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Braided Apple Strudel with Walnuts, Raisins, & Dried Cranberries

This Braided Apple Strudel features a gorgeous filling made with apples, walnuts, raisins, and cranberries wrapped in a flaky puff pastry. Perfect for fall but can be enjoyed any time of the year!

This Braided Apple Strudel looks super fancy and takes only 30 minutes to make! The filling also features walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries! | yummyaddiction.com

Red, yellow, green, pink, russet or multi-colored… Sweet or tart, with hints of pineapple, apricot, strawberry and many others… Firm, crisp, crunchy… Apple season has finally arrived!

Farmers’ market shelves are bursting with all kinds of these delicious fruits and as an avid apple eater, I couldn’t be happier about that. Even though supermarkets offer apples all year round, I prefer to stick with local fresh produce and enjoy them from late summer to early spring, when they are at their best.

This Braided Apple Strudel looks super fancy and takes only 30 minutes to make! The filling also features walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries! | yummyaddiction.com

I try to eat an apple almost every single day this time of the year + fall is the season for apple pies, cakes, strudels, cookies, YUM! These delicious goodies warm me up from the inside and make me forget about the rain outside the window and the days getting chillier.

Today I craved something baked with apples really bad but was too lazy / tired to spend time in the kitchen making my own dough. Then I remembered seeing an easy braided apple strudel made with puff pastry on TV some time ago and decided to recreate the recipe myself. This happened to be the best idea I’ve had in a long time.

This Braided Apple Strudel looks super fancy and takes only 30 minutes to make! The filling also features walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries! | yummyaddiction.com

Without a further ado, let me tell you more about the contents of this bad boy. The filling features apples, dried cranberries, raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, and nutmeg. All this goodness is then encased in a flaky puff pastry crust. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? This strudel tastes like fall!

Another great thing about this strudel is how easy the process of making it is. Just throw all the filling ingredients into a skillet for 5 minutes and then wrap it in a thawed puff pastry. The “braid” making technique is pretty simple too. And that’s it!

Sweet braids are awesome but you can also make savory ones like this Chicken Broccoli Braid with sweet canned corn!

This Braided Apple Strudel looks super fancy and takes only 30 minutes to make! The filling also features walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries! | yummyaddiction.com

This braided apple strudel looks so great that everyone will think that you spent hours making it when you pull it from the oven. Well, they don’t have to know the truth, right? Let it stay between us (wink). This Braided Apple Strudel looks super fancy and takes only 30 minutes to make! The filling also features walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries! | yummyaddiction.com

This Braided Apple Strudel looks super fancy and takes only 30 minutes to make! The filling also features walnuts, raisins, and dried cranberries! | yummyaddiction.com
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Braided Apple Strudel with Walnuts, Raisins, & Dried Cranberries
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This apple strudel is super easy and quick to make and is guaranteed to leave your guests in awe. It tastes like fall!

Servings: 8 people
Calories: 302 kcal
Author: Yummy Addiction
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) butter
  • 2 cups thinly sliced apples (3-4 medium apples)
  • 4 tablespoons (40g) golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup (25g) chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 of a 17.3 oz. package puff pastry sheets (1 sheet) , thawed
  • 1 egg , beaten
  • powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the sliced apples, raisins, cranberries, walnuts, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and cook for 5-7 minutes until the apples soften a little bit but are still firm. Let cool.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet into 12x9 inch rectangle. Place it on a parchment paper lined sheet pan.

  4. Spread the apple filling over the center of the pastry sheet creating a log. Cut slits 1 inch apart along the two sides of the sheet to within ½ ­inch of the filling.

  5. Fold the strips over the filling, alternating left and right to create a braid. When it comes to the other end, fold the end and finish the final strips to secure. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg.

  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let it cool before slicing. Sprinkle with the powdered sugar and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Braided Apple Strudel with Walnuts, Raisins, & Dried Cranberries
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.7g 27%
Cholesterol 27.6mg 9%
Sodium 86.6mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 34.7g 12%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3.9g 8%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    MAry Beth
    October 27, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Is it ok to make this the night before in case you need it for a brunch item?
    Looks great! I will be making it this weekend.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Jovita
      October 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Mary, if you want to leave it unbaked overnight, I am not sure that’s a good idea because it can become too soggy. If you want to bake it the day before, well that’s not a problem. But of course this strudel will always taste the best the same day 🙂

  • Reply
    MAry Beth
    October 27, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Also what is the extra cook time if making two?

    • Reply
      Jovita
      October 28, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      I am not sure because I only made one at a time. Just until both strudels are golden brown 🙂

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