Mini Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel)

Homemade mini apple strudels (called Mini Apfelstrudel in German) with homemade sweet dough, hearty apple filling and a catchy look.

Today we are making apple strudels – mini German style strudels with homemade dough, delicious apple filling and a lovely catchy look. Do not however be intimidated by it, it’s pretty easy and I’ll walk you through all the steps below. What I like about these mini strudels is that they are easy to grab and eat by a small child. Since I have two hungry boys at home that comes in handy every time.

Ingredients & Substitutions


  • Flour – I use all purpose flour or type 00 Italian flour
  • Milk – room temperature milk is preferred. If you use full fat milk (more than 3,5%) you may need to reduce the amount of flour slightly
  • Egg – one egg, medium sized
  • Butter – a dip of melted butter for taste
  • Pinch of sugar – to make it sweet
  • Yeast – I prefer to use fresh yeast, but if you do not have that use instant dry yeast instead.
  • Cinnamon – just a pinch to enhance the flavor


  • Shredded apples – any type works well, especially on the sweeter side.
  • Walnuts, finely chopped – you can substitute with almonds or hazelnuts if you wish
  • Brown sugar – to add sweetness
  • Cinnamon – for perfect taste

How to make Mini Apple Strudel

Prepare the dough by mixing all ingredients with activated yeast (when using fresh yeast). Knead soft, non-stick dough and let rise. Divide in 4 equal parts.

Next, roll out each part in a circular shape (1-2cm) thick. Cut in 4 triangles, using pizza cutter (works best in my experience).

Then, make 4 lines – 2 on both sides lengthwise within each piece. Make sure not to cut all the way though the dough. Repeat for remaining dough.

Make the filling and with a spoon add filling to the middle of each triangle.

Fold each end of the triangle base inwards. Brush with olive oil and bake according to instructions.

Mini Apple Strudel Recipe (Apfelstrudel)

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Mini Apple Strudel (Apfelstrudel)

Mini Apple strudel (Apfelstrudel) recipe for easy homemade strudel with apples, cinnamon and nuts.
CuisineEuropean, German
Keywordapple, strudel
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 16 Servings



  • 2 cups flour, all purpose
  • 200 ml fresh milk, no more than 3,5% fat
  • 30 g melted butter
  • 1 egg, medium sized
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 20g fresh yeast, or 1/2 pack instant yeast


  • 2 cups grated apples, peeled
  • 5 tbsp brown sugar
  • 100 g chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon



  • In a small bowl mix fresh (dried) yeast, pinch of brown sugar and 2-4 tbsp. of the milk. Cover and yeast get activated. In the meantime, in a large bowl add all other dough ingredients, plus activated yeast when ready. Knead by hand (or with stand mixer) until a soft, non-stick dough is formed. Cover with a cloth and let dough rise in a warm room (approx. 20 min/25 C).
  • Next, divide the dough in 4 equal parts. Roll out each part in a circular shape (1-2 cm) thick. Cut each circle in four to make four triangles of it – using pizza cutter works best in my experience. Then, using (pizza cutter again) make 4 lines – 2 on both sides lengthwise within each triangle. Make sure not to cut all the way though the dough. Repeat for remaining dough.


  • In a large bowl grate peeled apples, then mix with brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped nuts. With a spoon add equal parts of filling to the middle of each strudel triangle. Then, grab both ends of each triangle and fold one over the other. Repeat for remaining dough.
  • Brush with olive oil and bake in preheated oven (180C/360F) until golden brown (approx. 15-20 min in my oven). Let cool and dust with powdered white sugar. Enjoy!

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