Mini Puff Pastry Apple Rose Recipe

Posted December 6, 2015 by Stephanie
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mini puff pastry apple roses -

Do you guys ever see stuff on Pinterest or Facebook and become obsessed? It happens to me quite a lot, probably because I look at so many food photos. But it’s rare that I keep thinking about it and thinking about it until the point where I actually make it. I have so many recipes tagged that I want to make, but because I’m always acquiring new ideas and recipes, I hardly ever actually make the things I intend to. Well, that changed with these little puff pastry apple roses.

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I’ve seen so many iterations of apple roses online, each more beautiful than the last. So, when I had a couple of apples lying around I bit the bullet and made these mini apple rose tarts. They’re super simple to put together and fun to eat too. They’re basically a rolled up version of an apple tart.

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If you make these, here’s my number one tip: roll out your puff pastry. Usually I buy pre-rolled puff and don’t roll it out at all. But with these guys, since they’re rolled up so tightly, you need to make sure the pastry isn’t too thick or it won’t cook in the middle. Ditto on the slices of apple. I sliced mine really thin to make sure they were pretty pliant, but I’ve seen other people do them with thicker slices. Oh, and last tip: make sure you serve these with a scoop of ice cream – that warm-cold combo is absolutely the best!

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The knife and cutting board featured in this post are the second and third items in a giveaway series. I teamed up with and Shun to give away a Boos Block Walnut 20×15 Cutting Board and a Shun 6-inch Dual Core Utility Knife. Only thing is, I’m not giving them away yet. Check back here in a couple of days when I’ll announce another giveaway item. It’s kind of like a little giveaway advent – there are five items in all and it’s a pretty exciting bundle!

Update: Enter the giveaway right here!

Mini Puff Pastry Apple Roses via Cooking with Manuela
makes 6 larger roses or 12 minis

  • 1-2 red apples, cored and sliced as thin as possible
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • flour, to dust
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Lightly butter a muffin tin. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Place the apple slices in a bowl with the lemon juice and cover with water. Microwave until the slices are slightly softened (this will help you when you’re rolling up the roses), about 3 minutes.

Lightly flour your workspace and roll out the puff pastry as thin as possible, keeping it in a rectangular shape. You want the pastry to be fairly thin – if you leave the puff too thick, it will have issues baking all the way through. Trim the pastry into 6 or 12 strips, depending on if you are making mini or regular roses.

Mix the apricot preserves with 2 tablespoons of hot water and stir well. Brush onto the puff pastry. Place the apple slices on the puff, about halfway down, overlapping. Sprinkle with a touch of cinnamon, if using. Fold up the puff pastry and gently roll up (don’t roll them too tight), placing into the prepared tin when done.

Bake until puff is golden brown and cooked through, 40-45 minutes. If the apples start to brown too much, cover with a piece of foil. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!

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  1. i know what you mean- there’s no way that anyone is actually going to make everything that they pinned, especially when people have thousands of things pinned! i think this is one of the few viral pins that’s easy and is fairly foolproof; a couple of years ago i stumbled upon some melted snowman cookies. mine ended up looking like a patch of snow on dirt. oh well.

  2. yes, yes, yes. too many things to get inspiration from and , sadly, too little time to bring them all to life. apple roses are definitely on my list. . .but your post is making me think I need to move them higher up – they are simply stunning and never fail to take my breath away..

  3. omg. ive totally been wanting to make an apple rose tart ever since pinterest has been flooding me with them. i just cant bring myself to do all that cutting tho. srsly thats how lazy i am.

  4. I’ve been seeing these for months on facebook and pinterest! Like always I can’t stop looking at the videos. They are addicting! Yours look delicious. Maybe I should get up and make some myself! :)

  5. Medeja says:

    So beautiful! I need to try it :)

  6. Yeah these are probably the most gorgeous apple roses I’ve seen on the internet! I’ve been wanting to make these for so long and I also get links sent to me by friends telling me to make them! Wonderful photos and super excited for the giveaway!

  7. Ohhhh man, totally feel ya on the Pinterest backlog! Also totally want to make these beauties like, now.

  8. Alana says:

    And they turned out perfect!! Gosh, pinterest success stories are so rare!! Also, can’t wait to see what else you’re giving away!! :D

  9. madeline says:

    What a stunning dessert! I’ve been seeing these on my news feeds and been wanting to try. These came out perfect!

  10. These are absolutely stunning, Steph!

  11. Katrin says:

    wow!! they look AMAZING!!! x

  12. Yvonne says:

    Is it possible to make these ahead of time and freeze them? If so, would it be better to bake them and freeze, then reheat to serve? Or, make them and freeze immediately, then bake from frozen? I would like to make them for a dinner party but don’t have the time to make them to serve immediately.

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      yes, i would freeze immediately then bake from frozen. you’ll need to add some extra bake time on – give it an extra five to ten minutes, but keep an eye on them :)

  13. Kristy says:

    I do the same exact thing! I have so many ideas that I see but never get around to. Anyways, thanks for all the tips and the amazing recipe! This one will definitely be making it past my screen shots and to my actual kitchen. Plus the pictures look great! I’m looking forward to trying this out. Once again, thanks for the new recipe!

  14. Joy says:

    I’ve seen these Apple Roses, and I thought they were the cutest thing ever! They seemed difficult to make at least for me since I’m quite the beginner when it comes to making food. I loved the way you broke it down with tips as well. Hopefully, I can get around to actually make these. I’m pretty excited to try. :)

  15. breanna says:

    these are very beautiful and look like they were yummy! i’m gonna need to try these soon. i just recently got into a culinary class and am thinking about starting a blog.

  16. Trish Zimbalatti says:

    These look beautiful. Can they be frozen?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi trish,
      i haven’t tried freezing them but my feeling is that the apples wouldn’t hold up!

  17. Sylvia Law says:

    How big are you to roll out the puff pastry and what are the dimensions of the strips for the mini apple roses?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi sylivia,
      the strips are about 1 inch high and 4 inches long. i bought pre-rolled puff but if you’re buying puff that needs to be rolled out, roll it out to 1/8 inch in thickness. hope that helps!

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