Mennonite Apple Strudel


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 5 cups sliced apples
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup seedless raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Grated rind of 1 lemon


  1. Sift the flour and salt together.
  2. Cut in the shortening and add the eggs and water.
  3. Knead well, then throw or beat the dough against a board until it blisters.
  4. Stand the dough in a warm place under a cloth for 20 minutes.
  5. Cover the kitchen table with a small white cloth and flour it. Put the dough on it and pull it out with your hands very carefully to the thickness of tissue paper.
  6. Spread with a mixture of the fruits, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and lemon rind. Fold in the outer edges of the dough and roll like a jellyroll - about 4 inches wide.
  7. Bake in a very hot oven (450 degrees F) for 10 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake about 20 minutes longer.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Cut into slices about 2 inches wide. It should be flaky and moist.

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