Now I don't pretend to make stuff up, this recipe first came to my attention from a blog called Cooking with Manuela. Now I want you to follow my food journey, but she is someone that I like to follow. She makes great videos and great food, check it out, she's great. Below is a link to her website, check out her video, it is good.
Now the Puff Pastry that I love to use is more expensive than your normal puff pastry. I love the Careme brand, it is the best store bought pastry I have ever tried. Would I use it for everything, no, as it is expensive, but when you want to serve up a simple dish with simple ingredients, use the best.
I personally love Pink Lady apples, but use red delicious if you prefer. Placing the apples in lemon water will stop them going brown. Do not peel the apples as the peel will add colour to your rose.
If you don't have a microwave, just cook the apples over a medium heat in a saucepan, until the apples just soften enough, where they bend.
So please give this a go, it is so good, and so easy to make, and honestly you will love this, and your family and friends will be so impressed.
Recipe adapted from http://cookingwithmanuela.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/apple-roses.html
1 x 375g packet Careme Puff Pastry, thawed
Plain flour, for dusting
3 large Pink Lady apples
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons apricot jam
Ground Cinnamon, to taste
Icing sugar, for dusting
Preheat oven to 190C/375F. Lightly grease a 6 hole muffin tin.
Take the core out of the apples, either by using an apple corer, or by cutting the apple in half and carefully removing it.
Place 3 cups of water into a large microwave safe bowl. Add the lemon juice. Now slice the apples as thinly as possible and place in the lemon water, top up with extra water to just cover the apple slices, if needed. Microwave for 3-5 minutes, or until the apples are just soft enough where they bend. Start at 3 minutes, check them, It took me 5 minutes to get them just pliable enough to bend, you don't want them soft and mushy. Drain, allow to cool slightly.
Now dust your work surface with a little plain flour. Place on your sheet of puff pastry, dust the top with a little flour, then roll out to get a rectangle shape about 30cm x 25cm, the pastry needs to be quite thin to cook properly. Slice the pastry sheet into 6 even pieces as pictured.
Now start placing the apple slices, overlapping one another on half of the pastry until you have one long line of apples. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, to taste.
Fold over the pastry to nearly cover the apples. Press down gently.
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