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Easy Apple Strudel

 Easy Apple Strudel
"My family always loves it when I make this wonderful dessert," writes Joanie Fuson of McCordsville, Indiana. "Old-fashioned strudel was too fattening and time-consuming, but this revised classic is just as good. It's best served warm from the oven."
4 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped peeled apples
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Directions

  • In a microwave-save bowl, combine the raisins, water and almond
  • extract. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-1/2 minutes, let stand
  • for 5 minutes. Drain. Add the apples, 1/3 cup sugar, flour and
  • cinnamon; toss to coat. Set aside.
  • Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface. Combine butter and
  • oil; set aside 2 teaspoons. Lightly brush some of the remaining
  • butter mixture over phyllo dough. Keep remaining phyllo dough
  • covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to avoid drying out.
  • Layer with 7 more sheets of phyllo, brushing each layer with some of
  • the butter mixture. Spread apple mixture over phyllo to within 2 in.
  • of one long side. Fold the short edges over filling. Roll up
  • jelly-roll style, starting from the long side where the apple

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Easy Apple Strudel (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • filling is 2 in. from edge.
  • Place seam side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • With a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits into top of strudel. Brush
  • with reserved butter mixture. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at
  • 350° for 35-40 minutes or until golden. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 205 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 121 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch, 1 fruit.