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Fall Baking ~ Apple Roses

Fall Baking ~ Apple Roses

Fall is my favorite time of the year!  There is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing color, local festivals are plenty and the apple picking season begins.  With a ton of orchards in our area, apple picking is a must.  And who doesn’t love an apple dessert during fall?  I for one always have a hard time saying no to fresh apple pie!  

As much as enjoy apple picking, I love baking even more.  The apples are much sweeter, and aromas in the kitchen are heavenly.  These beautiful apples roses are the perfect way to celebrate autumn. A tasty and easy dessert made with lots of soft and delicious apple slices, wrapped in puff pastry that has been flavored with cinnamon sugar.   Below is the recipe which has also been shared at Romantic Homes Magazine. Click on direct link for article.


  • 1/2 package Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 2 red apple 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, to sprinkle the counter
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup fine sugar
  • as-needed confectioners’ sugar (also called powdered sugar)


Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature if you haven’t done so yet. It should take about 20-30 minutes.

Prepare a bowl half filled with water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper-thin slices. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl so that they won’t change color.

Microwave the apples in the bowl for about 2 minutes, to make them slightly softer and easy to roll.  If you prefer, you can also simmer the apple slices with the water in a small pan (on the stove). The apple slices should be cooked just enough to bend without breaking. If they break, you need to cook them a little more.
Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough into a rectangular shape of about 12 x 9 inch. Cut the dough in 6 strips, each about 2 x 9 inch.

In a small bowl place the sugar and cinnamon and mix well.  On another bowl, place three tablespoons of butter. Microwave for about 30 seconds (or until melted). Spread a thin layer of butter on each strip of dough.  Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Drain the apples.  Arrange the apple slices on the dough, overlapping one another. Make sure the top (skin side) of the slices sticks a little out of the strip. 

Fold up the bottom part of the dough.  Starting from one end, carefully roll the dough, keeping the apple slices in place. Seal the edge at the end, pressing with your finger, and place in a regular muffin cup. No need to grease the muffin mold if it’s silicone. Otherwise, make sure to grease with butter and flour (or spray).
Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked. 

NOTES: Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven!  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Happy fall baking friends!


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