These pretty apple rose tarts are so beautiful, they look like roses! But don’t be fool by their appearance, they are actually easy to make once you know the technique. And the result is impressive: delicious, and beautiful! Just made them for my in-laws, and they were so impressed! You can easily learn to make them too! Enjoy!
I made apple roses several times using various recipes, and came up with my very own recipe, which I find tastes best.
You can use puff pastry or the French pâte sablée. I have tried both, and find that these apple tarts taste a lot better with the pâte sablée. I am using the pâte sablée recipe from Eric Kayser (a well-known French baker), which is excellent. You will need to let the dough rest for some time in the fridge before you use it. The easiest thing to do is to prepare the dough the day before, and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
Please note you will need a muffin pan to bake the roses.
Soften the butter. (You can soften the butter by putting it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so, just make sure you to not put it too long as you do not want it to melt.) Ideally, the butter should be a little creamy, which you can easily achieve by putting it in a food processor after softening it. Add the granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, and the powdered sugar.
Add the egg. Add the flour, and mix all ingredients using the tip of your fingers so as to make a dough.
Gather the dough in a ball. Wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 2 hours (or longer, preferably overnight).
Before using the dough, take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a little bit. This will soften the dough so it will be easier to roll out.
Making the Apple Roses
Cut the apples in halves and remove the core. Slice the apples as pictured.
Put the apple slices for about 2 minutes in boiling water to soften them.
Roll out the pâte sablée in the shape of a rectangle. With a knife, cut out stripes of dough (see picture).
With a pastry brush, apply honey on the stripes of dough. Sprinkle the dough with granulated sugar and cinnamon.
Place apple slices on the edge of one stripe. Fold the other edge of the stripe over the base of the apple slices. See picture. Do the same with all other stripes of dough.
Starting at one end of a stripe, roll the stripe delicately on itself to make a rose. Repeat with all other stripes.
Place the apple roses in a muffin pan.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and then, 10 additional minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Depending on the size of your roses, you might need to bake them for more time. Optional: sprinkle with sugar before serving. Enjoy warm or cold. It is delicious with vanilla ice cream on the side.