Apple Roses




Introduction: Apple Roses

Apple roses are a pretty apple pastry that require a bit to time and effort, but no specialized skills. If you can use basic kitchen tools, you can make these beautiful desserts!

To begin, you'll need the following supplies:

  • 4 red apples (red delicious have a beautiful skin for this project, but any red apple will do)
  • 1 lemon (or 2-4 tbsp of lemon juice)
  • Apricot preserves
  • Frozen pastry puff dough (like Pillsbury)
  • Cinnamon

You'll also need the following tools:

  • A large microwave-safe bowl
  • A sharp knife
  • A small bowl
  • A microwave
  • A muffin tin

Step 1: Prepare the Apples

  1. Begin by cutting the apples into VERY thin slices. If you have a mandoline, that can be helpful, but not necessary. You want your apple slices to be 1/8 of an inch or less - the thinner they are, the easier it is to roll them up later!
  2. After cutting your apples, place them in a large, microwave safe bowl. Add warm water to just cover the apples, and add the lemon juice to the water. Swish the mixture around to mix the lemon juice in (this keeps the apples from browning).
  3. Microwave the apples for 3 minutes on high. This will soften the apples to make them workable. Afterwards, drain the water from the bowl.

Step 2: Prepare Your "glue"

The apricot preserves are going to help hold your apples in place. In order to make the preserves easier to work with, combine 3 tbsp apricot preserves with 2 tbsp of water. Mix gently, then microwave for 1 minute and stir. It should be a thin consistency that's easily spreadable.

Step 3: Prepare the Dough Strips

  1. Unfold the sheet of pastry dough. Stretch it out - I recommend use a rolling pin for this, but it's not necessary.
  2. Cut each sheet into 6 thin strips short-ways (as shown in the picture).

Step 4: Assembling the Roses

  1. On each strip, spread some of the apricot preserve mixture in a thin coat along the entire length of the strip.
  2. Place apple slices along one edge of the strip of dough, with the curved edge hanging over the long edge . You should overlap the apple slices with each other. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon.
  3. Fold the empty side of the dough long-ways over the apple slices. Starting at one end of the strip, roll the dough into a spiral (like rolling up a sleeping bag).
  4. Place the newly formed rose in a muffin tin.
  5. Repeat for each of the 11 other strips of dough.

Step 5: Finishing Touch

Bake the roses at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

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    I watched the video and it really cleared things up. Except, I didn't see the bit about the water/lemon juice/microwaving. Anyway, really cool and I'm going to try it. Loved the little one in the back helping out with the spreading of the jelly:) Nice to involve the kids:) I'm thinking that if you want your apples to be a colour, maybe when you use the microwave thing, you could add a bit of food colouring to tint the apples. Then again, they may cook up and look icky. I'd try a few slices on their own first, but it may look o.k. I'm going to vote for you!

    Beautiful and delicious. I have to try making these sometime. Your instructions are nice and clear, but it would be nice to have more pictures.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'd love to see some more pictures of how you assemble the roses.


    Reply 6 years ago

    I hope this helps.