those who know me know i love flowers, however i wind up killing the beauties because i don’t have a green thumb. trust me, i mean well. i talk to them and tell them how beautiful they are but i overcare for them and they slowly die… and leave me all alone with my fake plants. (cries)
ANYWAYS, back to my love of flowers… since i can’t keep the things alive, i thought i would admire them in a way i love. baking of course. these beauties look difficult but they couldn’t be simpler. all you need are apples, ready made puff pastry, apricot jam and sugar (and cinnamon, if you fancy). i regret not taking step by step photos so bear with me as a try to explain.
lets get this baby started! frozen puff pastry sheets from your local grocery store’s frozen food section will work perfectly for this. allow one puff pastry sheet to thaw. meanwhile, slice your apples very thinly. how i did this: give one good slice from top to bottom. remove the core and then slice into very thin slices. once your apples are sliced, put them in a middle-sized bowl. fill the bowl halfway with water and squeeze the juice of half the lemon into the bowl to keep the apples from browning. microwave for 5 minutes until apples are tender and bendable.
on to the next! remember that puff pastry that was thawing all nicely? yeah, get that baby out. make sure to dust your countertop with flour and bust out your rolling pin. stretch out that puff pastry with your rolling pin so you can get some more bang for your buck. then, slice the puff pastry into 6 slices.
are your apples ready? you’re gonna need them out. take one strip of your puff pastry that you just cut. brush on some apricot jam along the top half of the strip. then, place your apple slices along the top half of the puff pastry. what are we gonna do with the bottom half, you ask? we’re gonna fold it upwards to put the apple in a snug, little burrito. if you want to dust some sugar and cinnamon, now’s the time before to sprinkle. then, roll up your puff pastry from the side. place it into a muffin pan (it needs a muffin pan because it will puff up and it needs the room). bake at 375 degrees for 40 minutes (or eyeball because all ovens are different).
directions (makes 6 roses)
- 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
- 2 red organic apples (i grabbed red delicious)
- half lemon, juice
- 1 tablespoon of flour, to sprinkle the counter
- 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve
- cinnamon (optional)
- powder sugar for decorating (optional)
for pictures of this process, this website helped a ton!