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Mouthwatering Apple Strudel Recipe

Imagine for a minute… you are curled up by a cozy fireplace in a warm, fuzzy blanket.  The room is aglow with colorful lights emitted from the Christmas tree.  Suddenly the scents of apple and cinnamon begin to fill the room.  What is that amazing smell?  Then a perfect little pastry is handed to you, and not only is the smell out of this world but it is almost too pretty to eat.  You soon decide that you would forget about how pretty it is and bite into the mouthwatering Apple Strudel recipe that was just shared with you.

Heavenly, delightful, appetizing, delectable and irresistible.  They must have slaved all day long over this dessert that is tantalizing your taste buds.  Nah!  While it looks and tastes amazing….it’s a pretty simple recipe.

Mouthwatering Apple Strudel Recipe ~

Use this link for a printable version of the Mouthwatering Apple Strudel Recipe

Step by Step Instructions ~

Step 1 ~

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Either line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

*TIP* – You will definitely want to use a baking sheet with raised sides…otherwise, you will be very unhappy when you have to clean your oven (*voice of experience speaking to you here 🙄)

Step 2 ~

Spread Wewalka puff pastry sheet evenly out on baking sheet and set aside.

*TIP* – I have used the frozen Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets in the past, which are wonderful.  However, I just discovered these refrigerated Wewalka puff pastry sheets and they are so much easier since you do not have to spend time thawing them out!

Step 3 ~

Peel, core and thinly slice apples.  I use my apple peeler, corer, slicer from Pampered Chef.  I have had this tool for years and I absolutely LOVE it! LOVE LOVE LOVE this Pampered Chef Apple Peeler Corer Slicer!!!

There are different versions of the apple peeler, corer, slicer out there and I have read many reviews.  Some have the suction cup base, which seems nice if you don’t have a countertop with a ledge to attach the clamp version.  However, you need to pay attention to the reviews of the ones that don’t hold the suction very well.  Speaking from experience, I am a BIG fan of the Pampered Chef version.  I just attach it directly to my counter top and have those babies peeled in a matter of minutes!

Step 4 ~

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples, lemon juice, vanilla, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour.   Once the apples are evenly coated, spread the mixture lengthwise down the puff pastry sheet.

*TIP* – I would use a slotted spoon and not get all of the juice that you see in the above picture.  The apples will create more natural juice as they are cooking, which will still leave you with a very juicy apple strudel.  We made a second one with less of the juice and it turned out perfectly!

Step 5 ~

Next, cut one inch sections along both sides of the pastry sheet.  We found that 11 strips made a good number of sections for braiding the dough.  Start taking every other section and pull up and over the apple mixture in a braided fashion.

Step 6 ~

Whisk the egg in a small bowl until frothy.  With a pastry brush, cover the top of the mouthwatering apple strudel with the egg wash.  Then sprinkle evenly with the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Step 7 ~

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Seriously!!!  Isn’t your mouth watering right  now?  You guys, this is truly such an easy recipe that there is NO reason for not making this mouth watering Apple Strudel Recipe for your family!  Of course, it was even better when we had it last week because Karleigh and I got some good mother-daughter baking time together.  Priceless!  Add it to your list of recipes for December.  This would be a great dessert or perfect with that Christmas morning coffee!!!

 

 

You’ve Been Socked – A Christmas Game

The Halloween shenanigans have been put away for another year…now let’s start spreading some Christmas cheer!  Have you been socked?  If you haven’t, it’s time to start a new family neighborhood tradition.  Let’s do some ding dong ditching…”Christmas Style!”  Read on for directions and free printables for this festive activity of You’ve Been Socked – A Christmas Game!

Get the whole family involved ~

I am all about family fun and creating memories!  This game delivers all of that!   You should start this activity out by letting the family decide who you are going to “sock.”  Typically each family will “hit” one or two homes.  Also, as the kids get a bit older, you may discover that they might want to “sock” their school friends.  Taking it to other neighborhoods just spreads the fun!

Whether you are going by foot or vehicle, you need to plan your escape route next.  Have you participated in ding dong ditching?  The idea is to go up, ring the doorbell and run without getting caught.  The catch to “You’ve Been Socked” is you are also leaving a fun treat before you run.   I wrote about the Halloween version of this in October.  Read the Halloween version called You’ve Been Booed!  We found ourselves rolling (literally) with laughter as we played You’ve Been Booed.

Over the years, you will find that there is much more to this than just spreading holiday cheer.  The memories you create will be relived over and over.  The kids also get the biggest kick out of trying to find out who “socked” them.

Get those stockings filled ~

The family togetherness continues as you head to the store(s) of your choosing to get the goodies.  Choose the stockings you would like to fill.  These can be whatever size you desire.  Select items that are age appropriate for the family you are socking.  Some fun ideas are listed below:

  • Christmas candy
  • Small toys
  • Homemade goodies
  • Small games
  • Holiday puzzles
  • Personal sized snacks
  • Stickers
  • Candles
  • Festive books
  • Lottery tickets
  • Seasonal socks

Final preparations ~

After you and your elves have filled the stockings, it’s time to complete the final steps.  Make a copy of “You’ve Been Socked” to include with the stocking.  You can attach it to the stocking or roll it up and put it inside.  Also include a copy of “We’ve Been Socked” for your recipients to display in their window.  The idea is that each house only get “socked” once!

You’ve Been Socked – A Christmas Game ~

NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE FUN!!!  Put those running shoes on…seriously!  This is important!  You don’t need to be dressed fancy when you are playing a good game of “You’ve Been Socked!”  Go over your strategy again with the whole family.  It truly brings extra fun by listening to your kids discuss their game plan.  Once you have agreed upon your escape route, gather your stockings and go deliver your goodies…WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT!

It’s important to decide on a meeting place after you have rung the doorbell and dropped the goodies.  Everyone starts getting giddy and they will end up running all different directions.  The hope is that whichever way they go, you all end up at the meeting point. This is part of the fun as you reminisce later over what actions each of you took.

Free Printables for You’ve Been Socked ~

Use the link I have provided below to get the 2 pages needed for this game.   Hover over the pages and then click.  That will take you to the printable version.  Print as many as you need:

You’ve Been Socked & We’ve Been Socked Printables

Other Ding Dong Ditch Holiday Games ~

There are other versions of this game as well.  One that is especially cute is You’ve Been Elfed.  I have looked at several versions and really love the one by Craft.Create.Cook.  She includes printables for Elf Boot Bags to print as well as the We’ve Been Elfed papers.  Definitely another fun version of this very fun holiday activity.  The link for this version is included here ➡➡ You’ve Been Elfed by CraftCreateCook.com.

A second option is You’ve Been Jingled.  It’s Written on The Wall has provided a wonderful plan for this version of the game.  Be sure to check out her ideas as well here ➡➡ You’ve Been Jingled by Itswrittenonthewalls.blogspot.com.

Suffice it to say, there are MANY options out there.  I chose the sock version as it is easy to purchase a stocking.  Besides, I like the saying “You’ve Been Socked!”  However, the versatility and craftiness of all of the games are wonderful.  Regardless of the one you choose, just get out there and spread some holiday cheer!

 

 

 

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