I love Apple Roses. Yes, there are a gazillion recipes for these trendy little desserts, but if you’re making them for the first time or wanting to change them up a bit then keep reading. I decided to make three different flavors. I not only made them with apricot preserves, but also cinnamon sugar and a savory goat cheese and habanero jelly. Happily, I discovered that all three are delicious.
2 packages of puff pastry
6 to 8 apples (I used gala)
1 lemon (or lemon juice)
cinnamon and sugar for sprinkling the tops – except for the pepper jelly and goat cheese flavor
A. Apricot Preserves (Approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons)
The apricot preserves are a popular option. The taste is delicious and it bakes very well.
B. 2 Tbs. Cinnamon and 3 Tbs. of granulated sugar
The Cinnamon sugar mixture lends a very traditional baked apple pie flavor. It was Finn’s favorite. I melted about a tablespoon of butter and mixed it in with the cinnamon sugar mixture. They tasted fabulous, but the puff pastry didn’t bake quite as well. I think just sprinkling the cinnamon and sugar mixture on the puff pastry will be the trick.
C. Pepper Jelly and Goat cheese crumbles (Approximately 2 to 3 tablespoons of each)
I used a mango habanero pepper jelly, but any pepper jelly would work great. A subtle sprinkling of the goat cheese crumbles adds a delicious complexity to the savory flavor. This was Zaxlee’s favorite, she loves things with a little spice.
The entire family taste tested these options. My husband loved them all.
These apple roses are so easy to make. It’s really all about assembly. (Make sure to have plenty of counter space.)
First, thaw the puff pastry and place the sheets on wax paper. You’ll need a rolling pin with a bit of flour to help roll them out just a bit and a pizza cutter is the perfect tool to make the slices. You’ll need 24 pastry strips. (One package of puff pastry makes 12 strips.)
Now it’s time to slice your apples. Cut each apple down the center. Remove the seed core and slice into thin half circles. Place the apple slices in a medium mixing bowl with water and the juice from one lemon. Microwave the apples for about five minutes to slightly soften. Set aside. Drain before placing on the pastry.
Now it’s time for further assembly. Choose your filling and get ready to smear or sprinkle.
These strips have apricot jelly (top) and a cinnamon sugar spread (bottom). They are ready for the sliced apples.
Here the pepper jelly and goat cheese crumbles get crowned with apples before being folded and rolled.
Now press the ends a bit to “seal” the dough and then roll. They will form the fabulous little roses. Place in a well greased muffin pan and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon sugar.
Happy baking! Let me know if you experiment with any other yummy fillings.