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).
Recipe by Can Kim Cook at http://www.cankimcook.co.uk/baked-apple-roses/