Apple or Cheese Strudel from the Plasic Family

Strudel Dough
4 c of flour. Bread flour is preferred for stretching paper thin.
1 large egg
1 c hot water
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/4 t salt

Cheese Filing
8 oz cottage cheese
1egg
Sugar to taste. up to 3/4 cup.
lemon peel: optional

Apple Filling
3 lbs or 12 medium sized apples (Granny Smith, Penn State, Roma)
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 sticks butter, melted

Do ahead: Strain cottage cheese overnight through cheesecloth.

Mix and knead dough. Divide in half and flatten to a square. Put oil on saran wrap and place dough on each one. Place wrapped dough on top of each other and cover with a towel. Let set for 30-45 minutes in a warm place.

Mix strained cheese, egg and sugar. Set aside.

Peel, core, slice apples. Mix apples and other ingredients together to make filling. Set aside.

Sprinkle flour on a bedsheet over an average dinette table. Roll dough on bedsheet from middle to outer edge and stretch paper thin. Spread melted butter on dough and continue stretching by pulling outwards with fingers under dough. Dough should cover table and overhang about 12-24 inches.

Spread cheese filling on one part of stretched dough, but not to edge; spread apple filling on top of second part of stretched dough. Overlap unfilled edges over filling and dough. Spread more melted butter on new edges. Roll short ends of dough inward toward center to have two long rolls. Split the dough in half lengthwise to have two separate rolls. Pat with water and seal ends.

Cover baking sheets with parchment paper. “Snake” it onto the parchment paper and baking sheet. Punch holes in rolled dough with a fork.

Bake at 350 for 25 min.

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