I consider this one to be a Pinterest win.
A few weeks back, I started to notice this thing in my feeds, over and over. People were making tarts and pies–not a strange thing, given this time of the year. But instead of just chopping the apples up and throwing them in a pie shell, they were beautifully, artfully presented.
The apple rose was one of them, and I thought, “how hard can that be??” after reading a few tutorials. So I thought I’d give it a shot.
They actually are not hard to make. The trickiest thing about them is cooking the apples to the right consistency. You want your apples to be pliable, but not mushy. For me, 2 minutes in the microwave was not quite enough, but 3 was too much. You’ll have to play around with times.
These taste just like apple pie, but they are arguably much prettier.
On to the tutorial!
How to Make Apple Roses
- puff pastry, thawed
- crisp apples, like jonagolds
- apple butter or apricot jam
- cinnamon & sugar for sprinkling (I like cardamom, too)
- lemon juice
- Halve and core your apples (you don’t need to peel them). Using a mandolin or even just a knife, cut very thin half-moon slices.
- Place the apple slices in a small, microwave-proof bowl, and cover with water and couple of tablespoons of lemon juice. Place in the microwave and cook on full for 2-3 minutes, just until the apple slices are soft and pliable. Allow to cool so you can work with them.
- Cut your puff pastry (width-wise) into 1.5″-2″ strips.
- Lay the strip of puff pastry down on your work surface, and brush the top with the jam.
- Now, starting at one end, begin to lay your apple slices end to end on the puff pastry. You want the top of the apples (the arc part) to be peeking up over the top of the puff pastry, and you want a margin of puff pastry at the bottom. You can overlap your slices a little if you like.
- Once you have the pastry covered with apple, begin to carefully roll it up from one end to the other.
- Drop “roses” into a pre-buttered muffin tin. Brush each with a little butter, then sprinkle with a little sugar and cinnamon.
- Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden.