apple and sultana strudel biscuits
200g plain flour
100g ground almonds
185g butter – room temperature
2 tablespoons golden caster sugar
cold water (roughly 4 tablespoons)
for the filling
2 local apples of any variety – finely grated
a handful of almond slithers
2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 or 3 tablespoons of jam or marmalade of your choice
makes roughly 20 strudel biscuits
start with the pastry by tipping the flour and ground almonds into a large bowl and rubbing in the butter with your fingers. Keep them light and quick to ensure there’s plenty of air, then once you have the consistency of breadcrumbs stir in the sugar.
add the water and using a knife, stir together. Once it starts to form a ball, get in with you hands and bring it all together to form a solid ball
pat the pastry out to a thick flat disk and wrap in clingfilm, then pop in the fridge for at least half an hour
once you’re ready to make the strudel, turn the oven on to 160C and prepare two baking sheets with parchment or greaseproof paper
divide your pastry into two and place one back in the fridge, then flour your work surface liberally and roll out the pastry to as thin as you dare, trying to keep it in a rough oblong shape – this really doesn’t matter too much as the little biscuits should have a rough and ready look to them. Ensure the pastry is loose underneath before you start to add the toppings
spread 2 tablespoons of jam or marmalade onto the pastry, trying to go as close to the edges as possible, then evenly spread out the grated apple, sultanas and sprinkle on the almond slithers and cinnamon
carefully roll up the pastry, starting from the edge nearest you… try and roll it as tight as possible but again this isn’t a huge issue… then cut the sausage shape into biscuits roughly 1 and 1/2 inches wide and place them on the baking sheet with a gap between each one
repeat with the second piece of pastry, then brush the top of each one with an egg wash and then bake for at least 20 minutes or until golden and sticky… allow to cool on a rack before scoffing
these lovely petite autumnal biscuits are being linked up to treat petite hosted by Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer
i’m also linking to credit crunch munch founded by Fab Food 4 All and Fuss Free Flavours and hosted this month by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, because this little biscuits are superbly cheap and cheerful
because i’m using left-over pastry i’m linking this recipe to the brilliant no waste food challenge founded by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary and hosted this month by It’s Not Easy Being Greedy
of course this being my mums recipe i’m linking it to inheritance recipes hosted by Coffee and Vanilla and Pebble Soup
eat and of course, enjoy!
Camilla Hawkins says
Love these Dom, genius idea and great for all the wonderful autumn apples around right now:-) Thanks for entering this thrifty recipe into #CreditCrunchMunch:)
These look absolutely scrummy. I tried something a month ago but cooked each puff pastry bun in a muffin tin. They ended up soggy, delicious but soggy! These are perfect, the same flavours, ooh and I love the use of ground almonds in the pastry. Definitely giving these a go. Thanks to your mum and you for sharing. Sammie http://www.feastingisfun.com
Oh Dom, you've made me feel all warm & festive with your wonderful description of the Christmas market in Louth! x PS I love the bonfire video you made for Taste Kitchen
Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla says
Thank you for sharing these beauties with Inheritance Recipes, I need to make them right now… never had a proper strudel biscuits in my life!
I also really enjoyed ready story of the Christmas market… especially the part about the puppies 🙂
Kate Glutenfreealchemist says
Not sure I'm quite ready for Christmas! But hey…. maybe with a little festive fun, I will feel more enthusiastic. These little biscuits are definitely full of seasonal flavours though….. I love apple and cinnamon together!
Enjoyed the little Asda clip…. looking forward to the festive favourites!
Baking Addict says
Counting down to Christmas and these would be perfect to start the festive eating. I love apple strudel and this looks absolutely divine. Christmas magic and big fluffy puppies is a definite winner!
Solange Berchemin says
When I was in Vienna, I covered a photo-tour of the town and the organiser made me an apple strudel. I felt very special. Yours looks different but special too.
Solange Berchemin says
Thank you for adding it to the Inheritance Recipes challenge
Karen S Booth says
FABULOUS recipe and very poignant post too Dom! MUST enter Inheritance recipes too! Karen
Caroline Taylor says
How fun to do the filming and what a lovely recipe; they sound delicious.
Choclette Blogger says
I'm in love with Louth and want to go there for Christmas. I'm in love with your mum's biscuits and I'm in love with this post.
Lucy Corry - The Kitchenmaid says
OMG, amazing Dom! I am a sucker for sultanas in anything (which is funny, because they are so glam). Definitely keen to give these a whirl x
What a lovely idea, and a nice change from mince pies. Gorgeous.
Kat BakingExplorer says
So Christmassy! I am drooling over these! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite.
Mmm yum! These sound absolutely fantastic and perfect with a cuppa on these cold days. Thank you for sharing with Credit Crunch Munch and the No Waste Food Challenge! 🙂
So festive and pretty – thanks so much for sharing with the no waste food challenge – the write up is now live, very sorry for the delay. Once my kitchen is sorted I'll be making some!