evenly spread, followed by the pecans and sultanas and a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. I used these nuts and spices because I love the taste, you can leave them out….


Press the pastry together along the seam, seal with a fork and brush all over with milk. Transfer to a lined baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes until golden and puffed up. Leave to cool on a wire rack. When cold, sprinkle with some caster sugar, then cut into slices.


It was delicious served alongside another freezer cheat- shop bought icecream!

Happy Friday,

Melissa xx

60 thoughts on “Garden apple strudel- the cheats way!

  1. I love apple strudel but have never tried to make it myself. It shouldn’t be too much work with the storebought dough. So I really have to get going with this. 🙂 haha, thanks for sharing, Melissa!
    And I’m stunned that we’ve partied so often already!


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  3. What a great creation to make while cleaning out your freezer too. They look absolutely beautiful. It’s totally okay to “cheat” too. Happy fiesta friday and have a wonderful weekend!


  4. Sometimes cheat recipes make the best recipes, and I adore this one! Thanks so much for sharing it at Fiesta Friday. Have a great weekend! 🙂


  5. Looks wonderful. Every now and then we all cheat and the results are usually fabulous, the best part being able to make it quicker! Even better is finding everything in the house and not needing to go to the store!


  6. Hi Melissa – co-host here!! I can hardly believe that this is the 24th Fiesta – I really don’t know how Angie does it every single week,,,so lovely to see a post from you. Your strudel looks and sounds delicious – who cares if you had a helping hand? Now you have room in your pantry and freezer and you have a delicious treat to hand! Happy Fiesta Friday!


  7. It’s good to see you back at FF. That strudel looks amazing. I don’t care how one comes up with recipes because, as they say, the proof is in the pudding, or rather strudel. I have all the same ingredients as you in freezer and pantry, so really should try it as part of my ‘clean-up’ – and who will know but me? Happy Fiesta Friday and will be watching for your next posts.


  8. Oh, those photos. If only I could reach in and take a piece or two… You have me in the mood for apple strudel now. You’re so good to have reserves in your freezer. I really need to get better at that!! As always, wonderful post Melissa! ❤


  9. It looks yummy! With some custard or vanilla ice cream… Mmmmm! I love puff pastry but I don’t think I would ever dare making it at home. Not in the winter, not with the AC on, let alone in the summer!


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