Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Strudel.....First time in my 5th Daring bakers challenge !!!

I read before about strudel, but never tried to make it... for me, nothing new or creative in it.. just fill some phylo dough.. that's all !
But now I admit , doing it from scratch is really "fun" !!
My hubby, my kids and me really enjoyed it.
In Egypt we have "fettir" it is something like pie, nobody can make it perfectly except some bakers who are really specialized in making it, just for making "fettir", it is like a pie and the original kind of it is plain and we use to eat it with honey, mollasses or a kind of cheese called "mesh",it is a kind of cheese prepared by marinating it for a long period .
But now we can find several kinds of fetir "savoury" and stuffed.

It is just like strudel in the preparing technique, but we use to make it round with a lot of layers.

There are shops that specialize in fettir only, Making fettir is an art, unfortunately fewer people everyday have the know-how of making fettir.
I felt that making strudel from scratch as a process will not be strange to me.
I let doing it for the last day because I was so busy.
But the results were amazing , and we really loved it !!
The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers.
Thanks Linda, thanks courtney ! The recipe was really awesome !
I made three kinds, the original one "apple strudel", but I used orange juice instead of rum.
I made another batch of dough and made a savoury strudel, I stuffed it with a very middle eastern dish wich is "Shawerma" and "middle eastern rice flavored with cardamom and cinnamon" .

I had some dough so, I filled it with rasberry puree, and it was nice too !!
Trying to make the dough more and more thinner was really exciting for all my family members and of course for me.
this is my photo when I was 3 years old ! I did not know at this time that I will be a daring baker :)))

And here you are the same picture after 32 years soo clear under the thin layer of my strudel dough !
My kids photo too was a part in this wonderful strudel's party..

The question now is that I have a lot of strudel now at home, we will not be able to finish it in one night, what can I do ??
It can be freezed well :)))
Can't wait to know what is the next challenge !!!!
Love from my heart to all of you, daring bakers are the best !!!!


  1. I LOVE your own cultural take on the strudel, and they came out gorgeous! Also love the photo of you as a kidlet to show how sheer your dough was. Beautiful job!

  2. Your blog is so good to visit your flavour combinations are so interesting and exotic full of references to foods and things I have never hear of- I would love to try your "Shawerma" and "middle eastern rice flavoured with cardamom and cinnamon". Your pastry is so thin and so flaky was it as good as the best fettir that you have tried definitely the most intriguing variation I have seen so far while visiting the DBers blogs. I just love your comments about the culture in Egypt I always learn so much from you . I adore the pictures under the stretched pastry – you are very proud of them. Bravo on our fantastic strudel which stayed true to your culture and also to the spirit of the challenge very well done. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

  3. woow shosh ,,,,
    your work sooo beautiful
    i love it

    see u inshallah

  4. Looks great! So much fun to involve your family as well. Wonderful job.

  5. Thank you! Everyone seems to be in love with Humza & by his impression judging my strudel hehe which I would say is good! =))
    mashALLAH you got the dough so thin & the layers came out so perfect gorgeous!, love the fillings! Your kids are mashALLAH cute and so were you! Thank you for dropping by and for the wonderful comments. =)

  6. MachAllah I am orginally from Hungary living in Algeria ... so I know all about strudel. I too, love how to filled it with chawarma - so inventive. I am going to try this I am sure my husband will love it!

  7. Thank you all
    you are all sooo wonderful and i am a bad girl
    but really I can not find enough time even to comb my hair..:)))
    Thanks Audax, you are so sweet i love your work very much
    Lisa, thanks a lot,thanks for your nice & kind words
    youyou love you
    Claire, sweettakery, touria
    thanks a lot
    Heni, so nice of you,and glad to know you too, try shawerma strudel,you will love it !!


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