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.
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.
Slice your half apple pieces into thin strips of apple.
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.
Roll out your thawed puff pastry sheet slightly on a floured surface. Cut into 6 even long strips.
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.
Sprinkle with a little cinnamon and ground cloves to taste.
NOTE: You could substitute nutmeg for cloves if you prefer.
Fold over the bottom half of the pastry strip on top of 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.