A lovely, almost childishly easy Autumnal dessert that is simply delightful!
What you need…
4 apples, cored and halved, skin on
Juice from ½ lemon
3 tablesp apricot jam
2 tablesp water (plus more for apple soak)
1 sheet of puff pastry
Cinnamon, to taste
What to do…
Preheat oven to 375ºf / 200ºc.
Put apple slices in microwave-safe bowl. Fill bowl with water and the lemon juice, making sure the apples are covered. Microwave for three minutes, until the apples are soft enough to be pliable when rolled up.
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface, thin enough to enable you to cut six 3-inch wide strips.
In a bowl, mix the apricot jam and water and then spoon/brush it down the centre of each strip.
Place the apple slices longways on each strip, adding more slightly overlapping slices until nearly at the end of the strip. The bottom of each apple slice should come to the middle of the strip so that when you have completed each strip, you can sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and then fold the bottom half the strip over the bottom half of the apple slices (think of the top of the apple slices being faces peeking out over the bed sheet!)
Roll up each pastry strip and place in a greased muffin tin.
Bake the apple roses for 35-45 minutes – they will smell divine!
Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Indulge – bloody lovely!
As alternatives to the apricot jam, try 1) spreading room-temperature butter along each strip and then topping with drizzled honey or 2) for a festive version, use mincemeat – yum!
Spectacularly and if you roll the pastry out onto lightly floured cling film, there’s hardly any clearing up!