Yay for apples right? I’ve got the recipe for the pretty little apple roses I made. I also made a homemade apple cake and custard cream sauce, but between the two, this the apple roses were definitely messier to make. And assembling them took a little practice. But the patience definitely paid off, and I think they looked better after baking than they did just sitting in the pan.
Ready to get a little dirty? Lets make apple roses!
A muffin pan
A microwavable mixing bowl
Clean surface for rolling out dough
Rolling pin, knife, brush
A mandolin would make this a heck of a lot easier, but not absolutely necessary
One package of pre-made pastry dough. I used Pepperidge Farm, which I found in the freezer section. You could use any kind of pastry dough, or if you’re feeling super Martha Stewart-y, make your own dough from scratch
Four red apples
2 tablespoons butter
Enough flour to cover your work surface
1. If needed, let your pastry dough thaw, follow the directions on the package. Preheat the oven to 375 once the dough is ready.
2. Cut your apples in half and core them. Don’t peel the apples, you want the peel on to enhance the definition of the roses.
3. Slice your apples into thin slices. This is where the mandolin comes in very handy as it allows you to make uniform slices. The most important thing is to have thin slices because thick slices will break when you roll them.
4. Squeeze a lemon over the bowl of apple slices, then fill with water until it covers the apples. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. The apples should be soft and pliable, but not mush. You can check after a minute if you’re concerned about them coming out too mushy. Be careful, as the apples with be warm/hot when you take them out.
5. Lay your pastry dough on a floured surface. Depending on the size and thickness of the dough, you may want to roll it out to your desired length/thickness. I did roll mine out just a bit.
6. Cut the pastry dough lengthwise into 6 pieces (my package came with 2 sheets of pastry dough, and I cut each sheet into 6 pieces, giving me 12 roses).
7. Brush melted butter on each piece, and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
8. Lay your apple slices on the strips of dough. They should overlap each other about halfway, and the peel side should overhang the dough a bit to become the “petals.” Leave some space on the other side of the dough for step 9.
9. Fold the dough over so it wraps around the apple.
10. Start on one end of the strip and begin rolling. Roll up the apple and dough, using a dab of water to seal the end. Put it in a muffin liner and into the pan.
11. Repeat until you’ve used all the dough. I had extra apple left.
12. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
The roses came out so pretty, and taste like little tiny apple pies. These are a great little treat for holiday parties, hostess gifts, or for Sunday brunch. Really, you could make these anytime you need to bring a dish to share. Once you get the hang on slicing and rolling, their really easy to make. And this is sure to impress any group!
If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes for you! Especially if you come up with any cool tricks for rolling the apples! Happy baking!