On the weekend we went to the Good Food and Wine Show and were fortunate enough to see Tobie Puttock cook in the celebrity theatre. He is such an inspiring chef, and shares similar passions to me in regards to using fresh local organic produce.
He demonstrated three dishes and I do plan to try them all! Last night I made his apple strudel.
|We bought Tobie's book Cook Like an Italian|
For the strudel you knead a dough from flour, egg, olive oil and water to make it smooth and elastic.
The apples are prepared with some almonds, raisins (i left these out), almonds, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice.
The dough is then rolled out and stretched using the back of your hand until it is almost see through.
The apples and dough are sprinkled with bread crumbs before you roll it up. Tobie used this interesting method where he didn't actually touch the dough but used a table cloth to roll it up, by picking up the cloth he gently forced the strudel to roll over itself. I recruited my husband to help as he was able to see what Tobie was doing better then me.
The strudel is covered with an egg wash and baked.
It was delicious. The pastry tasted very familiar when I tasted it, reminded of something similar I have eaten in the past. It was kind of chewy but not in a bad way. It works perfectly with the apple filling.
We served with some homemade vanilla custard, yum!
|My daughter enjoyed herself, especially as her Uncle was there to spoil her!|