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Canadian Serbian Apple Pie: A Close Cousin to the Apple Strudel

Serbian Apple Pie is traditionally made with homemade phyllo pastry and is a close cousin to the Viennese strudel; our version is made with puffed pastry which is why I call it "Canadian"!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Serbian Canadian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Valerie Lugonja


Ingredients for the Filling:

  • 2-3 medium apples , peeled, cored and grated
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon , depending upon taste
  • 3 tablespoons of flour , divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon butter

Ingredients for the Pie:

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • milk or cream for brushing over pastry
  • Demerara sugar


Instructions for the Filling:

  1. Gently combine the grated apples, sugar, cinnamon, and half of the flour
  2. Roll or lay out puff pastry sheet on top of parchment paper; spread filling over it closest to you, right on the pastry line, leaving an inch uncovered on the two sides and two inches on the opposite side or end
  3. Dob carefully with the butter' sprinkle with remaining flour

Instructions for the Pie:

  1. Use the parchment paper under the pastry to begin to roll it up over onto itself; keeping a tight cinnamon bun type of roll, continue rolling until the filling is covered
  2. Turn in the ends, and tuck them under the pastry roll; continue to roll over the tucked in ends to finish the roll
  3. Brush with cream or milk and sprinkle liberally with Demerara sugar to garnish and provide a sugar crunch

Instructions for Baking the Pie:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F; bake for 30 minutes on parchment paper
  2. Cook for 10 minutes; serve with ice cream

Recipe Notes

Best apple flavour is created with a combination of apples. If you are making a large batch of these to freeze, I suggest three different kinds:

Granny Smith: tart and firm
MacIntosh: soft and "appley"
Gala or a similar sweet and juicy apple
If not topping with Demerara Sugar, dust with icing sugar to garnish