This recipe did the rounds on social media a few years ago but I never had the right moment to make them until this year. Miss 11 had a Beauty and the Beast birthday party and so I thought they were the perfect thing to serve at her high tea birthday celebration. They were remarkably easy, delicious and perfect for our Belle. If you’ve got a Beauty and the Beast party coming up or you just fancy making an impressive finish to a family dinner then give these a try.
- 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed
- 3 tablespoons of jam, I used quince jelly but apricot or a berry jam would be great too
- 2 red apples, cored, halved and thinly sliced
- Plain flour for dusting the surface
- Preheat the oven to 190C and grease a 12 muffin tin with oil spray or butter.
- Microwave the apples in the bowl for about 3 minutes 800W, 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.
- Sprinkle flour over your surface or baking mat. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough into a rectangular shape of about 30 x 22 cm. Cut the dough into 6 strips, each about 5 x 22 cm.
- In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserves with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute (or warm up on the stove) so that the preserves will be easier to spread. Spread a thin layer of preserves on each strip of dough.
- 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. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- 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.
- Do the same for all 6 roses. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked. Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven. If after the first 30 minutes the apples start to burn on top, move the pan to a lower rack of the oven and finish baking. You can also cover loosely with aluminium foil for these last 10-15 minutes, to avoid burning the top. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.