Last week, my 90-year-old grandma gave apple strudel making lessons! She was excited about sharing her knowledge, and we were excited about learning her technique. She had 3 copies of her recipe already handwritten for each of us along with a square of cotton sheet cut and hemmed for us to take home. The cotton cloth is the secret to successful strudel rolling!
My step-mom(Barbara), myself, and my cousin's wife(Denise) watched intently as she rolled out the dough almost paper thin. Barbara asked how old her rolling pin was. Grandma Bessie replied, "You'd have to ask MY grandma". I think it is safe to say it is an antique!
Here is mine all buttered and ready for the oven. We wrapped them and placed them in the freezer until the end of the day and baked them at home.
My most memorable moment of the day was when Grandma Bessie told me she was so excited to have been able to teach three teachers something they didn't already know! (Denise and I are currently teaching, and Barbara is a retired homemaking teacher and counselor.) Grandma's filling is chopped apples, crushed saltine crackers, chopped pecans, raisins, coconut, sugar and cinnamon sprinkled on the dough that is covered with melted butter.
I hope to make some strudel soon and take more photos of the steps involved. I was too busy watching and helping to take my usual photos!
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