If you don’t already know, I’m a geeky von dweeby who loves a good video game. The big screen adaptation of World of Warcraft, aptly named Warcraft, is coming out soon and it looks both terrible and pretty fun. We’ll see how it goes in the viewing.
I decided to recall a familiar Warcraft food item, Conjured Mana Strudel, as an IRL easy apple strudel. Traditional apple strudel is usually a very thin pastry rolled around the filling and sliced, but to imagine it as the video game treat (see below), I decided to cut them into individual pastries and braid the dough as seen in the game itself.
I went with my gut (literally) on picking apple as the filling. It just felt like the right bet and recalls the traditional recipes. Plus, it’s just delicious. An easy apple strudel is always a good bet for company. They never have to know it’s also a super geeky recipe. Here are a few more geeky recipes from my archive, if you’re interested:
- Rustic honeyed chicken hand pies from Game of Thrones
- Gingerbread Wookiee cookies
- Harry Potter-inspired butterbeer cake
- Guardians of the Galaxy cake
- Harry Potter-inspired butterbeer
- Harry Potter-inspired pumpkin pasties (two ways!)
- Marbled dinosaur eggs
Soaking the raisins to soften them up.
Sauteeing the bread crumbs with cinnamon and sugar.
Making the apple filling is dead easy.
Let’s see how this easy apple strudel is made!
- 2 sheets of regular or puff pastry, thawed
- 1 Tbsp of flour for dusting
- 3 Tbsp of unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup white, plain bread crumbs
- 2 medium-sized apples (I used a mix of Jazz and Pink Lady)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 3 Tbsp granulated sugar or sugar substitute
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 egg for egg wash
- Preheat oven to 375º F.
- Soak raisins in a cup of warm water for about 10 minutes to soften.
- Melt butter in a skillet and sauté the bread crumbs, stirring until golden brown. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and one tablespoon of sugar. Mix well, remove from heat, and set aside.
- Peel the apples, remove the core, and cut into small pieces. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Mix in half cup of sugar. Drain the raisins and mix in with the apple slices.
- Roll each thawed, room temperature dough sheet on a lightly floured surface to about 12x15 inches. Cut them into 12 parts.
- Spread some of the bread crumbs in the middle of each pastry, lengthwise. Leave a little space on top and bottom. Spoon the apple/raisin mixture on top of the breadcrumbs.
- Cut 4-5 angled slices in the sides of each pastry. Fold the pastry strips over the apple, alternating sides, like a braid. Tuck in each end to keep the filling from falling out.
- Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush on top of each braid.
- Place the braids on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden on top.
If you make this recipe, share a photo and hashtag it #BIJOUXANDBITS. I’d love to see what you’re cooking!