Elsie's Strudel

This is my Hungarian grandmother's recipe for strudel but I suspect they were so poor when she was little they couldn't afford to buy apples[ to make the traditional filling. If you saute cabbage in butter and sweeten it a bit, it taste and feels a lot like cooked apples. So I think that's why she did that. I remember her making it when I was little but she never taught me. Later as I was rummaging through her recipe card files, I found the secret recipe! Of course, she made her strudel dough from scratch. In those days families were big with lots of children so plenty of hands to stand all around the table and pull strudel dough. Now a days with 2.5 children and 2 working parents there's no way to do it at home. I have my grandmother's white linen table cloths from her dowry which were always put down to cover the gigantic dining room table to pull the dough on. I think these good linen tablecloths were primarily used for pulling strudel dough versus having company over for a lavish meal, which would have been pricey then and possibly beyond my families means.]

Total Time:
1 hr
30 min
30 min

8 servings
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