I first made these beaut’s for Valentines Day last year. Gosh did I have to dig deep to find my inner girly girl. I have one, but she only comes out for special occasions which generally involves lots of glitter, pink and unicorns.
These little roses are so simple, don’t take too much time and you don’t need a long list of ingredients to make them. Your friends will be super duper impressed at your mad skills, little do they know it’s dead easy to make. BOOM – instant street-cred with the book club.
So let’s get cracking…
6 small apples, peeled and thinly sliced, then halved
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
4 tbsp Demerara sugar
1 roll of defrosted puff pastry
In a microwave proof bowl place the thinly sliced apples and the butter. Cover with cling wrap and microwave on high for 3 minutes until the apples are just starting to go translucent.
Combine the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar.
Cut the puff pastry into 6 strips, 7cm x 20cm. Sprinkle the spiced sugar mixture down the middle of each puff pastry strip.
Using the apple slices we are going to fan the apple halves down the length of the puff pastry. The apples must over lay one another about mid way for each slice. At least half of the slice should be over the puff pastries edge, (see photo).
Fold the puff pastry in half, so as to stick the apple slices in between the pastry. (See photo)
Now the pastry can be rolled tightly lengthways to create a rosette. You can already see apple rose forming.
Place each apple rose into a buttered muffin tray.
Bake in an oven at 170˚C for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and the pastry is cooked through.
Before serving dust with a little icing sugar, and serve with vanilla Chantilly cream or even ice cream.
Makes: 6 individual apple roses
Tip: these can be made before the time and reheated when needed.