Rosy Apples

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Photography Andy Arnfield – The Gourmet Grocer

This week I saw this recipe and video trending on social media, it looked like so much fun and tasty I had to give it a whirl. Seriously it is so simple and the results are stunning.  I have replaced the apricot jam with crab apple jelly from the original recipe, as I have an apricot hater in the house. I served them with a big scoop of ice cream! I am also thinking that they would make a great decoration to adorn a special birthday cake in the future, so watch this space. I have added the video from cooking with Manuella at the bottom of the post which will help you with the folding of the pastry. Enjoy

Ingredients: to make 6 roses
1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
2 red organic apples (I used red delicious)
half lemon, juice
1 tablespoon of flour, to sprinkle the counter
3 tablespoons of crab apple jelly
cinnamon (optional)
icing sugar for decorating (optional)

Preparation time: about 20 minutes to prepare, plus 45 minutes to bake
Directions:
1. Thaw the puff pastry if you haven’t done so yet. It should take about 20-30 minutes.

2. Prepare a bowl with some water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper thin slices, as shown in my picture. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl with lemon and water, so that they won’t change color.

3. Microwave the apples in the bowl, for about 3 minutes, to make them slightly softer. If you prefer, you can also simmer the apple slices in the water in a small pan (on the stove).

4. Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough a little, trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips. These are about 2 in x 9 in (5 cm x 22 cm).

5. In a bowl, place three tablespoons of crab apple jelly with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute, so that the preserve will be easier to spread. Spread the preserve on the dough.

6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drain the apples.

7. Place the apples on the dough, as shown in the video at the bottom of this post. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you’d like.

8. Fold up the bottom part of the dough.

9. Carefully roll, seal the edge, and place in a silicone muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it’s silicone. Otherwise, make sure to grease it.

10. Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked.
NOTE: make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven! If after 30 minutes the apples on top look fully cooked, move the pan to a lower rack in the oven, and wait for 10-15 more minutes to avoid undercooking the puff pastry.

11. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!

Steps 6-9 can seem a little confusing, so go to this link for a video demonstration as it’s much easier than it sounds

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