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.

Examples of strudel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The state’s oldest bakery, Naegelin’s Bakery, still thrives downtown — an area local residents call the Circle — with a steady stream of customers, many of them newcomers and tourists clamoring for the shop’s trademark pastry, the apple strudel. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Pretzels, bratwurst, hot dogs and desserts including apple strudel and pretzel bread pudding will be available. Marc Bona, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2021 The German Corner Apple strudel; Bavarian cream puff; bottled water; bratwurst; Bierwurst; German Cheesecakes; German potato salad; pork schnitzel; potato pancakes; red cabbage; Reuben sandwiches; sauerkraut; soft drinks. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Aug. 2021 That is my best guess, based on my weeklong test drive of VW’s hot-from-the-oven, slightly underbaked strudel. Dan Neil, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 To top it off, there was apple strudel with vanilla sauce for dessert. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 22 Dec. 2020 For dessert there was apple strudel with vanilla sauce. Kirsten Grieshaber, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Dec. 2020 Similar in method to Indian paratha or Chinese scallion pancakes, Kenyan chapati is made by first stretching balls of dough into super-thin, strudel dough-like sheets that are then oiled generously before being rolled up into thin logs. Los Angeles Times, 17 Dec. 2020 But the authentic gatherings that make Oktoberfest feel like Oktoberfest – stein-lifting contests, dozens of food stands selling schnitzel and strudel – are taking a backseat this year. Phillip Valys,, 7 Oct. 2020

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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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“Strudel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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