Eat Like a Princess - Rapunzel - Braided Apple Strudel & Candied Pecan Ice Cream

Rapunzel is known for her long flowing locks of hair which the prince climbed to save her. Disney's Rapunzel braided her golden tresses which inspired today's recipe. Braided apple strudel is easy and delicious. If you've ever been within 100 feet of a child in public school you've been solicited specifically in the hopes of purchasing a Butter Braid which is similar. Flaky, puffy pasty filled with sweet, gooey filling.

What I really like about this dessert is customization. Top it with vanilla sauce, whipped cream, a scoop of candied pecan ice cream... fill it with apples, lemon curd, or cherries! Decorations and plating can be simple or complicated for a special event or party. And it feeds lots of people!

To get the party started, simply thaw puff pasty sheets and roll into a large rectangle. Next, pick a filling, spread it into the middle of your puff pasty. Measure and cut strips on each side of your puff pasty. Alternate folding the flaps over the center of the pasty then tuck in the ends. It couldn't be more easy and more delicious.

I reused some apple filling from my Snow White Cupcakes since I had plenty of leftovers. I like the tartness of Granny Smith apples but not everyone agrees. They are a great apple for baking purpose but interesting the tartness can read as saltiness if there isn't enough sugar. For this reason I actually would recommend a red apple such as Honeycrisp instead of Granny Smith if this will be solo. If you're going to pair it with a dairy item or sweet topping that will balance out a tarter apple.

Light and airy in texture because of the puff pasty, these dessert won't make you feel sluggish but it is surprisingly filling. Paired with an extra special batch of homemade ice cream you'll wow guests at a party or in-laws. It impresses guests when it is served on Disney's cruise lines!

Follow the recipe below and let me know how many Butter Braid you've eaten in the last 10 years? I've completely lost count...

Braided Apple Strudel


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-­purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored and thinly-sliced
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small bowl, beat the egg and water together.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add the apple slices and the walnuts, and toss to coat. (You can also use one large can of any store bough pie filling of your choice!)
  4. Thaw puff pastry per package directions. Lightly flour a clean surface and roll puff pasty to 12x16 inch rectangle. Place the dough on the parchment-lined sheet pan.
  5. Arrange the coated apples lengthwise, down the center of the dough.
  6. Cut slits 1 inch apart to within 1/2 inch of the apples.
  7. Starting at one end, fold the strips over the apples, alternating sides, to “braid” the dough. Continue to fold the dough strips until the apples are covered completely. Tuck in the end strips and brush the pastry with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sugar for extra sparkle.
  8. Bake for 34-36 minutes until golden brown, turning pan halfway through baking.
  9. Cool for 20 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!


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