This Mother’s Day, don’t just buy your mom the same old boring bouquet of flowers. This woman gave you life! Show a little effort! You’ll be surprised how little effort it takes to make these beautiful rose-shaped apple pastries. Have your camera ready—you’re going to want to impress your Instagram friends. And mom too, of course.
Ingredients: to make 6 roses
• 1 frozen puff pastry sheet, thawed
• 2 red apples
• juice of half of a lemon
• 1 tablespoon of flour (to sprinkle the counter)
• 3 tablespoons of apricot preserve
• cinnamon (optional)
• powder sugar for decorating (optional)
1. Thaw the puff pastry. It should take about 20-30 minutes.
2. Prepare a bowl with some water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper thin slices. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl with lemon and water, so that they won’t change color.
3. Microwave the apples in the bowl for about 3 minutes to make them slightly softer, or, if you prefer, you can simmer the apple slices in a pan of water on the stove.
4. Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly-floured counter. Using a rolling pin, stretch the dough a little, trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips, about 2 x 9 inches each.
5. In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserve with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute, so that the preserve will be easier to spread. Spread the preserve on the dough.
6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Drain the apples.
7. Place the apples on the dough as shown. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you’d like.
8. Fold up the bottom part of the dough.
9. Carefully roll, seal the edge, and place in a silicone muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it’s silicone. Otherwise, make sure to grease it.
10. Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked.
NOTE: Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven. If after 30 minutes the apples on top look fully cooked, move the pan to a lower rack in the oven, and wait for 10-15 more minutes to avoid undercooking the puff pastry.
Sprinkle with powder sugar and enjoy!
Go to siparent.com to link to the original recipe on StillCracking.com.