My issue with vegan food is, that I sometimes miss this comforting, satisfying note. This is a recipe my mom made so often for me when I was a kid and especially now with christmas being so near, I really had the urge to make it.
If you haven’t ever made strudel dough it might take a while and make a big mess but believe me – it is totally worth it.
The recipe is easy and cheap, all you need is patience.
For the dough you’ll need:
- 800 grams Flour
- ~ 400 ml lukewarm Water
- 150 ml Oil
For the filling:
- 750 gr Potato
- 2 Onions
- 50ml oil
- Salt and Pepper
And some more oil for the baking tray.
Of course you can vary the filling to your taste. This is just my very simple and favourite recipe, but you can make aaaaany filling, sweet or savory, just as you like it. If you are interested I will post some more recipes of my fillings such as pumpkin, spinach and feta or even apple.
Now to the fun part: Sift the flour into a bowl and make a hole. With one hand add a little bit of water whilst you knead the dough with the other hand. Continue the process until you have one big, smooth dough ball. If you have some flour left over, don’t worry you’ll need it later.
Wrap the dough ball into foil and let it rest for an hour. Then you separate the dough ball into three equal sized dough balls and knead through every one once more. Let them rest for another 5-10 minutes. Next you roll out each dough ball and make sure to lay it down on a really properly floured surface. Cover each of it with oil and let the dough rest again for another 20 minutes.
In the meanwhile I always prepare the filling: I peel and dice the potatoes and onions, season it properly (I add approximately 2 tablespoons salt and 1 tablespoon pepper), add the oil and mix all the ingredients together. You can also grate the potatoes, it is up to your personal taste, I just like them finely diced.
And now the magic happens – take the dough, which will be extremely elastic and start turning it in your hands (like an italian pizza baker). Once you have the feeling it is fragile lay it onto your working surface – I personally mostly work on the dining table which I cover with an old tablecloth, if you have proper working space where you can cut on – great! Just make sure the surface is floured. The ends of your dough are now thicker than the middle, and those parts take with your fingers and stretch them as far as possible. You will end up with a very thin dough. This is actually the hardest step, I personally just starting making those kind of doughs and mine still tears here and there – but hey I wasn’t born as a master.
From now on its easy: Sprinkle the filling onto the dough, separate the dough into three again and roll it together (see the pictures above). Make little “snails” and put them into an oiled baking tray. Once you have used up all the dough and filling, oil the strudels again and its time to bake them in the oven for 40-45 minutes on 200°C.
Once the crust is lovely golden, the strudel is done and ready to serve 🙂