I love cinnamon, with everything, and with apples, it’s a match made by the Gods of baking. I’d love to imagine that there are really baking Gods, who sit watching as you cook, and if they dislike you, BAM, your cooking gets burnt, or they change the sugar to salt. And there’s a specific God for cakes, cookies, savouries etc.. anyway, back to reality.
I absolutely love how elegant these little delicacies look, and they’re actually pretty simple. I used shop bought puff pastry because I find hand making it such a chore, all the folding and chilling and folding again.. YAWN, but if you want to, it would work just as well, as long as you’re good at puff pastry- a tough skill to master!
They’re great served warm as a dessert with ice cream, and they’re also really yummy if you replace the apples with peaches and replace the jam with nutella- DELISH!!
- 1 sheet of puff pastry (if frozen, make sure it’s thawed)
- 2 red apples (I used braeburn, but try and make sure the whole apple is red for the colouring of the ‘petals’)
- half lemon, juice
- 1 tablespoon of flour, to sprinkle the counter
- 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve
- cinnamon (optional)
- icing sugar for decorating (optional)
- core the apples and slice really thinly, then put straight in the lemon juice, mixed with a bit of water, so that they don’t begin to turn brown.
- Put them in the microwave for about 3 minutes, as this will soften them meaning they are easier to bend, and roll into the rose shape.
- Mix the apricot preserve with 3 tbsp water and microwave for about 30 seconds to make it runnier and easier to spread.
- Roll out the pastry sheet and cut into 5 long strips
- Brush apricot preserve onto the strips, and lay the apple slices along the top half of each strip, making sure they stick out slightly, then sprinkle over some cinnamon.
- fold the bottom half of the strip upwards, then roll tightly into a rose shape, and put into a greased muffin tin, repeating for each strip.
- Bake for 40- 45 minutes at 190C until the pastry is completely cooked through, and if the apples look well done before the time is up, move to the bottom shelf of the oven.