Apple Roses Recipe

I love a nice baked treat in winter. It´s not just about cut out cookies or gingerbread man during Christmas for me. As soon as it gets colder outside there is nothing nicer than to sit with a few friends and have a cup of tea with something you baked. I do, however, always forget what a mess I make when I bake. So I want something that´s delicious and looks like I´ve put a lot of effort in when it´s actually very easy to do. It would be very perfect if my whole flat smells amazing afterwards too.

I stumbled across a basic recipe for what they called apple roses on Facebook - you know, one of these video recipes I always watch and never actually have a try at. With these however I was very curious, so I gave them a try and since them I´ve been making them for every possible occasion. I have been experimenting with all the different winter spices and I think I found my favourite mixture of them.

You´ll need:
1 box of frozen puff pastry (cut in 6 rectangles)
3 apples
2/3 jar of apricot jam
1 vanilla bean
a bit of hot water
some cinnamon
some anise
some nutmeg
some cloves

How you do it:
1. Preheat your oven to 160°C and lay out your frozen puff pastry so that it can start to thaw.
2. Remove the stem form all apples (after cutting them into quarters) and cut them into very thin slices. The best way to do this is with a mandolin slicer but I´ve made them many times without one and they turned out just fine.
3. Boil about 1.5 liters of water in a kettle and then add just so much to a cup that it fills about 1/5. Pour the rest into a pot.
4. Add as much as you´d like from the spices to the hot water and stir. I like to go for about 2 table spoons of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of cloves, anise and nutmeg and 2/3 of a vanilla bean.
5. Now add in the apples to the pot, stir once more and put a lid on it. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
6. In the mean time add your apricot jam to the cup with the hot water and stir it until it has a smooth texture. If it doesn´t stir well put it in the microwave for a few seconds. Then add in the rest of your vanilla bean and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
7. Put muffin cases into your muffin baking tray (or just on a normal baking tray if you don´t have a  muffin one). Both ways will work.
8. Get a sieve and pour the content of the pot in it. The apple slices should be bendable now. Fill the pot with a bit of warm water and arrange the sieve on top of it.
9. Now get one of your puff pastry rectangles and cut it into three even slices. Take a teaspoon and add some of the apricot jam to each slice but leave one end free. Get one apple slice and lay it close to the end that has jam on it with just 1/3 of the apple slice sticking out at the top. Add slice after slice until you get to the end of the jam. Then start rolling the whole thing up. Start with the end that has apple and jam on it.
10. Place your first apple rose in a muffin case and repeat step 9 for all the others.
11. Let them bake for about 40 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and looks done. Then let them cool for 30 minutes before taking them off the tray.

I know this sounds very hard but it´s actually not. Once you know how it works you´ll get all the steps done in no time. I just wanted to be very thorough with my description, so that everyone could have a go at them. Try looking at the pictures here as well that´ll maybe make it more clear. We like to serve them with some icing sugar sprinkled on top and maybe some vanilla ice cream and some cream. They´re really delicious and even my sister who dislikes cinnamon loves them. It´s an extra nice bonus that your whole flat will smell like a cinnamon-y heaven after this. I really don´t think that they are just nice in winter but you could also serve them in spring and summer just as well. Cinnamon shouldn´t be restricted to a season!

1 comment

  1. These look incredible, they remind me of cinnamon buns (which are my favourite) I often try out those tasty videos I made a lovely egg muffin thing once so now if they look easy enough I will try!! XX


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