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Jablečný Závin (apple strudel) is a type of savory layered dessert, which comes from Austria, they being also prepared in other European countries including the Czech Republic, where it is considered a traditional pastry and a widely known dessert. There are also other types of strudels - such as cheese, sour cherry, poppy, and even savory pie with spinach etc.

Apple strudel consists of an oblong strudel pastry jacket with an apple filling inside. The filling is made of grated apples, sugar, cinnamon, raisins, and bread crumbs. A juicy apple strudel should be baked with good cooking apples that are tart, crisp, and aromatic. The dough consists of flour, oil (or butter) and salt. The secret of apple strudel dough preparation is in making the pastry very thin and elastic. Apple juice can be added to the pastry dough instead of water. Vanilla and rum may be used to add flavor to the filling and light flavored olive, or other oil may be used instead for butter or lard. Other less usual ingredients may include zest, lemon juice, and nuts.

Before baking, it is best to sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the top coated with either butter or olive oil. The rolled-up and filled apple strudel is baked in a pan in the oven. Traditionally, the apple strudel is sliced and sprinkled with powdered sugar, then served warm. Toppings of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, custard, or vanilla sauce are popular in many countries, but if the strudel is cooked correctly, no toppings should be necessary. Apple strudel can be accompanied by tea, coffee or even champagne.

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