Gorgeous Apple Rose Pastries

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Make a gorgeous statement with this holiday dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas! These Apple Roses Pastries are filled with thin apple slices and rich apple butter, then topped with a fine dusting of powder sugar! Everyone is going to love them!

An apple rose pastry is definitely a statement piece for your holiday table! Apple Roses are gorgeous enough for Thanksgiving dessert or Christmas breakfast.

Wow Your Guests with These Gorgeous Baked Apple Roses!

Apple dessert recipes have always been my absolute favorite!

You just don’t get much better than warm, rich baked apples flavored with cinnamon and cloves!

While I love making my individual apple pies for holidays, I wanted to make something similar in flavor for Thanksgiving with an extra special presentation.

Voila! Baked Apple Roses!

Making pastry roses is an easy process once you get used to the process. It took me a couple attempts to get my fingers to work correctly and get into a rhythm, but they’re definitely work the first attempts.

Just look how pretty they are!

Sheet pan of apple roses sprinkled with powdered sugar makes a perfect apple dessert

TIPS FOR PREPPING THE APPLES:

First, you will want to slice your apple in half and then carefully cut the core out without breaking the apple. You want to keep the half of the apple in tact.

Second, you will cut your apple slices. The key to making these baked apple rose pastries is cutting really thin slices of your half apple pieces.

If your apples are too thick, they will crack them you roll them. The first attempt I was too impatient and slices the apples way too fast without thinking.

Have a little patience while making thin slices or use a mandolin.

I will be honest with you all – mandolins scare me a little bit! I think I’ve seen one too many scary stories.

However, they are super helpful and speed up recipe prep a lot, so having a mandolin with a guard and food holder is essential for me!

Lastly, you will heat your apple splices in water in the microwave to make them soft and pliable. It does make them hot to work with so be careful handling them.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR APPLE ROSES:

Roll out your thawed puff pastry sheet slightly on a floured surface. Cut into 6 even long strips.

Then, spread a thin layer of apple butter onto each strip.

Starting on one end, place the apple strips onto the top half of the puff pastry strip, slightly staking the slices on top of each other as you work your way down.

You want a little of the apple popping off the top of the pastry strip because that is the apple that sits on top of the pastry for a pretty flower look.

When you get to the end, leave a little empty space on the pastry strip. 

Sprinkle with a little seasoning and then fold over the pastry onto the apple slices.

Start at the side you started with and start rolling. When you get to the end, take the little bit of extra puff pastry and rub/press it into the outside of the pastry rose to create a slight seal.

Spray your muffin pan with a non-stick spray and then add your pastry rose.  Bake at 375 degree F for 30 minutes.

Remove from pan and let cool on rack.

muffin pan with unbaked apple pastries that show apple slices in a pretty rose shape

WHAT IS APPLE BUTTER?

You will see that I use apple butter while making these apple rose pastries, but you might not know what apple butter actually is.

Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of applesauce that’s super smooth and made by slow cooking apples with water or cider until the sugar in the apples caramelizes which is where apple butter gets its dark brown color.

Whenever I make these apple roses, I always use my recipe for Homemade Apple Butter. My sister says it tastes like Cracker Barrel’s Apple Butter, which is the highest compliment she could give.

However, you can also purchase in store. It’s normally located with jams and jellys.

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Time to Start Baking these Tasty Apple Roses!

Apple Rose Pastries

Apple Rose Pastries

Yield: 6 pastries
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

An apple rose pastry is definitely a statement piece for your holiday table! Apple Roses are gorgeous enough for Thanksgiving dessert or Christmas breakfast but easy enough to make anytime.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Apple (or 2 smaller apples)
  • 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 Lemon - Juice
  • 2 tablespoon Apple Butter
  • Cinnamon and Ground Gloves (sprinkle to taste)

Instructions

  1. Slice your apple in half and then carefully cut the core out without breaking the apple. You want to keep the half of the apple in tact.
  2. Slice your half apple pieces into thin strips of apple.
  3. Place those apple slices in a microwavable bowl of water with juice of half a lemon. Microwave the apples for 4 minutes to soften. Then, drain the water out of the bowl.
  4. Roll out your thawed puff pastry sheet slightly on a floured surface. Cut into 6 even long strips.
  5. Spread a thin layer of apple butter onto each strip.
  6. Starting on one end, place the apple strips onto the top half of the puff pastry strip, slightly staking the slices on top of each other as you work your way down. You want a little of the apple popping off the top of the pastry strip. When you get to the end, leave a little empty space on the pastry strip. 

    WARNING - the apple slices will be a little warm.
  7. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and ground cloves to taste. 

    NOTE: You could substitute nutmeg for cloves if you prefer.
  8. Fold over the bottom half of the pastry strip on top of the apple slices.
  9. Start at the side you started with and start rolling. When you get to the end, take the little bit of extra puff pastry and rub/press it into the outside of the pastry rose to create a slight seal.
  10. Spray your muffin pan with a non-stick spray and then add your pastry rose. 
  11. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
  12. Remove from pan and let cool on rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 37mg Carbohydrates: 16g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

Comments

  1. Jillia says

    OMG. I must make these for Mother’s Day. Thanks for the tips. Not only do they look beautiful and delicious, but my mother’s middle name is Rose! Her first name is Lorraine so I’m also making Quiche Lorraine. Kinda corny but cute and I know she’ll love it.

  2. Jennie says

    These are so beautiful! This is when I wish I had a mandolin–I’m not the best at slicing apples into super thin slices but you know, maybe I’ll give it a shot! My family loves cooked apples so I know this would be a hit. I’ve got to try your apple butter too. Sounds so delicious! 🙂

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