Recipe: RubyFrost Apple Roses
A dish that looks impressive but is secretly super-easy to make? It might seem too good to be true, but I promise it is real! I am partnering with RubyFrost apples for this recipe.
I present to you, Apple Rose Pastries:
The key to making these apple roses is choosing the right variety of apple. That's where RubyFrost apples come in. Many red apple varieties are not ideal for baking, because they are too sweet and not firm enough to hold their shape. However, RubyFrost apples are the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and have a crisp firm texture that is great for baking. Plus, they have a beautiful rich red color to imitate rose petals for this recipe. You can find RubyFrost Apples at your local Food Lion!
Remember how I said this was such an easy dish to make? Check out how short this ingredient list is:
3 Ruby Frost apples
1 package puff pastry, thawed from frozen
1/4 cup honey (alternatively jam, marmalade, or jelly of choice)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Cinnamon to taste
You read that correctly. Five ingredients are all you need, and you probably already have a few of them in your kitchen!
As far as kitchen equipment goes, you will need a sharp knife or mandolin slicer, a muffin tin, a rolling pin, and a large bowl.
First, cut your apples in half from top to bottom, and remove the core. Place the halved apples flat side down on a cutting board, and slice them as thin as possible.
Once you have sliced your apples, put them into your large bowl and fill it with water. Add the lemon juice to the water - this will prevent browning. Microwave for about 5 minutes to soften the apples.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thaw puff pastry according to package instructions. Roll out pastry to make it slightly thinner. Slice both sheets of pastry into six long strips.
Spread some honey onto the pastry, and then layer the apple slices onto the pastry strip lengthwise, overlapping the slices. Make sure the rounded peel side is facing out. Fold the empty half of the strip over your apple slices.
Next you will roll the strip into a spiral - this is what creates the beautiful rose shape. Go slow and be gentle to avoid breaking the apples. Carefully place the completed rose into your muffin tin. Repeat to create twelve pieces.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the roses if you wish. Bake for 40 minutes. Check frequently to avoid burning.
I think these are best served with whipped cream or ice cream! Let me know if you give this recipe a try.
(This post is sponsored by RubyFrost apples.)