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Mennonite Apple Strudel
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons shortening
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup warm water
5 cups sliced apples
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
5 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Sift the flour and salt together.
Cut in the shortening and add the eggs and water.
Knead well, then throw or beat the dough against a board until it blisters.
Stand the dough in a warm place under a cloth for 20 minutes.
Cover the kitchen table with a small white cloth and flour it. Put the dough on it and pull it out with your hands very carefully to the thickness of tissue paper.
Spread with a mixture of the fruits, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and lemon rind. Fold in the outer edges of the dough and roll like a jellyroll - about 4 inches wide.
Bake in a very hot oven (450 degrees F) for 10 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees F and bake about 20 minutes longer.
Cut into slices about 2 inches wide. It should be flaky and moist.
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