Recipe swap: deconstructed strudel

So another month has gone by and I am playing again with the fabulous recipes proposed by Christianna for her recipe swap at Burwell general Store. This month we were playing with Ozarkian Taffy Apples. As you can see below the recipe is a version of caramelized apples.

At first I thought about playing with apples and caramel and make something like a tarte tatin. But then I thought it was not that original, plus there are good tarte tatin recipes everywhere, so I decided to play with the shape. Carmelized apples are apples that are left whole and encased in something, so I thought about baking apples and encase them in puff pastry. And puff pastry plus apples remind me of strudel, so I added a little something to make it more strudel-y.

Recipe swap: deconstructed strudel

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 2 Servings

Recipe swap: deconstructed strudel


  • 2 apples
  • 1 spoon raisin
  • 1 spoon pine nuts
  • 2 cinnamon cookies
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • marsala for soaking raisins
  • 1 egg for brushing
  • cinnamon for decoration


  1. Frst I soaked the raisin in marsala and hot water. I washed and cored the apples (easier said than done when you don't have an apple corer). I blended the raisin with pine nuts and 2 cinnamon cookies and used the mixture to stuff the apples.
  2. Then I took the puff pastry and cut it into stripes that I wrapped around the apples and used the leftover pastry to cut a couple of leaves to decorate the apple. Finally, I brushed the puff pastry with egg wash and sprinkled some cinnamon for decoration.
  3. I baked the apples for about 40 minutes in a 380F oven.
  4. The apples turned out good, but one of the two "unwrapped' during cooking. I suspect I should have refrigerated the wrapped apples before putting them in the oven so that the puff pastry wouldn't "melt" down. Here a pic of both apples.
  5. Remember to check out what my fellow blogger did. You can find links to their recipes at Burwell general Store.

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13 Responses to Recipe swap: deconstructed strudel

  1. thefrugalflambe says:

    Wow! Did that come out gorgeous or what?! I love it. Nice job.

  2. Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen says:

    what an inspiring twist on our recipe!! I love it- even the unwrapped one looks heavenly. It's been years since I've had a baked apple, and now I want to go put one in the oven 🙂

  3. Manu says:

    Very clever idea!!! It looks great and I can only imagine how good it tastes!!!

  4. sara @ CaffeIna says:

    Oh my goodness Pola, this is wonderful. You did an amazing job on this recipe swap! Very original

  5. Pola says:

    Glad you enjoyed my take on the apples… If someone has a scoop on apple wrapping please let me know!

  6. says:

    Pola, this looks sooooo gooooood! Beautiful job!

  7. Sandra says:

    Nicely done Pola..I love this kind of recipe..and you really made it to look extremely tasty!!!

  8. Monique says:

    Love the Marsala stuffing in the apples! Great take on the Taffy recipe.

  9. Parsley Sage says:

    Great take on the taffy apple recipe! Well done 🙂

  10. Kelly says:

    Oh this looks so good!! Might have to try this one myself very soon! 🙂

  11. claire says:

    i am glad to know i wasnt the only one who struggled a little with this recipe swap. Looks gorgeous though- delicious and perfect!

  12. Boulder Locavore says:

    Hi Pola! Love this! I do like the flavors of taffy apples but not the form. THIS I would happily eat all day long! Great job.

  13. Burwell General Store says:

    Pola thank you for participating! This looks comforting and delicious, what a great twist on the original recipe. I hope to see you again next month!!!

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