Willkommen to the Virtual Food and Wine Festival, we are the next best thing to being in the parks. Better yet, these visits visits are calorie free. Be sure to tour around the virtual festival by following the links at the end of this article.
It’s fall and every year we head out to our local apple farm to ride out into the apple trees and pick some tree fresh apples. As we sampled the many varieties and picked the apples we often think about how we are going to use all the apples we pick. This year I knew that some were going to make up the apple strudel that we love so much in Germany. I searched the internet and found the recipe at AllEars – you can visit the site and see the recipe shared below here.
First gather all the ingredients, luckily there is nothing out of the ordinary so you might not even have to make a trip to the grocery store.
What do I need for the dough:
½ cup bread flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 (one) egg yolk
¼ cup warm water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
What do I need for the apple filling:
2 pounds apples, sliced
½ cup melted butter
4 tablespoons toasted breadcrumbs
¼ cup raisins
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
How to pull it all together
First we make the dough
. Mix together the bread flour, all purpose flour, and salt in a mixing bowl using the dough hook on a mixer.
2. Slowly add the egg yolks, oil and warm water on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, but slightly sticks to the bottom of the bowl.
3. Remove from the mixing bowl and place in a sealed container covering with vegetable oil.
4. Place dough in refrigerator overnight. (We tried this and didn’t like how hard the dough was to work after being in the refrigerator overnight, so we made a fresh dough and continued on with the recipe)
Adding the apple mix to the dough
5. Remove from refrigerator and gently wipe off the excess oil from the dough. For best results, place a clean, lint free towel on the kitchen counter and gently pull the dough with your hands until the dough is paper thin, shaping into a rectangle.
6. Once you have stretched out the dough, place 3 tablespoons of the breadcrumbs on the long end of the dough closest to you approximately 3 inches wide.
7. Mix together apples and raisings and place on top of bread crumbs. Mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Sprinkle remaining breadcrumbs over apple mixture.
8. With a pastry brush, brush melted butter on the dough that is exposed.
9. Grabbing the towel with the side where the apple mixture, roll the dough to the other end making sure that the apple mixture inside is even. Brush the outside of the dough with more of the melted butter.
10. Bake at 400ºF degrees for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
11. Let cool at room temperature for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, then slice with a serrated knife into 8 equal portions.
Overall we loved our apple strudel, the one thing I think it is missing is some spice or added flavor to the filling. It seems a bit bland to me, but once mixed with ice cream anything tastes good!
Thanks for stopping by – be sure to walk along our Virtual World Showcase and visit all our friends.
Our Hidden Mickey this week was found in Epcot’s World Showcase at the Maelstrom attraction. As you are waiting in line to board the viking boats, take a look at the mural on the wall. We had heard there were a few in this mural and with the help of our friend Steve the Hidden Mickey Guy, we were able to finally find them and grab a shot to share. This one is our favorite, pay close attention to the hats. A close up is available as well to help you spot it, we will be featuring more in upcoming posts.
In case you don’t see it, here is a closer view
If you love hunting for Hidden Mickey’s be sure to check out the Hidden Mickey Guy’s website and books available. Inside or Outside the park, let us know where you have spotted a Hidden Mickey.
Want more Hidden Mickeys? Be sure to head over to our friends Frontierland Station.
While looking for Hidden Mickey’s be sure to look up and down as you walk through the parks. We found the one below in the Koi pond at Epcot in the Japan pavilion. On our last few trips we have really enjoyed this area and love watching the large and small Koi that inhabit the pond. But look close at the drain in the pond, notice anything familiar?
Want more Hidden Mickeys? Check out Frontierland Station!
Have a unique spot you have found a Hidden Mickey, let us know where it was….
Today’s Hidden Mickey Monday is from the Morocco in World Showcase at Epcot. I have walked past this Mickey many times and as I was reviewing pictures it looks like I really enjoyed taking pictures of it. The Morocco area is currently under construction as a new waterfront restaurant “Spice Road Table” is built. The new restaurant will serve various small plates and refreshments inspired by the Mediterranean. Seating will be both indoors and out, and will be open by the end of 2013.
Our Favorite Food This Week: Wild Mushroom Filet Mignon
Location: Le Cellier (Epcot – Canada World Showcase)
If you hungry for a steak and you are at Epcot, look no further than Canada and Le Cellier restaurant. I’m not a big fan of mushrooms, but this is one of my wife’s favorite meals at Disney World. This steak is cooked to your liking, laid on a bed of wild mushroom risotto and covered with a white truffle butter. Is your mouth watering yet? The atmosphere at Le Cellier is very relaxing is its darker and designed to look like a wine cellar.
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Keeping with a patriotic theme today. How many stories is The American Adventure building?
If you guessed 5 then you are right. Wait; there are only 3 windows so how can the building be 5 stories tall??? It’s all forced perspective. Imagineers wanted the building to fit with the colonial architecture when buildings were never more than two/three stories. This is the opposite perspective than on Main Street USA where buildings that are only 2 stories tall are made to look like they are 3.