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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It’s hard to pass this charming French patisserie without stopping for a treat: croissants, cinnamon rolls, apple strudel, éclairs, napoleons, cream puffs and much more. Irene Lechowitzky, Los Angeles Times, "Durango, Colo., is all about pizza, pastries and a secret speakeasy on this weekend trip," 8 Aug. 2019 Nicholas’ house was great with the smell of garlic and rigatoni pasta, Kathy’s house had the sweet savory smell of Mediterranean spices, and my best friend Steve always had my favorite: roasted chicken and apple strudel! Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "What exactly is happening with the new L.A. County sheriff?," 23 July 2019 Where there was once strudel, there are now tamales. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Farewell, Vienna, Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest has gone Latin," 13 July 2019 There, the proprietress greeted us with prosecco, stewed meats and quintessentially Triestine strucolo, a strudel-like pastry. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Undiscovered Italy: The Strange and Splendid Carso Region," 20 June 2019 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

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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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