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Klara's Apple Strudel Recipe - Croatian Strudel od Jakuba


Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel

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This recipe for Croatian apple strudel, strudel od jakuba, is made with filo dough and is from Klara Cvitanovich of New Orleans. This is one of the desserts, along with fritule and krostule, she serves her family for the Christmas holidays. The pita or pastry dough was always made by hand but, now, with filo dough so readily available, Cvitanovich uses it to make her strudel. You might also enjoy reading all about Croatian strudel.

Makes 2 large Croatian Apple Strudels

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 10 sheets thawed filo dough
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) melted butter
  • 5 tart apples like Granny Smith, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dark or light raisins
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a clean, dry dish towel, place 1 sheet filo dough. Brush lightly with melted butter, beginning with edges and working toward the center. Repeat with 4 more sheets of filo dough, placing them one on top of the other. Remember to butter the fourth sheet.

  2. Place half the sliced apples evenly along one long side of filo dough in about a 4-inch-wide strip. Then sprinkle half the nuts, raisins, zest, sugar and breadcrumbs over the apples. Roll jellly-roll fashion, using dish towel as an aid. Turn the ends under. Brush the entire strudel with melted butter. Place seam-side down on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Repeat with remaining 5 filo sheets and rest of filling.

  3. Bake about 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, cool and dust with confectioners' sugar.
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