My Aunt Helga is another spectacular cook and baker in my family. She has a captivating laugh and she makes the very best Apfelstrudel! She lives in a modern apartment with an incredible view of the green countryside and all the little towns and villages and the Neckar. I have always loved visiting with her. Having coffee and cake on the rooftop terrace in the summer and then wandering about, carefully studying the furnishings, art and antique collections and observing the latest of my uncle’s paintings. I loved the blue and white “Zwiebelmuster” porcelain and my funny cousin Alex.
Strudel is a delicacy from Wien that appears to have originated in the Arabian regions. There are countless variations! The oldest Apfelstrudel recipe is found in a hand written cookbook from 1696. It is a truly lovely dessert! The emperor Franz Joseph even declared that a day without Strudel is like a sky without stars. My aunt Helga patiently taught me how to make her Apfelstrudel. The secret is in the right flour and resting the dough long enough to make it really stretchy.