Apple strudel is one of the best desserts to enjoy and warm us up during the winter months. Although we think the original recipe is fantastic, we thought we could add a little Christmas spice to create a festive alternative to the traditional dessert. If you love mulled cider, then you will love this sweet, sharp and fragrant bowl of deliciousness. Enjoy with custard or, if you’re feeling cheeky, a helping of triple sec cream would go lovely!


Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 200ml cider
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 cloves
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 750g apples
  • 100g sultanas
  • 100g breadcrumbs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of half an orange
  • 8 large sheets of filo pastry



  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5/190°C/375°
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, bring the cider to the boil and then add the cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods and star anise. Turn to a low simmer for 15 minutes to infuse.
  3. Core, peel and chop the apples into 8 segments and then slice each, length ways, into equal bite size pieces.
  4. Strain the cider into a bowl and then back into the pan, add the sugar and reduce into thin syrup.
  5. Brown the bread crumbs in 50 grams of the butter and then mix with the apples, sultanas, lemon and orange into the syrup mixture. Don’t worry if the syrup hardens and does not mix well, it will when you cook the strudel in the oven.
  6. With the remaining butter, use to brush in-between each layer of filo pastry on top of baking paper.
  7. Add the mixture length ways in the centre of the pastry, egg wash the side you are rolling towards and then carefully roll over and tuck in underneath the mixture, like a giant cigar, letting the egg wash stick it all together. Fold in each side and egg wash to stick together.
  8. Carefully use the baking paper to pick up the strudel and stick onto a baking tray. Egg wash the entire strudel and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown.
  9. Tuck in!


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