Apple rose dessert

Apple rose dessert

When we recently visited Miami, our daughter-in-law served us this impressive apple dessert. She had got  the recipe from a friend, who had got it from somebody’s blog…Later I saw in a French magazine a similar recipe, Roses de pommes en tartelette, in which the pastry sheet was made from scratch. It just proved that French girls are formidable pastry chefs.
Ingredients for four serving of apple rose dessert

The following recipe is my twist of the two original recipes and made from ingredients bought in our  local supermarket in Nice. This elegant apple dessert will impress your guests, whether you choose to serve it with vanilla ice cream the American way, or just the tartelette the French way.
Slicing the apples for apple rose dessert

4 servings:

2 Pink Lady apples or other red apples (you don’t need to use them all)
A sheet of thin and rectangular puff pastry, pâte feuilletée
2 tbsp apricot jam plus a little water (you don’t need to use this all)
Cup cake tray
A little butter for the cup cake tray
Powdered sugar, sucre glace

Arranging apple slices on pastry strips

Wash the apples and halve them. Remove the cores and cut the apples into thin slices. I first found this the hardest part of the recipe, but the “roses” are more decorative if the slices are really thin. Microwave the slices until they are soft but not mushy.
Turning over the other long side

Preheat the oven to 180⁰ C. Butter the cup cake tray.
Rolling the strips into roses
Roll out the puff pastry from its package. Cut out 4 strips, about 5 cm wide and 25- 34 cm long.

Warm the apricot jam with a little water in microwave and mix until smooth. Brush this mixture on the pastry strips.
Apple roses ready to oven

Arrange apple slices on one long side of the pastry strip like a lace border placing the rounded skin side to the outside. The apple slices will overlap each other and cover about half of the long side of the pastry strip.

Turn over the other long side and roll the strips into “roses”. They look best if you can roll the “roses” so that the center will be slightly higher like in a real rose. I was not concentrating on this enough when rolling.

Place the “roses” in the cup cake tray and bake in 180⁰ C for about 30 minutes until nicely coloured. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.


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