Apple Roses

Apple Roses

Kristina Vanni

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Serving: 1 apple rose
Yields: 6 apple roses

These apple roses look like a fancy treat from a high end patisserie. No one has to know how easy they are to make!

Along with thinly sliced red apples and prepared puff pastry, these apple roses are flavored with apple jelly and apple brandy. You can certainly use water or apple juice in place of the brandy for a non-alcoholic version of the dessert. If you can't find apple jelly, apricot preserves also work well in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (half of a 17.3 ounce package)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 medium red apples
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons apple jelly
  • 2 tablespoons apple brandy
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Thaw the puff pastry sheet at room temperature according to package directions. Grease a 6-cup muffin pan and set aside.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  2. Fill a large bowl halfway with cold water and add the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples into paper-thin slices. (Do not peel the apples. The skin will give the red color to the apple roses.) Immediately place the sliced apples into the bowl and submerge in the lemon water to prevent browning.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  3. Unwrap the thawed puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, stretch the dough into a 12-x 9-inch rectangle.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  4. Cut the dough in 6 strips, each about 2-x 9-inches.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  5. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the apple jelly and the apple brandy. Microwave for about one minute or until the jelly is softened and can be spread easily.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  6. Brush a thin layer of the jelly mixture onto each strip of dough.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  7. Working in batches, remove several apple slices from the water and place them in a single layer on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 45 seconds or until soft and pliable (the apple slices should be just soft enough to bend without breaking). If you test one and it breaks, microwave 5-10 seconds more.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  8. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Arrange the warm apple slices onto the top half of the dough strips, slightly overlapping one another, making sure the skin side of the slices sticks out a little from the top of the strip. Sprinkle generously with apple pie spice. Fold up the bottom part of the dough, then starting from one end, carefully roll the dough, keeping the apple slices in place. Seal the edge at the end by pressing lightly with your finger.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  9. Place each rolled strip into the prepared muffin tin as you. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden-brown and fully cooked.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni

  10. Gently, lift the cooked apple roses from the muffin tin and place on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Serve warm.

    Apple Roses

    Kristina Vanni