Blogger Variation by Shaina Olmanson of Food For My Family
For Shaina's version, prepare as above, except for the filling, omit brown sugar, decrease to 1/4 cup golden raisins, increase to 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, increase to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and add 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg with the apples. In a small saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar over medium-high heat until just bubbly, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon brandy, stirring until bubbling subsides. Stir into apple mixture. Omit egg white and water and brush roll with melted butter and sprinkle with turbinado sugar before baking. Drizzle baked strudel with a mixture of 1/2 cup powdered sugar and enough brandy to make of drizzling consistency.