This recipe is by 2016 Great British Bake Off Winner, Candice Brown, who will be at this year’s Cake Bake & Sweets Show!
My Dad hates cloves, and whenever Nan made apple strudel he would always ask if there were any cloves in it. Nan always said no. But lo and behold, with his first bite my Dad would always get the clove! Nan would laugh as she said ‘Oh, I don’t know how that got in there!’ and wink at me. That solitary clove adds a subtle, spicy fragrance.
- 150g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
- 150g strong white bread flour
- 1 tsp icing sugar
- 50g lard, cubed
- 150ml cold water
- 200g cold unsalted butter
- 2 Bramley apples
- 2 Braeburn apples
- 100g fresh strawberries
- Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 clove
- 40g golden caster sugar
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 40g ground almonds
- 50g unsalted butter
- 1 egg, beaten with a splash of milk, for egg wash
- 25g demerara sugar
- 25g flaked almonds
First make the pastry. Sift both types of flour and the icing sugar into a large bowl. Add the lard and rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the cold water and bring everything together with your hands. Turn out the dough on to a lightly floured work surface and knead briefly until smooth. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the cold butter between two pieces of greaseproof paper and bash/roll with a rolling pin until you have a flat 15 x 25cm rectangle that is about 3mm thick.
Roll out the chilled dough on the floured surface (rolling away from you) to a 20 x 40cm rectangle. Lay the butter rectangle on the bottom two-thirds of the dough rectangle. There should be a clear border of about 1cm at the bottom and 2.5cm at the sides.
Fold the top, unbuttered third of the dough rectangle down over the middle third, then fold the bottom third up over the middle third (you will now have alternating layers of dough, butter, dough, butter, dough). Pinch the edges together, then wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
Flour the work surface again and set the dough on it so a short side is nearest to you. Roll out away from you into a 20 x 40cm rectangle
Peel, core and dice the apples. Hull and quarter the strawberries. Put the fruit in a large bowl with the lemon zest and juice, clove, caster sugar and cinnamon. Mix together gently.
Lightly dust a work surface and roll out the pastry away from you into a 30 x 20cm rectangle that is about 3mm thick. Lightly mark a line down the centre of the rectangle to divide it in half lengthways. Sprinkle the ground almonds evenly over one half, leaving about a 1cm clear border around the edges. Spoon the apple and strawberry mixture, slightly heaped up, in a line on top of the ground almonds. Dot small pieces of butter over the fruit.
Egg wash all of the pastry edges, then fold the empty side up and over the filled side. Press the edges together using a fork to crimp. Carefully transfer to the baking sheet. Egg wash the whole strudel. Using a very sharp knife, make cuts across the top of the strudel at 2.5cm intervals. Sprinkle the demerara sugar and flaked almonds over the top.
Bake for 35–40 minutes until the pastry has puffed up and is golden and crisp.
Serve hot with my Vanilla Custard and wait to see who gets the hidden clove!
This recipe was provided by Penguin Random House
Photographer: Ellis Parrinder