Classic Apple Strudel Recipe

 

Apple strudel consists of an oblong strudel pastry jacket with an apple filling inside, including raisins, sugar, cinnamon and bread crumbs.

Strudel is most often associated with the Austrian cuisine. Apple strudel is a traditional known as Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria and in many countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Strudel is related to the Ottoman Empire’s pastry baklava, and came to Austria via Turkish to Hungarian and then Hungarian to Austrian cuisine.

Ingredients:

Puff Pastry Sheets

3 Granny Smith Apples

1 cup of Bread Crumbs

Butter

Raisins

Cinnamon

Sugar

 

Instructions:

Defrost the dough an hour before you start preparing your apple strudel.

Peel and cut apples into small slices. Granny smith apples are better due to their slight sour flavor.

Toast the bread crumbs in the pan with little bit of butter – 1 tablespoon.

Spread a little bit of all purpose flour on your working area and place the Puff Pastry sheets on it.

Use a roller to roll the dough a little bit to make a slightly bigger rectangle. Place half of the toasted bread crumbs into the dough sheet towards the right side. (see the pictures below)

Start placing half of the sliced apples, sprinkled with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins on the top of the bread crumbs. Now repeat the previous steps to create a second layer. Place the rest of the crumbs on the apples, followed by cinnamon, sugar and raisins.

Dip a basting brush into 2 spoons of melted butter, shake the brush above the layers to drizzle the the layers of apple, cinnamon, raisins and sugar.

To wrap the strudel, start by folding the right side first over the layers.  Then fold the top and bottom.  Finally, fold the left side of the puff pastry sheet. Try to put the last left side of the sheet all the way under the strudel to the right side. It prevents the dough from unrolling during baking.

Place the strudel carefully on the baking pan and brush the whole strudel with melted butter using the basting brush.

Bake according to instruction on your dough packaging. I bake mine 15 minutes in 400 F oven.

Let it cool, sprinkle with some powder sugar and ENJOY!

 

 

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How to make a DIY Indian Girl Costume

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How to make Girl’s Indian Costume in few minutes.

All you need is just plain brown mens T-shirt and scissors. I used medium size shirt for my five year old. I bought mine at Target for $4.99 but any plain shirt in earthy colors would work.

First lay the shirt flat on the table or floor, make sure you flatten out all wrinkles and cut all the hems of the shirt. Keep the bottom hem to use it as belt. Cut the both sleeves into fringe.

Then fold the shirt lenght wise and cut the corners to create the pointed front typical for indian dress. I used a ruler to make sure I cut straight line.

The Indian Head Band is made out of elastic ribbon and few colorful feathers. I glued the feathers on the inner side of the band and sewed the back. I am sure the glue gun would work as well if you don’t feel like sew.Version 2

I liked to add some fun part to the costume, this is completely optional but since I found some leather string and wooden beads around the house I decided why not. I made this very simple belt with beads to add more indian vibe to the costume.

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When I finished with costume I realized the boots are missing some fringe to make the look complete. I got the leftover fabric from the shirt, the one I cut the sides of the shirt. Its a perfect triangle shape which can be tied in the back of the boot. All you need to do is before you tie it to the boots make the fringe with your scissors. The costume now looked complete.

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Let’s start….

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DIY Personalized Karate Gym Bag

Tutorial on How to make Personalized Karate Bag for your Boy or Girl.

The bag or sack can be used for all kids of sports and activities.  Since my girls go to karate school,  I wanted a design which would go along with karate theme. The obvious choice is the Yin Yang Sign which is pretty simple and  easy to make.

All you will need is any sport bag/sack just like you see in the picture below and white fabric paint,

I found both of these items in my local Hobby Lobby store.

To make a perfect circle for the YIN YANG sing outline, I used a round plate and white crayon. You can use any round object to match the size you desire.

 

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Alphabet Wall Art DIY

Tutorial on How to make your own Alphabet Wall

Materials:

Paper Mache Letters, Foam letters, Wood Letters

2 Acrylic Paints – colors of your choice

Paint brush

Two way tape

Painter’s Tape

Round sponge brush

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Step 1

Buy your Paper Mache Letters from you local arts and crafts store. I got mine in Hobby Lobby on a 50% sale. Choose the letter styles and sizes you like,  I picked different fonts, sizes and styles to achieve the look I was looking for. My letters are made of Paper Mache,  foam, and wood.

It took some time to find the right combination of letters to achieve the look I wanted.

 

Step 2

Before you start painting the letters decide how the letters are going to be placed on your wall, lay the letters on the floor and arrange them until you obtain look you like the best. I decided on 4 rows with different amount of letters in each row.

I didn’t want the arrangement to have the square outline look.

 

Step 3

Paint your letters with the acrylic paint chosen. I got Magenta and Sweet Mint. I always made sure to switch colors.

 

Step 4

The next day or when your letters are completely dry, decorate them with patterns you like. I chose to decorate the big letters only. I did the polka dots with the round sponge brush and striped letters with Painters tape.

 

Step 5

When all letters are dry, now its time to put them up on your wall. On back of each letter I placed a piece of  Two Way tape on several places and placed letters on the wall. Make sure your letters are just the way you want them to be.  I didn’t  place them in the straight line but I did follow the pattern I liked.

Some of the Foam letters already had sticky tape on the back. I noticed these sticky tape don’t hold very well on walls, so I reinforced them with the Two Way Tape from Lowes and have had no issues since them.

 

Step 6

Enjoy!

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Thank you and Happy Crafting!!!