Apple Roses
Para versão Portuguesa clique aqui: “Rosas de Maçã”

Lately the web has been swarmed with images of apple roses. I decided to try them myself and they’re not as difficult to make as they may seem. I don’t use jam or jelly. I prefer sugar, butter and cinnamon. Here goes:

1 rectangular sheet puff pastry
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp water
2 red apples
2 tbsp butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon

Pour water and juice into a bowl. Wash the apples thoroughly as they will not be peeled. Cut the apples in half lengthwise and remove core.

Slice finely and place in bowl with lemon juice and water. Microwave the apples for 2 minutes, turning them over every 15 seconds. The apple slices should be flexible but not soft.

In a small bowl mix together sugar, butter and cinnamon until creamy.
Pre-heat oven to 200ºC.

Lay out the sheet and cut across into 6 equal strips. Spread the center of the strip with sugar mixture.

Lay apple slices overlapped on the upper part of the strip and slightly beyond the edge. Fold lower part of the strip over covering half the slices.

Starting on one end roll the dough to form the rose. Place the rose in a paper cup and then in a muffin pan. Place pan in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.

Remove from pan while still hot or they might stick to the pan. If they’re too sticky place them in another paper cup.

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