Colette Jermann

Food Scientist


Apple roses

Posted on September 11, 2015 at 5:30 PM

I saw this recipe for the first time advertised on Yahoo. I thought it looked very impresive while being quick to make. I recently made them for our work baking group. The recipe is straight from the cooking with Manuela website where she posted a step by step guide. I made only one modification by using cherry jam rather than apricot. 

Ingredients (to make 6 roses) 

  • 1 puff pastry sheet, thawed if frozen
  • 2 red organic apples (I used red delicious)
  • half lemon, juice
  • 1 tablespoon of flour, to sprinkle the counter
  • 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • powder sugar for decorating (optional)


Preparation time: about 20 minutes to prepare, plus 45 minutes to bake

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Prepare a bowl with some water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper thin slices. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl with lemon and water, so that they won't change color.

2. Microwave the apples in the bowl, for about 3 minutes, to make them slightly softer. If you prefer, you can also simmer the apple slices in the water in a small pan (on the stove). Once this is done, drain the apples.

3. Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough a little, trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips. These are about 2 in x 9 in (5 cm x 22 cm).

4. In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserve with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute, so that the preserve will be easier to spread. Spread the preserve on the dough. Less viscous preserves may not need water addition or heating.

5. Place the apples on the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon (optional). Fold up the bottom part of the dough.

6. Carefully roll, seal the edge, and place in a silicone muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it's silicone. Otherwise, make sure to grease it.

7. Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked.

8. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy!

NOTE: make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven! If after 30 minutes the apples on top look fully cooked, move the pan to a lower rack in the oven, and wait for 10-15 more minutes to avoid undercooking the puff pastry.


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