National Apple Strudel Day 2020: History, Strudel, Origin of Apfelstrudel, How to celebrate Apple Strudel Day & Quotes

National Apple Strudel Day 2020: National Apple Strudel Day is an annual food feast that is celebrated on 17 June to enjoy the taste of Apple Strudel with family members and friends. Know all about National Apple Strudel Day, History of Strudel in this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 16, 2020 13:13 PM

National Apple Strudel Day 2020: History, Strudel, Origin of Apfelstrudel, How to celebrate Apple Strudel Day & Quotes

National Apple Strudel Day 2020

National Apple Strudel Day is celebrated on 17 June every year. Strudel is a loanword in English from German. The word is derived from the German word Strudel, which means whirlpool or eddy. The tasty dessert is described perfectly as the sweet mixture of fruit, sugar, spices, and layers of thin dough rolled together and baked. The result of the combination is a bubbling, flaky treat. This oldest known recipe for apple strudel or popularly known as Apfelstrudel is from Austria. 

What is the History of National Apple Strudel Day?

Strudel is a dish that dates back to the year 1696. The oldest Strudel recipe, a Millirahm strudel, is from 1696. The handwritten recipe for Strudel is at the Viennese City Library, Wiener Stadtbibliothek. The pastry Strudel has its origins in the similar Byzantine Empire or Middle Eastern pastries. The pastry became well known and gained popularity during the 18th century through the Habsburg Empire. 

Strudel is associated with Austrian cuisine. The traditional pastry belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire. The pastry is said to originate from Byzantine Empire or Middle Eastern pastries. Strudel is called with different names in different places. For instance:

  • In Hungary, it is known as rétes

  • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia it is called as štrudla or savijača

  • In Slovenia, it is called as štrudelj or zavitek

  • In the Czech Republic, it is known as závin or štrúdl

  • In Romania, it is popularly called as strudel

  • In Slovakia, it is called as štrúdľa or závin

What is Strudel?

Strudel is a type of layered pastry with a filling inside, often served with cream. Most often the fillings of Strudel are sweet. Apple strudel consists of a centre of the apple, cinnamon, and raisins, wrapped in crispy layers of pastry, that puff up in the oven. The pastry is served with a dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of thick cream, comfort food at its finest. 

The German word Strudel describes the way the different layers of pastry circle the filling. While creating the dish these layers need to be worked until they are thin enough to read through. It is easy to create at home, using layers of buttered filo pastry, wrapped around your own stewed apple.

Apple strudel:

Apple strudel is a pastry with apple filling inside. The filling is made of grated cooking apples, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and bread crumbs. Strudel uses an unleavened dough that consists of flour, oil/butter, and salt. But the Apple strudel dough will be thin and elastic. The traditional preparation of the dough is a difficult process. For Apple strudel, the dough is kneaded by flogging, often against a tabletop. The filling is arranged in a line on a comparatively small section of dough. The dough is then folded over the filling. The remaining dough is wrapped around until all the dough is used. The strudel is baked in the oven, and can be served warm. Apple strudel is served in slices and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

What are the types of Strudel?

Strudel pastry is made from flour with high gluten content, water, oil, and salt, with no sugar added. The prepared dough is rested, rolled out and stretched by hand in a very thin manner with the help of a clean linen tea towel or kitchen paper. Different types of Strudel are:

  • Apfelstrudel 

  • Topfenstrudel 

  • Millirahmstrudel 

  • Plum Strudel

  • poppy seed strudel (Mohnstrudel)

  • Sour cherry strudel 

  • Sweet cherry strudel 

  • Nut filled strudel 

  • Raisin strudel

  • Apricot Strudel

How to celebrate National Apple Strudel Day?

The day is celebrated by pastry lovers across the world. To observe this special day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, one can order the Apfelstrudel to the COVIDwarriors as a token of gratitude.

  • Visit your favorite bakery and have a slice of apple strudel

  • Celebrate the day with apple strudel with a dollop of whipped cream

  • dust confectioner's sugar over a fresh-baked apple strudel

  • Add a scoop of ice cream to your apple strudel and share it with your loved ones

  • Surprising a friend with apple strudel

  • Prepare own strudel at your home and enjoy the day

  • Use #AppleStrudelDay when you share a post on social media

National Apple Strudel Day Quotes

“A child is born with the potential ability to learn Chinese or Swahili, play the kazoo, climb a tree, make a strudel or a birdhouse, take pleasure in finding the coordinates of a star. Genetic inheritance determines a child’s abilities and weaknesses. But those who raise a child call forth from that matrix the traits and talents they consider important.” - Emilie Buchwald

“I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage, and similar chlorophyll. Any dietitian will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans.” - S.J. Perelman

“Older women are like aging strudels – the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling has come at last into its own.” - Robert Farrar Capon

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National Apple Strudel Day - FAQ

1. How should Apple Strudel be served, hot or cold?

Apple Strudel can serve in both hot or cold temperatures. It can be served as a main dish or a dessert.

2. Is apple strudel and apple streusel the same?

No, they both are different. Strudel is a pastry made of layers of thin sheets of pastry wrapped around a fruit filling, often apple. Streusel is the sugary crumble topping found on some fruit pies or cakes, which is often cherry.

3. How long can I keep apple strudel?

The apple strudel can be at room temperature for up to two days. One should cover it loosely with foil or plastic wrap. In the refrigerator, the Strudel can be kept for an additional 2-3 days.

4. Is strudel a German dish?

The word Strudel is derived from the German word for "whirlpool" or "eddy". The pastry is associated with Austrian cuisine. It is said that it belongs to the Austro-Hungarian Empire.