If you’re looking for a dessert that’s fun to make, relatively easy, not too sweet, and absolutely stunning, apple roses are a great choice. And if you want to take your apple roses to the next level, you’re definitely going to want to make your apple roses with Hidden Rose apples, the seasonal fruit with a beautiful reddish-pink flesh.
Apple roses look like they’re a lot of work, but really they’re just a matter of slicing and rolling. We did a step-by-step tutorial of apple roses last year. Basically, you cut your apples in half and core them, cut them into thin slices, soak the slices in water to soften them, and then line up the slices on puff pastry and roll it all up.
- 5 hidden rose apples (we used Honeycrisp)
- Lemon juice
- Flour for dusting and rolling
- 2 frozen puff pastry rectangles (usually two in a box)
- ½ 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 water plus a spritz of lemon juice. 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 or seven long strips, approximately 2 inches wide.
- 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.
Say that again? OK, here’s a quick look at apple rose rolling (as demonstrated with a regular apple):
The beauty of these apples is that they look like they were really hard to make, but they’re actually not so hard at all, once you get the hang of it. We made a whole platter of them for the Melissa’s Produce holiday dessert party and while the first one took quite a bit of thought, by the time we got to number 5 or 6, we were apple-rolling pros. Tip: Even the imperfect slices somehow come out looking good when they’re rolled up – they make the “rose” more realistic.
Unfortunately, Hidden Rose apples have a very short growing season and a very limited distribution. But – if you want a burst of color and can’t find Hidden Rose apples, you can also make Persimmon Roses (these have a glorious red-orange color). Let us know if you try it, and what fruit you use!