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hidden rose apples

Apple Roses with Hidden Rose Apples

A beautiful dessert of crimson red colored apple roses.
Course American
Cuisine Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 15 apples
Author Jeanne Fratello


  • 5 hidden rose apples we used Honeycrisp
  • Lemon juice
  • Flour for dusting and rolling
  • 2 frozen puff pastry rectangles usually two in a box
  • 1/2 cup strawberry peach, or plum jam
  • 1 tsp. water
  • Powdered sugar


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.