I hoped to find a group of older women stretching dough across a kitchen but resolved to enjoy a tourist demonstration near the Palace in Vienna.
The young baker was full of charm and certainly showed good technique. Turns out he learned the recipe and touch from his grandmother.
Like a pizza, he further spreads the dough. After this stretch, he further stretches using his entire arm cocked at a ninety degree angle. see image below.
He then adds the apple filling. The big secret to the mix was to chop the apples unevenly, adding a varied apple texture.
Franny volunteered to spread the melted butter over the raw strudel. She's become a strudel rock sar.
The finished strudel varies from bakery to bakery. All had excellent attributes but eating them warm from the oven was always best!
The demonstration was excellent and I was happy to attend.
Several days later we bumped into the young baker on the metro train. We showed him a video of himself at the strudel demonstration. He had never seen himself on film.
He was happy and shy and probably didn't understand the personal value of his bakers touch. I hope someday he will understand.