Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May Daring Bakers: Rhubarb Strudel

The May Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Linda of make life sweeter! and Courtney of Coco Cooks. They chose Apple Strudel from the recipe book Kaffeehaus: Exquisite Desserts from the Classic Cafés of Vienna, Budapest and Prague by Rick Rodgers. What a great choice! I would never have attempted homemade strudel dough myself, but it was actually extremely easy! Stretching the dough by hand was intimidating, but the dough was strong and pliable, making it a pleasant task.

You can check out the original recipe on the hosts' blogs (linked above) or in the bookitself. I ended up making a rhubarb filling instead of the suggested apple filling (a permitted substitution this month!), and it was really delicious. I used David Lebowitz's roasted rhubarb recipe, which is tart but very yummy. I did find it to be very liquid-y, so I drained it in a paper-towel lined colander before filling the strudel.

36 comments:

  1. Love how your strudel looks!
    I wish rubarb was more available here, I just love the taste!

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  2. I've never tasted rhubard, leave alone see one. Love the idea of the roasted filling. WOW...great strudel...can only dream of how good it tasted!

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  3. Beautiful, flaky pastry :) Looks yummy!

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  4. Lovely looking strudel! :) Dunno how rhubarb tastes... but I'm sure it would have been yumm!!

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  5. Roasted Rhubarb! Fabulous! I'm going for that one next.

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  6. Oh, I love rhubarb! Your strudel looks delicious! Great job!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. I've recently been getting into rhubarb. It's a flavor that I never had until I met my man, but he loves the tartness of it, so I'm trying to incorporate it into dishes. Glad to see you used it too, and thanks for the link to D. Lebovitz's recipe.

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  8. Looks great! I wish there was a way to drain strawberries before they cook...but alas there is not! :-)

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  9. I haven't had rhubarb in so long I'm not sure I even remember the taste of it properly, but clearly it's something I'm going to have to get back to as soon as possible as I love all things tart. What if you cooked the strawberry juice on low heat for a while so as to reduce it, perhaps you could incorporate it then?

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  10. Yes! Don't you love rhubarb? Your dough looks fantastically thin, wasn't it such a pleasure to work with that stuff? Thanks for linking to my strudel!

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  11. Great job on the strudel. Love the icing on top, especially! I just recently got turned on to rhubarb and roasting sounds sooo good :) Yum!

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  12. Wow, your strudel is uber flaky..perfectly done in all aspects. Looks delicious too!

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  13. This looks Yum! And your strudel is nice and flaky. I haven't tried rhubarb yet. I might try it soon.

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  14. Beautiful! I love that you drizzled with icing as well. Nice touch!

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  15. Strudel is gorgeous! And nice substitution :)

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  16. I love rhubarb, so your strudel looks great to me!

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  17. Great job, I love rhubarb especially at this time of year!

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  18. Roasted rhubarb? Brilliant idea! It looks lovely as can be.

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  19. i've never made anything with rhubarb (and i can't even pronounce it-LOL!)i am going to try this filling next time..awesome job!

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  20. I agree rhubarb made a great filling!

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  21. Its rhubarb season...what a wonderfull idea for a great filling.
    Bravo for your tasty looking strudel!

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  22. Strudel looks perfect n yum Sara..:)

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  23. I love the filling! Great job on this month's challenge!

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  24. i love the sound of your filling...you did a fantastic job!

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  25. Looks yummy! I think I've only tasted rhubarb once...would love to try it again, if you could send some over! ;)

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  26. I am a transplant to the midwest and they eat a lot of rhubarb here. I have yet to get by the texture. This roasted rhubarb may do the trick. Your pastry looks tender and flaky and the filling juicy. yum :)

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  27. I'm glad you enjoyed this challenge, your strudel looks wonderful =D!

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  28. Rhubarb...very nice...looks gorgeous

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  29. Look at that perfect looking flakey strudel! I wish I could find rhubarb here! Thanks for the link dear!

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  30. Yum, yours looks so delicious... That icing on top really makes it irresistible!

    I'm so flattered that my strudel made your favorites list! :)

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  31. Yum! Roasted rhubarb filling sounds so delish.

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  32. Sara, your filling sounds delicious, and the strudel is so flaky! Great gob!

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  33. Rhubarb is a great alternative to apple! Love it!

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