Ciao a tutti! I felt so guilty last week when I published that (apparently) complicated and extra wordy post about macarons that today I decided to share with you a recipe that is easy and fast but not traditionally Italian. Besides, it’s super popular and mostly absolutely appropriate for this period of the year where we are about to say goodbye to summer and welcome fall. I am talking about these super cute roses made with puff pastry and apples, that I’ve wanted to try in a long time and that only yesterday I decided to experiment. There are tons of tutorial and recipes on Pinterest I’ve read as inspiration, and I came out with my own, which I am sharing with you in few minutes.
These absolutely adorable and tasty roses can be prepared with any kind of apples but those with red skin would work better as for the esthetic effect. For 6 pieces you will need only a bunch of
1 puff pastry sheet
1 lemon juice
2 tbs. water
cinnamon to taste
They are so easy to prepare that you will want to give it a try asap!
Wash the apples, take away the stem and core, and cut in very thin slices (thin because otherwise it will be impossible to shape them).
Place the apple slices in a bowl with 2 tbs. of sugar (even the brown one works very well), the lemon juice and a couple of tbs. of water and microwave for about 2 minutes. Once microwaved, drain the apples in a strainer to get rid off all the extra juice.
Take the puff pastry out of the refrigerator, roll it out on a parchment paper sheet and cut it in six stripes about 2″ wide (5 cm.). Microwave for about 1 minute a bowl of apricot preserve.
At this point, brush one puff pastry stipe with the melted apricot preserve and arrange the apples on one side of the stripe, making sure each apple slices overlaps the other. Dust with cinnamon to taste (optional). Fold the stripe to “wrap” the apples. Roll up the stripe to shape it as a rose, making sure to let it a bit loose so it will have room enough to raise once in the oven.
Arrange the rose in a oven sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat for each puff pastry stripe left. Dust with sugar.
Bake for about 40 minutes at 400 F (200 C.) in the oven middle rack.
Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy still warm…. YUMMMMMMMM! So delicious!!!
LEARN IT, MADE IT, LOVED IT!
Tips: – These roses are delicious even the day after, but be careful: if you microwave to get them warm again the puff pastry will get chewy and lose its crispiness.
– My daughters had lot of fun helping me preparing these roses: they had no issues at arraging the apples and rolling the pastry.
– My family is not very fond of cinnamon, so I made only two out of six roses with cinnamon: I tell you, those with the spice were ten times better!
– Usually puff pastry sheets are sold in couples, so when you approach this recipe, be sure to have four apples instead of only two.
– Since Fall is approaching and you may be considering to pick up apples at an apple orchard soon, save this other apple desserts recipes… they may come handy soon:
- Apple, pine nuts and raisins pastry pie;
- Fluffy apple coffee cake:
- Italian style apple crumble;
- Apple muffins from scratch;
- Steamed apples and ice-cream.
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