stru·​del | \ ˈstrü-dᵊl How to pronounce strudel (audio) , ˈshtrü- How to pronounce strudel (audio) \

Definition of strudel

: 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.

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Locals recommend you order the Topfenstrudel, or cream cheese strudel. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 Around 25 people of Slovenian background had rented Manny’s, a sports bar, bringing delicacies like jabolcni strudl (apple strudel) and potice (a walnut pastry). George Vecsey, New York Times, "Watching the 2018 World Cup? Polyglot New York Has Got You Covered," 15 June 2018 Young Parisians flock to the stores for shopping outings, while tourists often come for strudel and bagels at longtime establishments like Sacha Finkelsztajn. Melissa Liebling-goldberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Paris Walking Tours," 3 Mar. 2018 Favorites include apple strudel, bear claws and kolaches. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Maryland German Festival Feast on wurst and sauerkraut and schnitzel and strudel, all washed down with a stein or two of beer (or should that be Bier?). Chris Kaltenbach,, "Spice, sauerkraut and Barenaked Ladies: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week," 8 July 2018 Since 1868 Naegelin’s has been baking bread, pies, strudels, kolaches and lots more. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 German foods will be plentiful, from pork chops to herring, strudel to kuchen, and local German dance groups will perform traditional dances. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer Guide: Festivals and free concerts, July 23-29," 22 July 2017 Join Mary, Paul, Sue and Mel in the tent along with 12 amateur bakers who will vie for star baker in a season filled with challenges that include bagels, strudel, treacle tarts and choux gateaux. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: 'Great British Baking Show' and 'Marvel's Luke Cage' return," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of strudel

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for strudel

German, literally, whirlpool

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The first known use of strudel was in 1881

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English Language Learners Definition of strudel

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

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