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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Teal loop. Today we are sharing some of our favorite recipes from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Fall is almost here! For most that means cooler weather, apple picking, and all things pumpkin spice. But for Disney fans, it means that the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival will be kicking off soon! Disney and foodie fans alike all head to Walt Disney World to enjoy a wide variety of international fare. This year the festival runs from September 25- November 16 and includes special demonstrations, concerts and even more food.

We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to attend the festival last year. It’s been on our Disney bucket list for a while. Now we know what all the fuss is about. Even our kids got in on the action.

Unfortunately, we’re not making it there this year. But, we can still bring some of the magic of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival home by recreating some of our favorite dishes. One of the stand outs on the menu for this year is the apple strudel with vanilla sauce from the Germany booth. Tart apples, plump raisins, and crunchy nuts are layered inside a blanket of freshly made bread dough. All these ingredients together create a delicious dessert.

While I love recreating my favorite Disney foods at home, I am no Disney chef. I like to tweak the recipes to fit time, budget and my family’s needs. For this at home twist, I made a few adjustments but still came away with a dessert that hits upon all the flavors of the original dish.

 

At Home Twist: Individual Apple Strudel with Caramel Sauce

The original recipe for Apple Strudel involves making bread dough. The process can be quite time consuming. I opted to use a store bought dough, either phyllo dough or puff pastry. Since phyllo can be tricky to work with, I chose to use puff pasty. Also, I chose to make individual strudels instead of one large one. I know my family. Individual servings tend to go much faster in our house.

For my version,you will need:

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup pecans, chopped
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

 

In a non stick skillet, combine apples, raisins, 3 tablespoons of butter, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cook 5-6 minutes or until apples are tender. Stir in pecans and salt. Cool for 15 minutes.

Unfold pastry on floured surface and roll to 12×18-inch rectangle. Cut into 6-inch squares. Turn squares so points are on top,bottom and sides.

Divide apple filling evenly among the 6 squares.

Brush top corner of each square with beaten egg. Fold side points over the filling, then bottom and finally seal top edge. Place onto ungreased baking sheet.
Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon of melted butter. Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon together. Sprinkle the mixture over each strudel.

Bake 18-22 minutes (though mine only took about 17 in my oven) or until golden brown.

Serving Suggestion

My favorite part of the Germany Pavilion is the Karamell Kuche bakery, especially the caramel popcorn. To pay homage to the pavilion, I served the strudels with a drizzle of caramel sauce (caramels, butter and a little cream heated on low until caramels melt) made from Werther’s soft caramels.

Enjoy a little taste of Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival from the comfort of your home! For more tasty food and wine recipes follow the loop map below.

 

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Mary

Saturday 10th of October 2015

Love that you made these as individual portions. Do you think they would also freeze well so I can make them ahead.

Rosanne

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

This makes me so excited for apple picking! There's nothing more "northeast" than picking apples and making delicious pies! Thanks for sharing - can't wait to try this!

teacherlady117

Thursday 24th of September 2015

We went apple picking last weekend. I'm looking forward to using our apples in another batch of these soon!

:DISTherapy

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

Mmmmmmm. My son is an apple pie freak- it's the only dessert he will eat! I think this is a perfect switch up for him; one that will remind him of his happy place too. Thanks!!

teacherlady117

Thursday 24th of September 2015

You're welcome! Hope he enjoys it! My kids loved it!

The Disney Chef

Tuesday 22nd of September 2015

Oh wow, I'm so thrilled to have this recipe! I tried this after the Wine and Dine Half last year and it was a slice of heaven. I can't wait to make this at home! - Jerusha, TheDisneyChef

teacherlady117

Thursday 24th of September 2015

I only wish I could have made it to the Wine and Dine after party (I was done). This would have been one sweet reward.

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