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Apple Strudel | Inglorious Basterds

Inglorious Basterds (2009): A war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Daniel Brühl, Til Schweiger and Mélanie Laurent. The film tells an alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's leadership, one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus (Laurent), a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by the British but ultimately conducted solely by a team of Jewish American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt). Christoph Waltz co-stars as Hans Landa, an SS colonel in charge of tracking down Raine's group.

"A basterd's work is never done"

You will find apple strudel scene where col. Hans Landa is ordering two strudels at Chez Maurice restaurant, one for himself and the other for Shosanna. When the waiter brings the two strudels, he quickly excuses himself, as he forgot the cream and tells her to wait for the creme and only after the waiter adds some cream, he tells her to enjoy it. Shosanna takes one bite out of the strudel, and agrees that it's good when the colonel asks how was it. She doesn't eat the rest, instead just fiddles a bit with the fork in it. Landa however, eats most of the strudel, and before he departs, he extinguishes his cigarette in the strudel creme.

"Have you tried the strudel here?" - Hans Landa

Apple Strudel: A traditional Viennese strudel, a popular pastry in Austria, Bavaria, Czech Republic, Northern Italy and in many other countries in Europe that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867–1918). "Strudel", a German word, derives from the Middle High German word for "swirl", "whirlpool" or "eddy". The apple strudel variant is called "Strudel di mele" in Italian, “strudel jabłkowy” in Poland, "Ștrudel de mere" in Romanian, "jabolčni zavitek" in Slovenian, "štrudla od jabuka" or "savijaca sa jabukama" in Croatia, Almásrétes in Hungarian and Apfelstrudel in German. The oldest known strudel recipe is from 1697, a handwritten recipe housed at the Wienbibliothek im Rathaus.


  • 170g bread flour or all-purpose flour

  • 70ml water

  • 30ml sunflower oil

  • 5g vanilla powder

  • 1 TBS brown sugar


  • 2 - 3 medium size apples

  • 70g brown sugar

  • 1/4 TSP cinnamon powder

  • 80g - 100g butter (melted)

  • 20g flour


1.Place bread flour or all-purpose flour into a mixing bowl. Then add in vanilla powder and sugar. Mix until combined. Then add in water and sunflower oil. Knead until it form into a solid shape.

2. Transfer the dough onto a kneading board and continue kneading for another 10 - 15 minutes until it comes together into a smooth ball. Place it on a bowl and spread some sunflower oil on top. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

You may preheat your oven to 200°C at this point.

3. Next, let's prepare the apple fillings. Peel off the apple's skin and cut into small cubes. Place it into a bowl and add in sugar with cinnamon powder. Mix until combined. Set aside.

4. When the dough is ready, take out from the fridge and place it on a parchment paper with some flour below. Dust the dough with some flour and divide it into 3 portions.

5. Take one portion of the dough at a time and start flatten it using a roller. Make sure to flatten it as thin as possible. Place a round plate on top of the flatten dough and cut off the remaining dough to form a circle. Brush some melted butter on top and set aside. Repeat this step for the remaining doughs and once done, place each dough with melted butter on top of each other.

5. Next, place the apple fillings in the middle of the dough and fold the top and bottom part. Finally, seal it by folding the left and right side of the dough. Transfer it on a baking tray and brush the top with some melted butter. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, 200°C. All done!

6. To create a similar apple strudel presentation in the film, simply cut off around one-third of the apple strudel and place it on a white plate. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top and finally top it with heavy cream! Right, ready to serve!

Did you know? Since puff pastries (what strudels are) during WWII were made with pig lard (not Kosher) due to wartime butter shortage, Landa's choice of dish for Shosanna could be seen either as a test to see if she's Jewish (as she'd normally reject the food) or he knows who she is and is forcing her into eating non-kosher. The additional cream he orders is another contravention of Kosher rules 🤔

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