Beautiful Apple Roses
Best in show - the prettiest apples ever!
I love a delicious, baked treat as much as the next sugar fiend but there is something to be said for a dish that's as pretty on the outside as it is delicious. If you're someone who enjoys the "ooohs and aaahhhs" of those you cook for, then this is just the recipe to try.
These baked apples are easy, yummy and gorgeous. They don't take a whole lot of time but it looks like they took hours to create. With the holiday season just around the corner, these will be a beautiful addition to your seasonal menu. Bon apetit and happy baking!
- 4 whole, medium apples, gala or red delicious work well
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup flour
- With a pairing knife, core apples and slice them very thin, the thinner the better.
- Add two cups of water and one tablespoon of lemon juice to a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add the apples and cook until they are tender. Be careful not too overcook them. They should be bendable but not mushy.
- Once apples are lightly cooked, set aside on on paper towels to dry.
- Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle 1/4 of the mixture over the apples.
- On a clean surface, sprinkle the flour and unfold the puff pastry. Scramble the egg in a small bowl and baste the egg wash onto the pastry. Once you've lightly coated the pastry, sprinkle 1 table spoon of the sugar mixture over the pastry.
- Cut the pastry into 1.5-inch sections (on the long side). Now here's the fun/tricky part, it's time to build your roses! Lay the apples so that the red side is sticking up out of the pastry and layer the apple slices along the strip, you can fit anywhere from 7 to 10 slices on one strip. Fold the remaining part of the pastry over the apples so that it creates a pocket.
- Starting at one end, roll the apple-filled pastry all the way up and viola! You have apple roses!!! Now, this can be tricky at first so if you mess up, you can easily start over until you get the hang of it. You can also prep these ahead of time and bake them up when you're ready.
- Place your beautiful new roses into a standard muffin pan, sprinkle them with sugar and set in the fridge to chill for at least 15 minutes. Use this time to heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- When you're ready, bake the roses for 20 - 25 minutes. Make sure to check on them to ensure that they don't get too brown or crispy. And ENJOY!!!!
I hope your apple roses are a hit and that you enjoy them as much as I do! I've included two products for this product that i personally love to use for this recipe. Happy cooking and stay tuned for more recipes on the Brady Blog!