These lovely apple roses pull together all that is deliciously appealing about sweet baked apples and flakey crusts. What’s not to love! They have all the enticing, classic flavors of a great apple pie … only in these exquisite little packages (“blooms”) that look far more sophisticated to assemble than they really are.
Boxed puff pastry (found in the freezer section of most markets) lends these company-worthy apple roses an every-day ease. And with just a little organized effort on the assembly side, the roses bake up into perfect little “blooms” in no time, with each slice of apple naturally relaxing into an organic, petal-like form. A simple muffin tin is the secret to perfect little roses each and every time… keeping them snuggly in form as they bake.
Stemilt’s Jonagold apples, a great all-purpose variety with aromatic, honey-like sweetness, were used in this preparation but any of Stemilt’s wide selection of bake-friendly apples will work. Golden Delicious for its consistent sweet flavor, Piñata® if you want a little tropical flavor twist, Braeburn if you are looking for a more robust profile with nutmeg and cinnamon tones, Pink Lady® for a bit of a zippy tartness, or Granny Smith for that classic lemony punch so many apple pie lovers love. There’s a great, delicious range of Stemilt apples; a range that will surely befit a bounty of beautiful blooms.
One puff pastry sheet will make six apple roses. Here are 3 tips worth noting before you begin:
- Have all your ingredients prepped/measured and readily at hand to make the assembly process easy.
- Use a mandolin slicer to get a consistent slice of apple (thin… approximately 1/8-inch thick or less… thin as you can without tearing). Little hands can jump into the assembly process once everything is prepped and ready to go.
- Warm apple slices in microwave, as directed, just before you are ready to use them so they are more pliable and accepting of being rolled in your pastry sheet.
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