You’ve probably seen these on social media – I saw a ‘proper tasty’ video of these beauties and wondered how patient I would have to be to create something similar. I was really pleased with my first attempt. I don’t have a microwave so I made sure that I sliced the apples as thinly as I could and boiled them in lemon water until they were very soft.
Baked apple roses
Yield 6 roses
- 4 apples, cored and halved (leave the skin on)
- Juice from ½ lemon
- 3 tbsp jam (I used apricot)
- 2 tbsp water
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- Cinnamon to taste
- Serve with ice cream or custard and a drizzle of maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth.
- Preheat oven to 190°C.
- Slice the apples into very thin strips and add to a pan of boiling water and half the lemon juice and cook until soft (about 7-10mins)
- Pat the apples dry with a clean tea towel
- Dust a work surface with icing sugar
- Cut the pastry to make 6 long strips about 3 inches wide.
- In a bowl mix the jam with 1-2 tbsp of water and add to the center of the pastry in one long strip
- Place the apple slices along the jam strip, leaving enough pastry at the bottom of the apple so you can fold the pastry over half of the apple slices
- This bit isn't as tricky as it sounds - roll the strips carefully (from one end to the other) until you get something that resembles a rose
- Carefully place the rose in a muffin tin for 40-50mins (if the apples start to brown too much, cover them in tin foil, and place back in the oven, you don't want soggy pastry!)
- Leave to cool slightly before eating
- Enjoy with wine. You deserve it for making something as impressive as these apple roses (your friends will be in awe and you'll make your parents proud).