Whether or not you’ve read the beloved children’s classic “The Little Prince,” the movie version coming on August 5 from Netflix is one you simply cannot miss. Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s book is simple, touching, and eloquent… and the movie manages to capture all of that while wrapping it into a present-day story. Directed by Academy Award-nominated Mark Osborne, “The Little Prince” features the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Albert Brooks, and Mackenzie Foy.
In the story, The Little Girl (Foy) is being prepared by her mother (McAdams) for a very grow-up world, until she stumbles into her eccentric new neighbor, The Aviator (Bridges), who introduces her to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.
The movie pairs modern CG animation with stop-motion animation for the Little Prince sequences. The team did an amazing job with creating the design and characters out of 3D from the 2D world of the book. It’s all paired with an hauntingly beautiful soundtrack by composer Hans Zimmer, with music perfectly crafted to meet the emotion of the book and its new incarnation.
There’s also the perfect dose of humor sprinkled in. We had a chance to meet director Osborne and young star Foy at a screening of the movie, and Foy shared with us that there was a certain amount of ad-libbing and joking among the characters. When Bridges’ Aviator character describes how he always keeps a baloney sandwich in his pocket, she said, it was hard to keep from laughing because he changed the line on each take: “Every time it was a different sandwich,” she laughed.
Since you’re definitely going to want to make a family night of this beautiful film, we’ve got the perfect treat for you to prepare in honor of the Little Prince and his “Rose” (played by Cotillard in the film). In this case, it’s apple roses, which look delicate and difficult but they’re really a fairly easy dessert to put together.
You’re going to start by slicing two apples from top to bottom, then carefully taking the core out without splitting the apple in half (it’s OK even if you don’t make a perfect round cut). You’ll soak these apples in lemon juice and cook them so they are a little soft and more easy to bend.
Then you roll out a large rectangle of puff pastry, slice it, brush it with jam, and line up the apples (like overlapping rainbows):
Then flip up the bottom half of the dough and fold it down (“tuck them into bed”):
…and you’re ready to roll!
Place the apple rolls carefully into a greased muffin tin…
…Then bake, sprinkle with powdered sugar, and serve. Perfection!
- 2 red apples (we used Honeycrisp)
- Juice of one lemon, plus an equal amount of water
- 1 frozen puff pastry rectangle (usually two in a box)
- ¼ cup strawberry, peach, or plum jam
- 1 tsp. water
- Powdered sugar
- Prepare the apples: Slice the apples in half from top to bottom and remove the core from the center of the apple without splitting it. Lay the apple cut side down on a cutting board and cut the apple into slices as thinly as possible (1/16th of an inch). Place the apple slices in a bowl filled with the lemon juice plus an equal amount of water. Microwave the apples in the lemon water for about three minutes to soften them.
- Prepare the dough: Sprinkle a cutting board with flour and roll out the pastry sheet as thinly as possible. Cut it into six long strips.
- Prepare the jam: Mix the jam with the 1 tsp. of water and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir to combine so that it has a thick syrup-like consistency.
- Assemble the apples: Lay the pastry strips down and brush jam over each one. Place the apple slices along the top half of each strip, laid out like overlapping rainbows. Fold up the bottom half of the strip, then carefully roll up each one until you have a rose.
- Place the roses in greased muffin tins and bake for 35 minutes at 375 degrees. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.
These roses are even easier to make if you have a helping hand (even a little hand!) to get all of the apple slices lined up. The best part is when it all comes together in a rose shape. You may be doubting that you’re doing it right until you make the final roll up and then – voila! – a perfect rose is right in your hand.
Ready to settle in and watch “The Little Prince”? It debuts on August 5 on Netflix and in select theaters.
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