🍎  Pastry Apple Roses 🍏

 Want to try baking something impressive this weekend?  Then THIS is it!

You really don’t have to be a master chef to make these beautiful apple roses.  They’re surprisingly light, flakey and let me finish it off by saying….. DIVINE!

  • 1 Packet Puff Pastry, thawed
  • Apricot jam, or any other fruit jam you may have at home
  • 4-5 Apples, halved and finely sliced
  • Some raisins or dates
  • Cinnamon
  • Toasted almond flakes
  • 1 Tub cream cheese
  • Icing sugar
  • 1 Lemon, squeezed
  1. Cut your apples in half, remove the pips and cut them into thin slices.  Place it into a bowl of the squeezed lemon juice and hot water to prevent them from going brown, but mostly to make the apple soft.  If you’re in a hurry, place the apples, water and lemon juice in the microwave for a minute or two until the apples are quite soft.
  2. Take some flour and sprinkle it on to the kitchen counter.  Place the puff pastry on top and slightly roll it out broader and wider than it is.  Cut it width ways into 6 strips.
  3. Spread some jam on to the centre of each strip.
  4. Drain the apples and put them on the pastry strips, skin side should stick over the top of the pastry.
  5. Sprinkle some of the raisins and toasted almonds on to each strip.
  6. Top it off with cinnamon.
  7. Now fold the bottom part of the pastry up, still allowing some apple to stick out over the edge.
  8. Roll up the pastry from one side to fit into the cupcake tin.  Cut off any excess.  Don’t throw it away.  The excesses can be placed together to make an extra pastry rose.
  9. Place into the oven at 200degC for 20-30 minutes until the pastry is brown and apples are caramelised.
  10. While the pastry apples are baking, sweeten the tub of cream cheese with about a tablespoon of icing sugar.  Keep refrigerated.
  11. Once the apple roses are done, remove from the cupcake tray.  Don’t allow them to set, because of the sugars caramelising, if you don’t remove it, it will stick into the tin.
  12. Serve with a dollop of the sweetened cream cheese and coffee.

Puff pastry slightly rolled out onto flour

Spread some jam on the centre of each pastry strip. If you can, try buying some homemade jams and support local business.

Those are not toasted almonds (obviously). They’re coconut flakes, which works just as well. But toasted almonds are way better.

Ready to fold the bottom half of the pastry strip over.

Don’t over think this recipe but most importantly, don’t put too many ingredients on to the centre of the pastry strips, as that would make it difficult to roll up.  Edit as you start rolling it up.

Serve the pastry roses warm.  

Don’t overdo the cream, one tablespoon per rose on each plate is enough. 

1 Roll of puff pastry makes 6 roses in a conventional size cupcake tray.  Be prepared to buy a lot of pastry if you’re planning to serve it for dessert at a dinner party.  Some will want seconds.  

Don’t have apples or jam? Use slices of banana and Nutella instead! Absolutely out of this worldly delicious. 



Sandy Nouwens


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