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On the Nagymező utca just past the Andrássy út in the direction of the Operettszínház there used to be a little strudel bakery. I would save up my allowance and occasionally treat myself to 3 strudels. I bought three, because I couldn’t make up my mind which one to have. I got a sour cherry, a walnut and a túrós. Then I would slowly make my way down to the Operettszínház and ate the three strudels taking turns, but the last mouthful was always túrós. Then I would hop on the földalatti and went home. This one is probably my most significant rétes memory.

Don’t let the flakiness fool you, this is not a danish or a pulled strudel. This pastry requires no yeast or special equipment or special technique either. A novice cook can make this, really. The inspiration came from the vasi strudel, at least the technique did. One batch of this makes four medium sized strudels or twelve good-sized turnovers. Use bread flour for the spread and the dough, I highly doubt that all-purpose flour would give you the same results. [Pulled strudel requires more work and it takes a few tries to develop the technique to stretch the dough paper-thin.] This rolled strudel dough is rustic and yet as flaky as pulled strudel. The downside of rolled strudel dough is that it grows stale by the following day so it is best to use as much of the dough as you can consume in one day. But the remainder can be frozen and used later.

1 cup butter at room temperature
1/4 cup lard at room temperature
1/2 +1/3 cup bread flour

2-1/2 cups bread flour
1/2+1/3 cup sour cream
2 pinches of salt

For rolling out the dough and then the strudels [or turnovers] you will need additional all purpose flour.

Filling for 1 strudel:
1 cup fruit of your choice [I used fresh cherries]
sugar to taste
1/4 cup flour
1 Tbsp butter

Brushing the top:
1/8 cup melted butter
1 lightly beaten egg

• To make the spread, combine butter, lard and bread flour.
• Scoop the spread into a container, cover and refregirate.
• While the spread chills, assemble the dough. Resist the urge to add more flour.
• Beat the dough until elastic.
• Flour the board generously with all purpose flour.
• Place the dough [it will be very soft] on the flour and flour the top.
• Begin to roll it into a very large, thin rectangle. Add more flour as needed.
• Take out the chilled spread and spread it all over the dough.
• Loosely roll up the dough and divide into four equal rolls.
• Cover with a clean tea towel.
• While the dough rests, prepare the filling of your choice.
• Place the pitted or peeled and sliced fruit in a bowl.
• Sprinkle with sugar and mix to coat fruit. The amount of sugar is a matter of personal taste.
• Preheat the oven to 400F.
• Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
• Brush the paper with butter and set it aside.
• Generously flour the board.
• Place one piece of rolled up dough [you have four] on the flour and roll it into a 14X 7 inch rectangle for the strudel.
• Brush the rolled out pastry with the melted butter.
• By now the fruit is puddled. Fish out the fruit, [leaving the liquid behind] and arrange them on the dough.
• Drizzle the fruit with melted butter.
• Roll up the strudel loosely, sealing the ends.
• Place on the prepared baking pan and turn under the ends.
• Brush the top with melted butter.
• Brush with the beaten egg.
• Bake in preheated oven until strudel is well browned.

Spread on the rolled out dough
Roll up the dough and divide into four equal parts
Roll out one part and spread with melted butter
Arrange the fruit filling on top and drizzle with butter
Roll up strudel
Seal the ends
Place on prepared pan
Slice of strudel


  1. Zsuzsa, I love strudel, but I had a really good one maybe once in my life... and definitely never with cherries. Your strudel looks extraordinary and, as all of your sweets, extremely impressive. Oh, can you imagine it with sour, ripe cherries? (You have made me dream...) I will never dare making this elaborate recipe (I'm sure I would mess it up) but I admire your step-by-step photos.

  2. Zsuzsa...another trip down memory lane! The only person I ever saw making strudel dough was my grandmother in Hungary, and she was a PRO...rolling, twirling, lifting, the dough...sounds like a "square dance"...but that was her technique.

    God Bless you for making the dough...were you doing the "square dance" routine?...don't recall seeing that part. At any rate, 'better you, than me'...a lot of hard work, and I'm certain that it was delicious! The turnovers look very good to me as well, but I will just use my puff pastry dough for that too!

  3. Sissi, the strudel shop I used to go to as a young girl used to carry dozens of fillings and all were very good.

    Elisabeth, this strudel was very easy, it took no more work than making a bar cookie. Thank you for reminding me, sometimes I don't include my food memories and yet this was important for me.




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