Autumn means apples. Lots and lots of apples. Pink ladies and golden delicious and Jonathon and royal gala’s galore. I’m sure by now every man and his dog has seen the ‘fast and simple food’ videos of apple roses doing the rounds on Facebook and the like…no? Here’s a link to one of the several hundred floating about the interwebs. How good are these little videos? I like several pages on Facebook which are always good for some meal time prep inspiration (BuzzFeed Food, Tasty, Tastemade and TipHero are great.) I thought I’d give it a go for a seemingly easy and quick dessert for us, and I can happily report back that it is fast and simple food! And yummy in a very caramely apply cinnamony delicious way.
2 apples (I used pink ladies), cored and cut in half
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon water
Liberal lashes of salted caramel sauce (I used this one as I often have a jar of it made in the fridge to have on ice-cream, but you can use any store bought caramel sauce, or I’ve also seen apple roses made with cream cheese instead)
2 sheets puff pastry
Icing sugar, to dust
Slice your apple halves so you have a lot of semi-circle slices. Put in a bowl with the cinnamon, lemon juice and water and microwave for 3 minutes. Cut your pastry sheets into thirds, brush on the caramel sauce to one half of each strip of pastry. Place your softened apple slices along the pastry strips, on top of the caramel sauce, then fold the pastry strip in half leaving the tops of the apples exposed. Roll up and place in a greased muffin tin, bake at 180 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden. Dust with icing sugar to serve.
How pretty do they look?! I do love a fancy looking dessert which is actually dead easy. I’ve seen bigger whole apple tarts done like this, which really up the show pony factor for a dinner party, but these would be super impressive yet quick for dinner guests also. I made these whilst Eleanor was asleep but I’m pretty sure she would love to help make them too! And: apple + cinnamon + caramel. Yup yup.
Happy Autumn apple baking.
Do you have any apple trees or orchards nearby?
Got a crate full to make something scrummy with?