Strudel is one of the most popular Austrian pastries. The best known
kinds are Apfelstrudel (with apple) and Topfenstrudel (with Topfen),
others include Weichselstrudel (sour cherry strudel) and Mohnstrudel
(Poppy seed strudel).
The origin of the word itself is said to have come from the German word for maelstrom, Strudel.
Strudel was invented and became an important dish during the period of
the Habsburg monarchy, the Austro Hungarian empire. So this is the
reason because this kind of dish is also popular in Czech Republic or
Slovakia. Czech Republic and Slovakia belonged to the Habsburg empire.