Beautiful Apple Roses

Apple roses baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven

Recipe:

How much fun we had making these beautiful, delectable and elegant Apple Roses. Follow the simple directions and have fun making these delicious morsels for family and friends.

Prep work:

Preheat wood-fired pizza oven to 375°F - 190°C. You can check the internal temperature of the oven with an infrared thermometer by pointing it on the stone of the oven.

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples with RED skin
  • 1 box frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/8th teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • a good pinch of salt
  • 1 juice of a lemon

We just came back from a family vacation in the gorgeous Foot Hills of North Carolina. From one of the countless orchards we purchased delicious, freshly picked apples.

APPLE ROSES baked in the Italian wood-fired pizza oven Ingredients

Wash the apples making sure they don't have blemishes.

Wash the apples making sure they don't have blemishes

Measure 1 1/2 cup brown sugar.

Measure 1 1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix the brown sugar with 3 teaspoons cinnamon powder.

Mix the brown sugar with 3 teaspoons cinnamon powder

Add a pinch of salt to the mixture.

Add a pinch of salt to the mixture

Grate a small amount of nutmeg into the sugar mixture.

Grate a small amount of nutmeg into the sugar mixture

Half each apple.

Half each apple

Remove the apple core making sure to keep the fruit intact.

Remove the apple core making sure to keep the fruit intact

Slice each half into very thing slices.

Slice each half into very thing slices

Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl with water.

Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl with water

Transfer all the apple slices into the water and lemon. The citric acid will keep the apples from oxidysing and turning brown.

Transfer all the apple slices into the water and lemon

When all the apples have been sliced and dipped into the lemon water, you can begin by removing a portion.

When all the apples have been sliced and dipped into the lemon water, you can begin by removing a portion

Spread some of the slices on a microwave proof dish and cook for about 2 minutes or until apple slices become flexible.

Spread some of the slices on a microwave proof dish and cook for about 2 minutes

Dust the table with a thin layer of flour.

Dust the table with a thin layer of flour

Place the thawed but cold puff pastry on the flour dusted table.

Place the thawed but cold puff pastry on the flour dusted table

Slightly dust the top of the pastry with flour. With a rolling pin stretch pastry gently, but firmly, always rolling away from you.

With a rolling pin stretch pastry gently, but firmly, always rolling away from you

Roll the pastry dough out to less than 1/8-inch thickness and cut each into about 2x9 inch strips (5x22 cm).

Puff pastry baked in Fontana wood-burning oven

Spread a thin layer of melted butter over each strip. It is optional and delicious to also spread a thin layer of previously warmed apricot preserves on each strip of dough.

Butter on puffed pastry baked in Fontana wood-burning oven

You can now arrange all the apple slices on the dough, making sure to overlap them. For best results, place the top side of the apple slice, where the red skin is, on the pastry dough and allow it to stick out a little over the dough.

Sliced apples on puff pastry in Fontana wood-fired oven

Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon sugar.

Covering apples with brown sugar on puffed pastry baked in Fontana wood-fired oven

You can also sprinkle the sugar over the pastry before placing the apple slices on the dough.

Putting brown sugar on puffed pastry to be placed in fontana wood-burning oven

Layer the apples across the top half of the dough, and sprinkle a little more sugar and cinnamon.

Placing apples on puffed pastry to put in wood-burning oven

Fold the bottom part of the dough over until you cover half of the apple slices.

Folding puffed pastry over apples and brown sugar to put in Fontana wood-fired oven

Now the fun and the magic begin. Very carefully, starting from one end of the strip, begin to roll out the dough making sure the apples stay in place. Do this until the entire strip is rolled up.

Folding puffed pastry over apples and brown sugar to put in Fontana wood-burning oven

Apple roses with puffed pastry over apples and brown sugar to put in Fontana wood-fired oven

The elegant, beautiful apple is ready to be placed into cupcake pan. Butter each cupcake opening with butter, unless you use a silicone pan.

Apple roses with puffed pastry over apples and brown sugar to put in Fontana wood-fired oven

Apple roses with puffed pastry over apples and brown sugar to put in Fontana wood-fired oven

Continue until the pan is filled.

Apple roses with puffed pastry over apples and brown sugar to put in Fontana wood-fired oven

A buttered ramekin is also a great way to bake apple roses.

Apple roses baked in Fontana wood-burning oven

The cupcake pan is finally filled with a most gorgeous bouquet of delectable roses.

Apple roses baked in Fontana wood-burning oven

Place the cupcake pan in the preheated wood-burning oven.

Apple roses baked in Fontana wood-burning oven

We also added a few ramekins filled with roses into the oven.

Apple roses baked in Fontana wood-burning oven

Bake at 375° for about 40 to 45 minutes. It is important that the pastry inside the roses are well cooked before removing them from the oven. If you find the Apple Roses to be darkening too much on the top, you can simply place a loose piece of aluminum over them in order to prevent from burning the top, but still allowing them to bake longer.

Apple roses baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven

Remove the Apple Roses from the oven and place them on a serving dish of your choosing.

Apple roses baked in the Fontana wood-fired oven

Great for breakfast, brunch or dessert, these Apple Roses are a wonderful and beautiful treat! Finally you can dust the Apple Roses with a generous amount of powdered sugar.

Apple roses baked in the Fontana wood-burning oven

VOILÀ! Enjoy!

 What is your favorite way to bake apples?

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