Apricot Strudel: Daring Bakers May 2009

May 27th, 2009
In a mixture of brown sugar, cardamom and nutmeg.

In a mixture of brown sugar, cardamom and nutmeg.

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.

As you can see, I didn’t make an apple strudel. I had a bunch of apricots, so I used them. They needed more sugar.

I taped two large sheets of parchment to the table, since I didn't have a tablecloth.

I taped two large sheets of parchment to the table, since I didn't have a tablecloth.

Part of the challenge was rolling out the dough so thin you could read through it.

hello!

hello!

I sprinkled roughly chopped pistachios on a piece of the dough and arranged the apricots on top, then sprinkled it with a teeensy bit of rosewater.

They look sweet, but they're not :(

They look sweet, but they're not :(

I didn’t have to form a horseshoe shape to fit the strudel on the pan, so…I didn’t.

Lumpy!

Lumpy!

I don’t think it would have bent easily anyway.

Too much leakage of super-fragrant juiciness :(

Too much leakage of super-fragrant juiciness :(

I had (for once!) extra egg whites, so I made some almond meringues to go along with the strudel. I don’t know why. But I like meringues!

Silly strudel!

Silly strudel!

Unfortunately, it was hot this past weekend and the meringues were super-sticky, but with some really awesome vanilla sugar whipped cream and the tart apricots, it sort of all comes together. I think I’m going to try making some kind of brown sugar syrup to drizzle the leftovers with or something, since more sugar is really all it needs.

I realize my strudel is unattractive, but I tried.

I realize my strudel is unattractive, but I tried.

I did really like the cardamom with the apricots, though. They really brought out a fruitiness in the cardamom that I hadn’t really noticed before.

Maybe I should've colored the meringues a little?

Maybe I should've colored the meringues a little?

I did have a lot of fun making and stretching the dough, and will absolutely do this again when I have another large amount of fruit.

This ridiculous breakfast brought to you by my lack of hunger the day before, when this was fresh and better.

This ridiculous breakfast brought to you by my lack of hunger the day before, when this was fresh and better.

Or maybe I’ll make a savory one for dinner this week…hmm, I was contemplating pot pie, but strudel sounds better!

Don't look so sad, pistachios!

Don't look so sad, pistachios!

Thanks to Linda and Courtney for a challenge that was lots of fun, and, while I didn’t get perfect results the first time, it’s a recipe I know I’ll use again, sooo…double thanks for that! You can check out their blogs for the original recipe.

10 Responses to “Apricot Strudel: Daring Bakers May 2009”

  1. Why do you call that ugly? Looks heavnly to me.

  2. Hey, I think this looks great! I love the meringue accompaniment and the apricot/pistachio combo sounds fabulous!

  3. Anula says:

    What a great looking strudel and the presentation too! You did a lovely job :)

  4. What a beautiful presentation! I love the combination of ingredients in your filling too!

  5. Feng says:

    I love the randomness of your meringues, brilliantly quirky!

  6. Lovely strudel and meringue pairing, and the apricot, pistachio, and rose water filling sounds delish!

  7. Lauren says:

    Yum! Your strudel looks awesome! I love the flavours you used =D.

  8. isa says:

    Apricot strudel sounds delicious!
    Love your step-by-step photos.
    Great job!

  9. Chantal says:

    MMMMMMMM I love the idea of combing apricot, cardamom, nutmeg and brown sugar.

    I’m amazed at how thin you were able to get your dough. The way the apricots sort of poke out in that pic you have with the just-rolled strudel, looks kind of like something you’d see in a sci-fi movie lol. Great job!

  10. Gabriella says:

    Great job! Beautiful strudel!

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