Rose Apple PiesYum
These dainty little pies (if you can call them pies! For me, apple + pastry = pie) have been everywhere recently. And I can totally see why. They are literally the easiest way for any old muggins to look like they’re a baking superstar, while making no effort to actually learn about baking at all.
Especially if, like me, you’re a firm believer in just buying the pastry.
ESPECIALLY the puff pastry.
You’ve got to admit, for any amateur baker serving these up to the table, they’re rather impressive! And you’ll have them whipped up and on the table in less than 30 minutes. Great for family parties, little nibbles for around Christmas time, or just a nice treat for whenever you feel like. They’re cheap and easy, so they’re a great basic recipe to have at the ready.
But goshdarnit’ they’re pretty!
Instead of a great bit apple pie, you can create a lovely and delicate twist on a dinner party by serving these individual tarts. Paired with a big scoop of ice-cream (I would recommend a great vanilla, or a cinnamon flavour for something with more bite). Either way, if you’re in a rush for a nice dessert for entertaining, or you just want to treat yourself after a hard day at work, this dessert is a great way of getting something lovely on the table in a flash!
- 1 sheet puff pastry
- 2 Pink Lady Apples, evenly sliced into half circle shapes
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- A good squeeze of lemon juice
- Preheat your oven to 180C/350F.
- Place the sliced apples into a microwave safe bowl, squeeze over the lemon juice, and toss to coat all the apples in some juice.
- Microwave the apples for approx. 40 seconds until the apples are softening slightly and have become pliable. It's worth checking them every 10 seconds or so, just so they don't turn into mush - after all, microwave strengths can vary!
- Lay your puff pastry out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Using a sharp knife, or pizza cutter, slice the pastry into 8 evenly sized strips (mine worked out at about 1.5" each). Make sure you're cutting down the long side!
- It's time to assemble the roses!
- Lightly grease a cupcake tin.
- Sprinkle some cinnamon over the puff pastry.
- Lay the slices of apple over the pastry, with atleast half the slice hanging over the edge of the pastry. Around 3/4 of the pastry slice should remain uncovered. You can add a little extra chopped apple if you'd like to cover half the pastry, or even some apple preserve, if you prefer a bigger fruity taste. Continue to lay down the apple slices (overlapping them slightly) until they go the whole length of the strip of pastry.
- Fold the bottom half of the pastry strip up so that only the top half of the apple slice is showing.
- Roll the pastry into a spiral, being careful to keep it relatively tight at the beginning, to create the rose shape.
- Place the rolls into the greased cupcake tin. Repeat until all the rolls are ready.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is crisp, golden and flaky.
- Serve while still warm, with some delicious ice-cream!