Mix apples with crumbs. Lay out clean kitchen towel and layer sheets of phyllo dough on top, brushing each with the melted butter. Place the apple mixture on prepared phyllo layers, spreading as you go about 3 inches from the edge closest to you. Mix sugar and cinnamon in a dish and sprinkle over the apples.
Now take the edge of the towel nearest you and slowly start to make a big roll by pulling up and towards you. This is not as hard as it sounds. As you are rolling it you can roll it right into a greased pan. Then tuck the ends of the strudel underneath itself. Brush the top with more butter and bake at 350 degress for about 1 hour. Brush every 20 minutes with butter. Strudel is done when it looks like it has collapsed. Cool and cut into slices and dust with powdered sugar.
Note: You can vary the filling by adding chopped walnuts or raisins. If you add raisins you should first soften them in hot water and then dry them before using.
Appeared in print 9/9/09