I keep seeing lovely apple roses on Pinterest, so today I decided to give them a whirl. I wanted to make something special for my husband, so I decided to make apple roses with puff pastry and make them into individual apple strudels.
Apple Roses With Puff Pastry
- 2 apples ( I used Bramley, but many people choose red delicious)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- juice of half a lemon
- 1/2 package puff pastry
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon icing sugar
Preheat oven to 400F. Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans in a bowl and set aside for the moment. I started by cutting my apples. I halved and cored the apples, then cut them in slices (about 6-8 per inch of thickness). Then I put them in a pot with the sugar, water and lemon juice and cooked for about 5-7 minutes, until they were softened. I then strained them and rinsed with cold water to stop the cooking process.
Next step was to roll out the puff pastry into a rectangle about 8 x 10. I cut it into 6 strips lengthwise, and laid apple slices along the top edge of one strip, overlapping each piece successively. Then I laid a row of sugar/cinnamon/pecan mix along the bottom of the apple slices.
Next I folded the bottom edge of the pastry over the strudel mix,leaving the apple slices uncovered, and began rolling it up from the right side. This made my rose, which I put into a muffin cup. I had sprayed it lightly with cooking spray in case the brown sugar caused it to stick, but I think it would have worked fine without that precaution.
Put the apple roses in the oven for about 40 minutes. I use convection for even heat.
I put them on a wire rack to cool, then sieved a tiny amount of icing sugar over each one.
Just before serving I drizzled about 1/4 teaspoon of honey on top of some, and the same amount of dulce de leche on the others.
They were very tasty and quite pretty.
Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions?