Apple Rose Puff Pastry
Apple Rose Puff Pastry is a pastry with sliced apples topping that is rolled in puff pastry to create rose shape. It basically tastes like mini apple pie with rose shape and simpler methods. I found this recipe incredibly popular on Pinterest with many different fillings available. Trust me, they look super beautiful and unbelievably easy to make, just like any other puff pastry recipes.
Topping and Filling Alternatives
First of all, you will need red medium-sized apples for yellow roses with reddish hue on the skin or you can use green ones for yellow roses with greenish hue on the skin. You can use other fruits like peaches for yellow roses or plums for dark red roses. I choose apples for rose puff pastry recipe because apples are crisper, firmer, and it is easier to be rolled and shaped.
Cut the apples into two and remove the core. Slice them as thinly and uniformly as possible for easy rolling. You can cut by hand with sharp knife or mandoline slicer to get super thin slices. Next, mix lemon juice and water with apple slices to prevent apples from browning. Boil or microwave everything until apple slices get soft and then drain out the water. This step is pretty crucial so that when you roll the pastry, the apple slices do not teared up.
For the filling in this recipe, I use apricot preserve as the taste complements the apples and bring out the sweetness of the apples. You can substitute with other fruit jam or even something as simple as melted butter and honey. I also find some recipes using cream cheese for the filling.
How to assemble the rose shape pastry
Once you are done slicing and boiling the apple slices, we need to roll the pastry. I much prefer to grab a ready-to-use pastry box in my freezer as making puff pastry from the scratch is so much time and energy consuming. Cut one sheet of puff pastry into 6 equal long strips. Spread the filling on the puff pastry strips. Not only the filling gives taste and sweetens the pastry, but also the purpose of the filling is to stick puff pastry and apple slices so that they do not fall apart.
Lay the apple slices on the top side of each pastry strip, overlapping slightly and ensuring the skin side of the apple pokes out of the top slightly. Fold the bottom part of the pastry up and roll the dough. The rose is then formed and transferred into greased muffin tin. Sprinkle with cinnamon powder and granulated sugar.
I must say that the first try rolling the pastry may be end up not perfect as apple slices will sometimes slip from the puff pastry. However, after few tries you will get the hang of it.
Apple Rose Puff Pastry
- 3 apples
- 2 sheets frozen puff pastry thawed
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 cups water
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 6 tbsp apricot jam
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- cinnamon powder (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 F (200°C). Grease muffin tin or line muffin tin with paper cases.
Slice the apples into half, remove the core and slice the apples into thin slices.
Heat water, sugar and lemon juice to boiling. Add apple slices, boil until apple slices are soft. Drain the apples and place on paper towels to dry and cool completely.
Place the puff pastry on floured surface. Roll out puff pastry .Cut them into 6 equal strips. Then spread apricot jam. Place the apple slices. Fold, roll and place in a muffin tin.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar if desired.
Bake for 45 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Serve warm and top with powdered sugar if desired.