Apple Rose Tarts

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Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life

I love a good dessert.  I especially love it when the dessert is simple to make yet stunning.  You know that kind of dessert, right?  The one that you can throw together for a fancy dinner party in 30 minutes or so but looks like you toiled over it for hours on end.  Yeah.  Those desserts.

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life


We've all seen the Apple Rose Tarts photos and videos circulating around on Pinterest and Facebook.  When I saw them, what intrigued me most was how much it reminded me of Apfelstrudel--that famous Austrian dessert I've loved eating since I was a little child.  Making it was a family affair.  My Oma (grandmother) would make the dough while my mom would peel apples and I would slice them.  The dough would get stretched out over the kitchen table until it was onion skin thin then we'd brush it with melted butter, sprinkle on toasted bread crumbs and cover it all with apples, sugar, cinnamon and raisins.  The whole thing would get rolled up into a giant log, sealed and brushed with butter and stuck in the oven on a cookie sheet to bake until the dough turned golden brown and the inside was bubbling hot.  What came out of the oven was better than any apple pie I have ever tasted.  To this day, Apfel Strudel is still my favorite dessert; even my semi-homemade version with dried cranberries instead of raisins is pretty darn delicious!

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life


But I digress.  The Apple Rose Tarts can be made with a muffin tin and a few simple ingredients:  puff pastry, apples, apricot preserves, cinnamon, lemon juice and water.

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life


I've seen several recipes for Apple Rose Tarts, many calling for Red Delicious apples.  I've never understood why Red Delicious were called delicious.  They don't have any taste at all to me.  And making any kind of apple dessert calls for using tart apples, not sweeter ones.  My experience with making Apfel Strudel has always led me to using a mixture of Grannies and a tart red apple.  For the Apple Rose Tarts, you want that pretty red color of the skin but a tart apple to offset the sweeter instance of the apricot preserves.  I suggest using Pink Lady, Gala or Braeburn.

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life


I also suggest using the Smucker's Low Sugar Apricot Preserves. (Update:  Smucker's stopped making their Low Sugar Apricot Preserves.  I suggest using a similar low sugar or organic apricot preserves.)  All other apricot preserves I've tasted are way too sweet and don't melt very well, and for this recipe, you need one that melts well.  If you can't find this particular brand, try to find one that does melt well and has a sweet-tart taste to it.  A dessert with way too much sweetness becomes unbalanced and heavy to the pallet.  And punch it up by adding lots of cinnamon.  I love using Saigon Cinnamon--it really kicks the cinnamon flavor up a notch!

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life


Once you've made this dessert, you will want to make it again and again.  I know it has become one of my go-to desserts for parties.  Sometimes I just like to make them for no other reason than to eat them, no party required.  The combination of flaky puff pastry dough and the sweet-tartness of the apples and apricot preserves is delightful.  They are best warm out of the oven and you can even sprinkle them with powdered sugar or serve it a'la mode if you like. I've even placed a few cranberries in the center of the rose for added tartness and to give the appearance of "flower center."

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life



For those that need a visual, here is a great video tutorial of making Apple Rose Tarts on YouTube.

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life



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Apple Rose Tarts


Recipe by This Bittersweet Life
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield: 6


Ingredients
  • 2 Large Tart red apples such as Gala, Pink Lady or Braeburn
  • 1 Puff Pastry Sheet
  • 3 Tablespoons Low Sugar Apricot Preserves
  • 1 Bowl plus 2 Tablespoons Water
  • To Taste Cinnamon
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • Handful Dried cranberries (optional)
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start by cutting your apples in half and core. With the cut side down and the skin up, thinly slice your apples.
  3. Place your apples into a bowl of water and add the juice of 1 lemon. Warm your apples in the microwave until the slices become soft and flexible (about 2-3 minutes depending on your microwave and how thin you sliced your apples). Drain and set aside.
  4. Next, roll out a thawed puff pastry sheet slightly, using a tea towel or flour as needed. Cut it into 6 strips.
  5. In a small bowl, add the 2 tablespoons of preserves and 1 tablespoon of water. Heat in the microwave until the preserves warmed; stir to combine.
  6. With a pastry brush or back of a spoon, spread apricot mixture onto a strip of puff pastry. Lay slices of apple so they overlap one another and the rounded edge with the skin appears over the edge of the puff pastry. Sprinkle on cinnamon to taste then fold the puff pastry sheet up over the bottom of the apples.
  7. Roll the puff pastry and apples from one end to the other and using a little more apricot mixture, seal the end.
  8. Place the apple rose into a silicon muffin tin or a slightly greased metal muffin tin. (Or you could us a cupcake wrapper, if you wish.) You can also place 3 dried cranberries into the center of the apple rose, if you desire.
  9. Repeat the process for the other 5 puff pastry strips. Place in a heated oven and bake 40-45 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Let cool. Serve warm with powdered sugar sprinkled on top or with vanilla ice cream on the side if you like.

Apple Rose Tarts recipe from This Bittersweet Life

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