: a pastry made from a thin sheet of dough rolled up with filling and baked
apple strudel

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Strudel Has German Roots

The word strudel first appeared in English in the late 19th century, but the confection the word refers to is likely much older. The strudel is Austrian in origin, and its name comes from the German word Strudel, meaning "whirlpool" - which the pastry resembles when cut to reveal its thin sheet of dough rolled around the filling. Strudels can be sweet or savory, but the sweet apple strudel is the most famous.

Examples of strudel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's also a sweet Viennese cafe area where guests can help themselves to beautifully baked cakes and strudels. Lucy Bruton, Condé Nast Traveler, 14 May 2024 Visit Schönbrunn Palace, enjoy a marionette show, or learn to make strudel while in Vienna. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2024 Pentz is also whipping up a rotation of fresh pastries, including strudels, cookies and croissants. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2024 The main hotel's afternoon trestles laid with slices of strudel, mortadella, and pecorino sandwiches—complimentary to guests—are taken with treacle thick espressos or Aperols, depending on your poison. Jemima Sissons, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 Dessert specials are pecan pie or apple strudel ($9), cheesecake ($10) and schaum torte ($12). Elaine Rewolinski, Journal Sentinel, 22 Mar. 2024 This tequila is said to have notes of fruit on the nose, followed by bread, strudel, and apple pie on the palate. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 20 Mar. 2024 Chopped or sliced, this apple is fine to fill a pie or strudel as well as stirred into pancakes or muffins. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2023 For a real treat, try one of the more creative crepe flavors, like apple strudel, monkey matcha (made with green tea matcha, bananas, and hazelnut spread), or, on the savory side, madras curry, bison burger, or a crepe dog. Jen Murphy, Travel + Leisure, 17 Dec. 2023

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Word History


German, literally, whirlpool

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of strudel was in 1881


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“Strudel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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: a pastry made of thin dough rolled up with filling and baked

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