Can you guess what is happening here today? Go on, guess!
If you guessed “More food!” you are correct!
The human female’s mother has agreed to teach me how to make her special Apple Roses. With a cast on, it’s going to be a mostly hands-off lesson for me, but I’m enthusiastic nonetheless. Loki says it all sounds “a bit too girly” and that he’ll sample the finished product. That’s all right. Pastry and cloaks don’t mix very well!
We are starting with a nice, crisp apple.
This one’s an envy. Isn’t the color gorgeous? You could even make some yellow apple roses–or a combination of red and yellow!
First, you want to wash and core your apple. But don’t peel it! You want that color!
Cut each half into thin slices–about 1/8″.
You might end up with some pieces toward the outside of each apple half that aren’t very big. You can either eat those (yum!) or save them for the middles of the roses. Drop the slices into a bowl of water with a splash of lemon juice as you cut them. That way they won’t brown.
Microwave the bowl of apples in water for three minutes on high to cook them a little. You want the slices to be flexible, but not mushy. Not that I have anything against mushy apples! Applesauce is nummy! It’s just not what we are aiming for today.
We are using frozen puff pastry. If you have the time and skill to make your own, you are my new hero. When my arm heals, I may try making some. But store-bought is perfectly okay!
Roll out the pastry to about 1/8″ thick.
We are making six roses from one apple and one half package of pastry, so we want to cut each of the marked-out pieces in half lengthwise.
To start making the roses, first spread one strip thinly with apricot jam. If your jam is too thick or too cold, you can warm it up a little.
Don’t use too much jam or your roses will be soggy. : ( You want just enough to be “glue”!
Next, place apple slices overlapping on the top half of the strip, fold the bottom of the pastry up over the bases of the slices, then roll the whole thing up.
Isn’t that pretty! Don’t worry if your first try is a little wonky–mine was! It will still be delicious.
We are going to cook these in a muffin tin. Put a rose in every other space so the rose petals have room to spread. We’re spraying the cups we’re using with non-stick spray and filling the unused cups with water so that things heat evenly.
At this point you can sprinkle the roses with a little sugar if you want them sweeter and sparkly. You could also use cinnamon!
Bake at 375F until the pastry is crisp and golden, about 30 to 40 minutes. Let them cool for a minute or two before taking them out of the cups–any longer than that and they will probably stick!
Squeee! These are almost too pretty to eat! You can serve these warm or cold, with ice cream or whipped cream or a dusting of powdered sugar. You could tuck a rose or mint leaf in between the pastry and the petals, too, if you want to be really fancy.
Somehow, though, I don’t think these are going to last long enough for any embellishments, not with the way Loki is eyeing them!
Oh, no! I just realized I didn’t get a photo of the rolling-up process! I am so sorry!!! There are some good photos here, though we weren’t working from that particular recipe.
These were really fun and easy and yummy! I hope you try some of your own!