Athens Fillo Dough makes it easy for the average baker to prepare delicious strudels featuring the satisfying combination of crispy phyllo dough accented by smooth, rich fillings.
Cleveland (PRWEB) July 12, 2010
Strudels, whether savory or sweet, are a superb fall dish to prepare for family and friends. Old-fashioned strudel is a cultural mainstay, but you don’t always have to make your grandmother’s strudel. Create new and exciting strudel recipes with a twist, using the classics as inspiration. Athens Fillo Dough makes it easy for the average baker to prepare delicious strudels featuring the satisfying combination of crispy phyllo dough accented by smooth, rich fillings.
Strudel has sustained its popularity for centuries mainly because it is a traditional, yet transformable concept. Originally an Austrian pastry named for its resemblance to a whirlpool – strudel literally means “whirlpool” in German – strudels were prepared with dough that was very elastic with flour, egg, butter, water and no additional sugar. The dough was rolled out and stretched by hand until it was very thin, so thin that one could read through it.*
Today, one of the best ways to achieve the paper-thin quality of classic strudel dough is to use phyllo dough. Phyllo dough is flaky layers of tissue thin pastry that contains no trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol. Homemade strudels have evolved with twists on traditional strudels including variations on the fillings, shapes and techniques used to create them.
A simple, yet effective technique to incorporate even more texture and flavor into a strudel, whether savory or sweet, is to layer the phyllo dough with ground nuts, cheese, sugar or cocoa powder. This savory dish, Phyllo Chicken Tagine, highlights almonds on the outside layer of phyllo for added crunch and a more unique presentation. Another savory example, Autumn Appetizer Strudel, features mushrooms, apples, brandy and thyme to create a tasty combination of flavors.
Dessert strudels have also evolved; this Cherry Ricotta Strudel is an example of using liquor to increase the recipe’s flavor by marinating the cherries in Cointreau to give them a bold, orange flavor. Another variation of the traditional dessert strudel is to create mini versions like this strudel-inspired Baked Apple Cannoli with Vanilla Cream Sauce.
Here are links to instructional videos for both of these dessert recipes to get you started. These are only a few of the many possibilities to transform the traditional strudel.
Homemade Cherry Ricotta Strudel
Baked Apple Cannoli with Vanilla Cream Sauce
You can make these recipes, or if you’re adventurous, use them as inspiration for your “twist” on strudel.
- German Food Guide. http://www.germanfoodguide.com/strudel.cfm
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