Hey everyone! Claire here, with another installment of my food-inspired-by-film series. Today I’m going to be sharing a recipe for Hungarian style cinnamon apple strudel with mascarpone, inspired by the movie Shop Around the Corner (the original movie You’ve Got Mail is based on). But before I get into it, I need to make a full disclosure: Jimmy Stewart is my everything.
He’s earnest, and funny, and handsome—not too handsome, and self-deprecating, but still passionate, and whip smart. Yep, I’m obsessed! And I’m a huge fan of so many more of his films (particularly A Philadelphia Story and Anatomy of a Murder). But Shop Around the Corner is a great movie, and quite possibly my favorite Jimmy Stewart Christmas film.
Have you seen You’ve Got Mail? Of course you have! It’s amazing. It’s a classic. And remember how Meg Ryan’s bookstore is called “The Shop Around the Corner”? There’s a reason for that. Jimmy Stewart starred in the OG You’ve got Mail, alongside Margaret Sullivan, as two music shop employees who hate each other, but are unknowingly writing to each other as pen pals. The film is set in Budapest, so for today’s recipe, I thought it was appropriate to whip up a Hungarian-inspired Apple Strudel. This is probably one of my favorite things I’ve made in a while. Just make sure to serve it with piles and piles of whipped cream. Happy Holidays, everyone!
Hungarian-Inspired Apple Streudel
For 3 medium logs, enough for 12 generous servings
- 4 to 6 pink lady apples (granny smith or your favorite baking apple is fine), peeled, cored and cut into thin strips
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup finely chopped walnuts
- ½ cup mascarpone
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 1 pound package phyllo dough
For the breadcrumbs
- 1 ½ fine breadcrumbs
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1. As you peel and dice the apples, sprinkle with lemon juice and mix frequently to prevent browning, or toss in iced water with some lemon juice.
2. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the apples, sugar, 1 cup of water, and salt. Let it come to a low boil, and cook until the liquid evaporates and the consistency of the remaining fruit is thicker than preserves/apple sauce, about 30 to 35 minutes. Stir often to prevent burning on the bottom. Refrigerate the apple filling at least overnight (it last in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container) and stir in the mascarpone.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Then, on a sheet of waxed paper, lay out the first layer of phyllo dough. The dough dries out quickly, so keep other layers not in use covered with a damp cloth over a sheet of waxed paper.
4. Using a pastry brush, gently brush the butter onto the entire sheet of dough. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture over the entire surface. Repeat for an additional 4 layers so each roll has a total of 5 layers of phyllo dough.
5. Using a spoon, add a row of the apple filling an inch or two from the bottom of the dough. Do not overstuff or the strudel will burst when baking. Lift the bottom edge of the waxed paper with both hands, each about a third of the way in from the outer edges to support the phyllo as you roll up the dough, jellyroll style. As you roll, fold the sides inwards to form sealed edges as you continue to the end. End with the seam-side down.
6. Coat a baking pan with the butter and place the first rolled dough onto the pan with the seam facing down. Then brush the roll all over with the butter.
7. Repeat the steps above until you have filled the cookie pan with the rolls but keep at least a roll’s width between each. Keep at least 2 to 3 inches between the rolls on the baking sheet to ensure even browning.
8. Bake until golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes, depending on your oven. During baking, baste 4 to 5 times with the butter.
9. Cut into pieces while still hot so the crust won’t break.
I hope you love this trying this delicious recipe while watching Shop Around the Corner. I mean, could you ask for a better holiday evening?
What’s your favorite festive holiday treat?
Let me know in the comments below.
The Kitchy Kitchen