1 to 1 1/4cupsbuttermelted (do not use margarine!)
12leavesphyllo pastrythawed (1/2 box)
In a small skillet, saute breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup melted butter until toasty. Set aside.
Mix together sliced apples, raisins, lemon zest, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and ground almonds. (Note: It is important that you do this right before you assemble the strudels, or the mixture may become too juicy for the delicate phyllo leaves.)
To assemble strudels:
Place one phyllo leaf on a kitchen towel and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of breadcrumbs.
Place a second leaf on top and brush with butter again. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of breadcrumbs.
Repeat until 6 leaves have been used.
Spread filling in a 3-inch strip along the narrow end of the phyllo, leaving a 2-inch border on the sides.
Lift towel and use it to help you roll up the strudel. Press the ends down to seal. (I don't worry too much about this - some filling may come out, but it always turns out fine.)
Brush top of the strudel with butter and sprinkle with toasted breadcrumbs.
Repeat to make the second strudel.
Bake the strudels at 400°F for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned.
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