Whether you’re watching the Run For The Roses* or looking for a special bite for Mother’s Day, these baked apple “roses” fit the bill. They’re actually a cross between a baked apple and a pastry: apple slices infused in beet syrup on a base of flaky puff pastry. It’s a beautiful treat.
The recipe was developed by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog, who notes that they are “versatile enough to present as part of breakfast in bed, as a surprise midday snack, or a ‘nightcap’ to end the day on a high note.”
If you haven’t had beet juice and pause at buying it for this recipe, let us assure you: It’s delicious, straight, or in cocktails.
Prep time is 25 minutes, cook time is 15 minutes, additional time is 15 minutes, and total time is 55 minutes.
If you have a mandoline, use it to slice the apples.
1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F.
2. COMBINE the water, beet juice, maple syrup, lemon juice, and ginger in a small saucepan. Set over medium heat and add the apple slices. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir periodically, cooking until the fruit is lightly rose colored and just softened enough to be more flexible. Turn off the heat and let cool until you can handle the apple pieces comfortably.
3. SLICE the puff pastry into 1-inch-wide strips with a very sharp knife. Thoroughly drain the apple slices, gently blotting them dry with a clean kitchen towel.
4. LAY the apple slices in overlapping strips across the puff pastry, leaving the rounded tops of the apples peeking out above the top of the strips. Roll the whole arrangement up tightly, as if creating an individual cinnamon bun.
5. PLACE the rolled pastry in muffin tins with the exposed apple slices on top. Repeat to fill the pan.
6. BAKE for 10 – 15 minutes, until the pastry is lightly golden brown and fully puffed. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy the apple cakes warm, or cool completely to serve at room temperature.
NOTE: These apple roses are best enjoyed the same day that they’re baked, but will keep for up to three days if stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Pop them in a 350°F oven for 4 – 6 minutes to re-crisp if the pastry becomes soft.
*The Race of Roses, also referred to as the “Run for the Roses,” gets its name because of the very beautiful prize that is commonly given out to the winner of the Kentucky Derby: a gorgeous blanket of 564 red roses. That’s in addition to a trophy and cash: The winner of the 2022 Kentucky Derby will receive $1.86 million.
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