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How to Make Cheese Strudel

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Like many other Eastern European church groups in the United States, the Serbian Sisters' Kolo, which means "circle," of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, Ind., still hand stretches strudel dough to make sweet and salty (savory) cheese, apple and cherry strudels three times a year -- Easter, Christmas and for Serb Fest in the summer. They make thousands, plus nutrolls and palachinkes.

These devoted women, most in their 70s and 80s, have been making strudels at the church for 40 years or more. It's a dying art but one the ladies are anxious to pass on to the next generation.

Hand stretching strudel dough is a skill that takes years to develop, but it's not impossible! Learn how the St. Sava Kolo does it in these step-by-step photos. You can order a St. Sava Serbian Sisters' Circle Cookbook under Goods and Services on the right.

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    Five-Pound Portions of Strudel DoughStrudel Dough Is Portioned into Five-Pound PiecesStrudel Dough Is Rolled Into a Circle and Then Rests Before StretchingStrudel Dough Is Rolled and Then Rests Before StretchingStrudel Dough Is Smeared with Oil Before StretchingStrudel Dough Is Smeared With Oil Before StretchingCheese Strudel Dough Is Stretched Thinner and ThinnerStrudel Dough Is Stretched Thinner and Thinner
    Strudel Dough Becomes Thinner and Thinner with Gentle StretchingStrudel Dough Becomes Thinner and Thinner with Gentle StretchingStrudel Dough Stretched Paper ThinStrudel Dough Stretched Paper ThinProperly Stretched Strudel Dough Is So Thin You Can Read a Newspaper Through ItProperly Stretched Strudel Dough Is So Thin You Can Read a Newspaper Through ItSix Double Banquet Tables Are Used to Make StrudelSix Double Banquet Tables Are Used to Make Strudel
    Strudel Dough Is Lifted to Allow It to Dry Slightly Before FillingStrudel Dough Is Lifted to Allow It to Dry Slightly Before FillingHeavy Edges of Strudel Dough Are Cut OffHeavy Edges of Strudel Dough Are Cut OffStrudel Dough Is Sprinkled with Melted Butter Prior to Filling and RollingStrudel Dough Is Sprinkled with Melted Butter Prior to Filling and RollingCheese Filling Is Placed on the Strudel DoughCheese Filling Is Placed on the Strudel Dough
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