Welcome back, sweet baking recipes! Finally! If you see the picture and think “Wow, this looks really lovely, but I would not be able to do such a thing”, let me prove you wrong 😉 These apple roses are super easy to make, you don’t need any special ingredients, you basically only need apples and a ready bought puff pastry. That’s it. Everything else is just taste adding and completely up to you. That way, they are the perfect dessert to prepare for guests or for your Easter brunch!
A friend of mine told me about this dessert, and it was really important to her how easy it is to prepare. She was right! I was done in less than an hour, the longest was actually the baking time in the oven. What I like about these roses, is that you can serve them as cake, but also as dessert. Take a look below the recipe, I have prepared some tips for how you can quickly turn them into a lovely dessert 🙂 If you have a hard time visualizing the written instructions, just google the term apple roses, there are hundreds of hundreds of videos out there, explaining very detailed how to turn an apple into a rose 😉
Ingredients (for 4 roses):
1 puff pastry (ready bought)
1.5 large apples (red)
honey and powder sugar
Wash the apples and cut them in half along the core. Place the cut surface on a cutting board and cut the apples into very thin slices. You could also use a mandoline to make sure that the slices are thin and even. Then remove the core carefully from the slices if necessary. Place the slices in a bowl and add the juice of the lemon. Put in the microwave for 2-3 minutes to soften the apples. Take the pastry out of the fridge and let the slices cool down a little bit.
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease 4 forms in a cupcake tin and sprinkle with flour. Spread out the puff pastry and cut it lengthwise into 4 even stripes. Spread a little bit of honey close to the cutting edge on one of the stripes. It should be like glue on an envelope. Then place the apple slices on the honey, always overlapping each other like roof tiles. It is important that the apple peel protrudes at the pastry for about 1.5 cm. Sprinkle the stripe with cinnamon, if you like. Then fold up the lower half of the pastry, such that it partly covers the apples, and matches the edge below the apples. Roll the stripes and place in the cupcake tin. Repeat with the other three stripes. Bake at 200°C for about 30-35 minutes. Sprinkle with powder sugar before serving.
Tip: If you add 100 ml of water to the apples before putting them into the microwave, they will change the color to a more peachy-rose-like color, but then the contrast to the peel is not as big any longer. You can also take any kind of jam instead of honey, if you would prefer that. To serve them as a dessert, heat them in the microwave for about 2 minutes and serve with vanilla ice cream.