Vegan Apple Strudel
As it was Apple Day yesterday, I thought it was fitting to bake an autumn family favourite of apple strudel. Having the warm smell of apple and cinnamon fill the house on a crisp autumnal day gets my family ready for the cold winter days to come. Also, as we just found out that Jus-Roll pastry is actually vegan, we had to try it out!
- 3 cooking apples
- Lemon Juice
- 70g brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp flour
- Raisins (optional)
- Maple Syrup
- Plant Based Milk
- Icing Sugar for dusting
- Jus-Roll Puff Pastry
To begin with, you’ll need to preheat your oven to 220 fan / gas 7, then you’ll need quarter the apples, then chop into small “cube” shapes. Move the apples to one side in a medium - large bowl and drizzle with a bit of lemon juice (around half a lemon) to prevent discolouration.
In a small, separate bowl, combine the cinnamon, vanilla, and flour. Add this mixture to the apples and stir well. Next, you’ll need to add the brown sugar and raisins, if you’re using them, stirring well once again so they’re evenly distributed.
On a clean surface, sprinkle a little flour and lay out your pastry. Roll into a long rectangle about half a centimetre thick.
Place the filling lengthways along the pastry (if theres too much, don’t use it, you won’t want to overfill it). To roll the strudel, close one of the sides of the pastry ontop of the filling, then using a Maple Syrup and Milk mixture (I personally use almond milk, but any work) to act as an egg wash, spread along the upward facing side of the pastry, then fold over the second side to close off the bottom of the strudel.
To bake the strudel, cook for 20 minutes on 220 fan, then reduce the heat to 190 and cook for another 20-25 minutes to cook the centre. Your strudel will come out looking flaky and golden brown.
Leave to cool for 20 minutes before cutting. Best served warm with plant based cream or custard and tastes brilliant with a hot coffee.
This has been one of my favourite recipes over lockdown as it’s so easy to
prepare, even when making the pastry from scratch rather than using a pre-made packet.
Enjoy the warm flavours of autumn in a crisp pastry.
- Ellis Blackford