My girls and I enjoyed baking Apple Roses in preparation for the feast of St. Thérèse! There are many variations of Apple Roses that can be found online, including pies, tarts, cakes and more, but we decided to use the puff pastry sheet we had in the freezer to make the following Apple Rose Pastries. Happy Feast of St. Thérèse!
Heavenly Garden Apple Rose Pastries
- 1 Puff Pastry Sheet
- 3 Apples - I used a combination of Fuji and Pink Lady
- 5 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
- 1 pinch Nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
- 4 cups Water
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- Powdered Sugar for dusting (optional)
- Parchment Paper
Wash and core the apples. Slice in very thin slices, slightly smaller than 1/8 inch. Place the sliced apples in a saucepan along with the 4 cups water, 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes, or until the apple slices soften and can easily bend.
Strain the apples and let cool in the colander. Line a plate with paper towels and nicely arrange the apple slices so that they can dry and cool completely.
While the apples are cooling, mix the 5 tablespoons of sugar with the cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon zest. Prepare you work surface by lightly sprinkling it with some flour (or just use a silicone mat) and unfold the sheet of puff pastry (it is easiest to work with if it is not completely thawed). Using a pastry (or pizza) cutter, cut long strips approximately 1/2 inch wide. Spread the cinnamon mixture over the dough and slightly press it down.
By this time your apples should be cool and almost dry. Take a few slices and place them on the first strip of pastry dough, overlapping them so they do not fall out and will create a rose-like design (petals) once completed. Now start rolling, making sure it is fairly tightly rolled. Place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Repeat until you have create all of the Apple Roses.
Bake at 425˚F for 25 minutes, or until nicely golden.
Dust with powdered sugar if desired.
St. Thérèse, the little flower, please pick me a rose from the heavenly garden and send it to me with a message of love; ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more. -Rose Novena