Puff Pastry Apple Roses To Love For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and while roses are certainly nice, I believe the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach which is why I’m sharing this visually stunning and delicious recipe for puff pastry apple roses. Although these beauties may look complicated, they couldn’t be any simpler. All you need are apples, ready made puff pastry, apricot jam and sugar (and cinnamon, if you fancy).

So lets get 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 did I slice thinly? Give one good slice from top to bottom. Remove the core and then slice into very thin slices, or you can use a mandolin slicer. Once your apples are sliced, put them in a medium-sized bowl. Fill the bowl halfway with water and squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the bowl to keep the apples from browning. Microwave for 5 minutes until apples are tender and bendable.

Remember that puff pastry you have thawing out? We need that now. Dust your countertop with flour so the puff pastry doesn’t stick to your counter. Grab a rolling pin. Stretch out the puff pastry with your rolling pin then slice it into 6 narrow slices.

Once your apples are finished in the microwave, take one strip of your puff pastry. Brush some apricot jam vertically along the top half of the strip. Then, lay your apple slices along the top half of the puff pastry. Grab the bottom half of the puff pastry (the part with no jam) and fold it upwards to halfway cover the apples. Think of it as putting 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 one 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 until golden brown.

Directions (makes 6 roses)

1 Frozen Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed
2 Red Organic Apples (or Red Delicious)
Half lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon of flour, to sprinkle the counter
3 tablespoons of apricot preserve
Cinnamon (optional)
Powdered sugar for decorating (optional)

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