Strudel That Came in a Shoe Box


Strudel That Came in a Shoe Box - Alef Bet by Paula


A few years back we submitted a family recipe to Jewish Food Society, who strive to save old family recipes from disappearing.  

And lost is exactly what will happen to my Aunt Blanche's famous strudel recipe if we don't share it.  

And of course, we aren't biased. So, we'll just share with you the best strudel recipe out there.  

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Aunt Blanche's Strudel recipe:

Great-Aunt Blanche’s Sour Cream Strudel

Serves: 10-12
Time: 1 ½ hours, plus overnight refrigeration


  • 3 cups all purpose flour, plus a little more to roll out the dough
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into ¼ ” chunks
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ cups apricot preserves (or other favorite)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • ¾ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar (to sprinkle on top)

1. Place the flour in a medium bowl. Add the butter and cut it into the flour using a fork or your fingers until mixture resembles coarse meal.

2. Gradually fold the sour cream into the flour mixture, until a soft dough forms.

3. Remove the dough from the bowl, form into a thick disc and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator overnight.

4. Remove dough from the refrigerator and let it warm up on the counter before rolling – about 20 to 30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 350° and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

6. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a thin round circle – about 18” in diameter, and about ⅛” thick (if it cracks a bit, that’s ok, it will be covered when you make the roll).

6. Spread the apricot preserves (or preserve of your choice) in a thin layer over the entire surface of the dough circle.

7. Evenly sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon, coconut, and walnuts over the layer of preserves.

8. Starting at the bottom edge of the dough circle, carefully roll into one large log. Cut the log into four, equal sized bars. Score the top of each bar with 3-4 diagonal slashes to allow for steam to release.

9. Place the 4 bars on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes until the crust is golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through for even baking.

11. Remove from the oven and let cool.

As Aunt Blanche would say, “when you are ready to serve, slice them on the “bias” and gently sprinkle with powdered sugar”.

— We hope you can make this strudel.  It’s really so simple!!

And let us know how they come out. 

My “auntie” as we called her, would be so proud that this recipe is being  passed along.

She had no children, so her baking and her love of her nieces and nephews were her pride and joy!

I know she’d be so happy.


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SHOEBOX Treats! My grandma, from Ukraine, used to send us Purim Hamantashen. I’m sure there were other treats, but it’s the Hamantashen I remember. Thanks for the reminder of wonderful times. I will certainly make this strudel – my first strudel – soon.

Brenda Erwin

What a lovely story. I’ll try to make this for sure.

Marsha Deutch-Eisenberg

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