For the dough:
2 cups wheat flour,
1 whole egg,
1/4 cup oil,
1 tablespoon (wine) vinegar,
1 cup lukewarm water,
in grams (for the serious baker):
300g wheat flour,
up to 200ml of water (note the "up to" - start with less!),
50g oil (or melted butter),
For the filling:
1/2 cup sugar,
1/2 cup raisins,
1 lemon (juice and rind),
rum (or essence).
1/2 cup bread crumbs,
1/2 cup butter melted,
1/2 cup milk.
Preparing the dough:
Mix flour, egg, oil, vinegar, water and salt and knead for at least 5 minutes.
The result should be a smooth, pliable dough.
Place the dough on an oiled plate and cover the surface of it with a little oil as well, then cover with plastic wrap or a glass bowl and put it in a warm place (40-45 degrees C).
Let it rest for at least 30 minutes; this is essential, otherwise the dough will break when it is stretched out thinly.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Peel and slice apples, add raisins, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and rum and mix.
Stretching the dough:
Take a clean kitchen towel and spread flour on it. Then place the
lukewarm dough ball on it.
Roll it out thinly with a rolling pin and then keep stretching the dough even thinner with the backs of your (floured) hands.
Work your hands with the backs up under the dough and start to stretch it in all directions (as you would do with a pizza dough!), until the dough is very thin. Once you can see the pattern of your kitchen towel through the dough, it is ready for filling.
Fill, roll and bake:
Brush the entire stretched dough with melted butter and spread bread crumbs over the dough, leaving a border all round free.
Put the apple filling over the crumbs.
Fold in the sides a little so the filling won't fall out the ends of the strudel, and then use the towel to help you roll up the strudel, place it on a baking sheet and brush the top with melted butter.
Bake at 180 degrees C for about 1 hour.
Then pour the milk over the strudel and bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Serve it immediately, it is best eaten while still warm with a warm vanilla sauce, or in summer try vanilla ice cream.