Apfelstrudel (Apple strudel) is a traditional Austrian dessert. It is also known in most of the countries which formed the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.
The recipe came over the Ottoman Empire to Austria. A sweet related to Strudel is Baklava. Strudel is named for the first time in 1696. It gained popularity through Empress Maria Theresia.
The Strudel consists of a thin, elastic pastry. The filling consists of sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and bread crumbs . The apples should be juicy, firm and sweet-and-sour. Preparing of the original strudel dough is a difficult process so you can also buy Strudel pastry. Another way to make Apple strudel is the using of puff pastry which you can also buy in a super market. Traditionally the strudel is served warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Also vanilla sauce is popular in many countries.
Another strudel which is poular in Austria is the Topfenstrudel. Here the apple filling is replaced by a Topfen filling (with sweet soft quark cheese, in German Topfen cheese).