Apple Roses

26 Aug

This summer I have been lucky enough to have been invited to two very lovely tea parties. I’m talking about the real deal here with smoked salmon sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, lots of lovely cakes and scones, a choice of beautiful teas and a couple of cheeky glasses of champagne.  Afternoon tea is a lovely tradition, not one I have the opportunity to indulge in too often, but a lovely way to get together with friends and loved ones for a proper catch up and to enjoy some delicious food.

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The first tea party was hosted by a very dear friend Barbara as an opportunity to get together with some of her girlfriends. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon and she really pushed the boat out for us. I was particularly impressed by some little apple pies that she made which looked like beautiful, icing sugar dusted roses. She confessed they were pretty straightforward to make, so when my mum hosted a tea party too, I decided to make some for us all to share.

This post is photo heavy, and not such great photos at that, but if you decide you’d like to make these, it’s a useful “how to”.

Ingredients (to make 12 mini or 6 large pies)

  • 1 pack of all butter puff pastry (ready rolled is easier)
  • 2 large red apples
  • water
  • 2 teaspoons of apricot jam
  • a little lemon juice
  • a teaspoonful of honey or a heaped teaspoon of sugar
  • icing sugar

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees C and you will need some cupcake cases to support the pies while they are baking

Start by cutting the apples in half and removing the cores. Slice fairly thinly and put all the slices into a bowl with 3 tablespoons of water, the sugar or honey and about a tablespoon of lemon juice. Mixx, cover the bowl and microwave on high for 3 minutes. You can also do this in a saucepan if you don’t want to use the microwave, simply boil the apples gently in the water, lemon and honey for about 3 minutes.

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Whichever method you use, drain the apples and leave them to cool down slightly.

Next, roll out your pastry (if it is not prerolled) into a large rectangle and cut into 6 strips (lengthways). Dust your work surface with a little icing sugar to prevent the pastry from sticking.

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Melt the jam with a teaspoon of water (microwave or saucepan).

Working with one strip of pastry at a time, brush the pastry with the melted apricot jam and lay overlapping slices of apple along the edge. Allow a little of the top of the apple slice to come over the top of the pastry strip.

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Fold the bottom half of the pastry strip upwards and press down gently.

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For large pies, roll up the whole slice (like a snail shell!), for smaller pies, cut the appe and pastry slices in two and roll up into two smaller rolls.

Put them into a cupcake case to support them and bake for about 45 minutes until the pastry is golden.

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Allow to cool and dust with icing sugar before admiring your bouquet of apples roses!


97 Responses to “Apple Roses”

  1. thecompletebook August 26, 2015 at 10:38 #

    Ooo. I am in love! HAVE TO make these for a tea ASAP! Aren’t they just too beautiful Tanya and I love they are easy to make.
    Have a beautiful day and maybe one day if Pete makes another trip to the UK, you and I can enjoy a high tea together.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:41 #

      You know me – all about making it simple! Afternoon tea somewhere in the UK with you would be amazing….one day Mandy, one day!

  2. 76sanfermo August 26, 2015 at 10:47 #

    Completely new for me …….I love these cupcakes!
    Thanks a lot for this “present”!

  3. Ria August 26, 2015 at 10:51 #

    Ooooh they look so pretty, will give them a try. Xxx

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:42 #

      I’ll always be happy to be an official taste tester!

  4. Sue & Danny August 26, 2015 at 11:12 #

    Hi Tanya, these look so pretty and Danny says he is going to make them for Clare’s 40th in September. Mmmmmmmmmmmm. xxx

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:42 #

      She’d love them – and you can prepare them ahead!

  5. cathyandchucky August 26, 2015 at 13:12 #

    Beautiful Chic! Almost look to pretty to eat but I’m sure I’d manage to snarf down about six of them 😄😍😄😍

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:43 #

      I agree – nothing is quite too beautiful to eat. It’s all in the tasting!!

  6. Mad Dog August 26, 2015 at 13:18 #

    Wow – they look amazing 😉

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:44 #

      Ah, thanks but they were a bit cheaty/easy!

      • Mad Dog August 26, 2015 at 20:27 #

        Sometimes less is more. They look beautiful and I bet they taste good too 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 20:51 #

        They did taste good. I also preferred the smaller version as the pastry cooked through to the middle without burning.

      • Mad Dog August 26, 2015 at 21:51 #

        They would look stunning as food/decorations at a large catered event, where the food was spread out on a big table, with the little roses in between 😉

      • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 22:28 #

        Making these has got me thinking about making a savoury version – perhaps thin slices of lightly fried aubergine with a cheese that’s not too melty. Or anchovies with something, or chard, jamon and tomato….will have to do some experimenting. You’re right, they could look pretty impressive on a large scale!

      • Mad Dog August 26, 2015 at 22:30 #

        You could launch a whole new type of tapas! All those ingredients sound fantastic to me 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 23:16 #

        Ramos de tapas de rosas!

      • Mad Dog August 27, 2015 at 00:49 #

        I think you might have hit on a very successful new business idea 😉

  7. PendleStitches August 26, 2015 at 13:28 #

    Oh you are so clever! These are adorable. Totally making these the next time the “girls” come over for tea and knitting.

  8. themateriallady August 26, 2015 at 14:33 #

    So pretty, and very unusual. No-one would guess how easy they are to make as they look so impressive.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. obatherbalpalingmurah August 26, 2015 at 15:21 #

    Wow incredible, amazing recipe to make a cake filled with extraordinary creations, the result is like a beautiful flower. Probably not to eat but to be decorated in the living room 🙂 hehe

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:45 #

      An edible decoration!

      • obatherbalpalingmurah August 28, 2015 at 06:33 #

        I think so butI was less creative process food , I berharaf after reading this article I could process the fruit that does not have a single dri

  10. Lynn August 26, 2015 at 16:50 #

    I love a pre-rolled puff pastry – I would make these and for a little savoury item Nigel Slater’s Stilton puff from his 12 tastes of Christmas

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 19:50 #

      Ooh Lynn I LOVE that recipe. I don’t think I’ll wait until Christmas to make it…I have some gorgonzola in the fridge that would do well for this!

      • Lynn August 26, 2015 at 23:46 #

        I will use any cheese available if the urge takes me!

  11. kennedymf August 26, 2015 at 17:27 #

    I made these for a High Tea bridal shower! they looked awesome.. I just used my regular sweet dough or Brioche and used my mini muffin tart!

    • Chica Andaluza August 26, 2015 at 20:05 #

      They would be perfect for a Bridal Shower – I bet the bride to be was delighted!

  12. Promenade Claire August 26, 2015 at 17:36 #

    very smart Miss! and I can see myself wolfing a load of those down with a cuppa or as you say a cheeky glass of fizz 🙂

  13. Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 27, 2015 at 06:03 #

    Wow, these look amazing and something I’ve wanted to try for a while now 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza August 27, 2015 at 13:11 #

      Well worth doing for the “oohs” and “aahs” you get!

  14. Food,Photography & France August 27, 2015 at 10:24 #

    I can’t see myself doing this but it does look pretty….which is probably why I can’t see myself doing this:)

  15. cookinginsens August 27, 2015 at 12:54 #


  16. Raden August 27, 2015 at 14:09 #

    nice article, I like it

  17. chefceaser August 27, 2015 at 15:04 #

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  18. Lynn August 27, 2015 at 16:17 #

    Talking of using ready made pastry etc. I am giving these a go this evening: using chocolate chip cookie dough and Reese’s peanut butter cups – yum

    • Chica Andaluza August 27, 2015 at 18:07 #

      Ooh they look fun. Where do you buy the cookie dough? Have never seen it here!

      • Lynn August 28, 2015 at 11:09 #

        Any good supermarket should have it nowadays, I bought that particular cookie dough at Waitrose. It is usually near the butter, pastry, croissant dough etc. They taste good but I think they could have done with a bit more time in the oven, they are a bit squidgy!

      • Chica Andaluza August 28, 2015 at 11:20 #

        Will hve to look out for it!

  19. Our Growing Paynes August 27, 2015 at 22:11 #

    I’ve seen these and I think they are so pretty. Great post. I need to try this!

    • Chica Andaluza August 27, 2015 at 23:10 #

      Once I’d had them at my friend’s house, I saw them popping up everywhere!

      • Our Growing Paynes August 27, 2015 at 23:14 #

        It seems to be a trend. But that’s ok as they are so pretty! It’s a great presentation.

  20. narf77 August 27, 2015 at 22:53 #

    And here I was, thinking that I was up for learning about a new type of rose in a gardening post! These look simply delicious. I can just imagine them on a high tea tray in a very upmarket establishment Ms Chica.

    • Chica Andaluza August 27, 2015 at 23:10 #

      Next year I will try to grow some !!

      • narf77 August 27, 2015 at 23:27 #

        Can’t wait. Bypass the cooking phase and pick those lovely crisp, crunchy, sweet gorgeous things straight from the shrub! I will be in line to buy one of them from our local nursery when you patent the technology 😉

      • Chica Andaluza August 28, 2015 at 11:15 #

        Did you ever see the really old April Fool’s gag done by the BBC about the spaghetti harvest?

      • narf77 August 28, 2015 at 11:51 #

        Yeah I did! That was hilarious and no doubt caught a lot of people out 😉

      • Chica Andaluza August 28, 2015 at 18:32 #


  21. chef mimi August 30, 2015 at 15:15 #

    These are just gorgeous! I’ve never seen such a thing. Love it. I might make them for my grand daughters first birthday party!!! Do you have to serve them immediately?

    • Chica Andaluza August 30, 2015 at 17:25 #

      No, you can make them ahead. If you cool the cooked pastries then store in an airtight tin they’ll stay crispy until the next day. Just don’t sprinkle the icing sugar on until a couple of hours before serving!

  22. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 31, 2015 at 06:21 #

    I’d seen something like this somewhere.. I’m so excited you’ve made them. Now I have to try these too. I think they’re just so so pretty! Just my sort of desert. Do the slices soften a bit as they bake?

    • Chica Andaluza August 31, 2015 at 09:52 #

      You soften the slices of apple first by paching or microwaving them for a couple of minutes. They continue to cook in the oven and brown a little at the edges. You do need to do the first poach/microwave stage otherwise you wouldn’t be able to roll the pastry up. Works well and they look so pretty!

      • Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 31, 2015 at 13:44 #

        Ahhh.. it’s always good to ready through the instruction bit of a recipe before trying it oneself;) Thanks! xx

      • Chica Andaluza August 31, 2015 at 16:56 #

        Oh I’m guilty of that too 😉

  23. Sid's Sea Palm Cooking August 31, 2015 at 13:43 #

    Those look amazing and now I have yet another idea to make for the Tapas Nights we host. I don’t usually make a dessert, but these would be perfect.

    • Chica Andaluza August 31, 2015 at 16:55 #

      Oh yes – make the mini version and they would be tapas desserts!

  24. Rachel August 31, 2015 at 16:24 #

    These are adorable! I think I’ll find an excuse to make some – but I promise to give credit to you!! Mmmm… I think my garden club ladies would swoon.

    • Chica Andaluza August 31, 2015 at 16:57 #

      No credit required – I pinched the idea too! That’s the joy of blogging J

  25. Gather and Graze September 1, 2015 at 05:06 #

    Absolutely LOVE this idea Tanya – so clever, pretty and simple too! I’ll be trying this out in the next week or so. 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza September 1, 2015 at 17:34 #

      Glad you liked it – simple but very effective!

      • Gather and Graze September 2, 2015 at 12:13 #

        I made them tonight for dessert Tanya and they really are fabulous – an absolute hit with the family! Thanks so much for sharing, will be making them again… and again… 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza September 2, 2015 at 16:26 #

        Oh I’m thrilled you made them and most of all, that you enjoyed them!!

  26. Saiful Bahri September 3, 2015 at 02:46 #

    Mrs. Chica amazing . She is a true chef woman…

  27. Ruth September 4, 2015 at 12:52 #

    Magnificent and delightful. The photos really help me feel I could attempt to create them. Going to share with some tea lovers.

    • Chica Andaluza September 4, 2015 at 13:46 #

      Oh I’m so pleased! They’re not the greatest photos in the world but I showed them in the hope that it would make other feel just as you say…that you could attempt them!

      • Ruth September 4, 2015 at 14:17 #

        Broken down in steps makes it possible. Nice!

  28. christinalfrutiger September 4, 2015 at 17:36 #

    These are just beautiful! I don’t have any apricot jam on hand, could you recommend another flavor that would be good to use instead? I may have that one! 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza September 4, 2015 at 19:18 #

      I think any flavour will do – it’s only a small amount you need, just to get the layers to stick together. Do sift out any fruity lumps though to make it smooth and easy to apply!

      • christinalfrutiger September 5, 2015 at 19:27 #

        Thanks so much! I am a long time member of the Farmy Fellowship as you are too, I see. I visit your blog now and then. Lovely recipes! 🙂

      • Chica Andaluza September 5, 2015 at 21:34 #

        Hello Fellow Farmy Fellowship-er! Glad you enjoy the recipes J

  29. restlessjo September 14, 2015 at 22:56 #

    This seems terribly clever, and doesn’t it look pretty? 🙂 It just so happens I have a big bag full of apples scrumped from the next door neighbour. I stewed some today but I won’t have time to do anything more till after the wedding. Just… maybe!

    • Chica Andaluza September 14, 2015 at 23:11 #

      Oh stewed apples are so good – especially if they’ve been scrumped!!

  30. Dety October 7, 2015 at 02:00 #

    Did you make this your self? you are very creative. by the way Where do you come from?

    • Chica Andaluza October 7, 2015 at 10:38 #

      I did make these myself! I lived mainly in London, my family is part English and part Italian, my partner is Spanish and now I live between Spain and England J

  31. kaoskarakter October 9, 2015 at 22:48 #

    Wow – they look amazing 😉

  32. Karen October 10, 2015 at 15:00 #

    I’m doing my own proper catch up reading your posts that I’ve missed recently. Wish I could have had the opportunity to make some of the apple roses before we moved from our orchard. They are really lovely and I’m sure delicious.

    • Burhan October 27, 2015 at 15:07 #

      maybe i have to try to make the apple rose. and then ask for my friends to taste mine. if it tasty maybe i try to sell some apple rose cakes 🙂 hahaha

  33. hukum Aqiqah November 7, 2015 at 02:18 #

    interesting menu…
    good idea :*)

  34. Maulana Angga November 7, 2015 at 02:59 #

    I am in love, thank you for sharing this recipe. I am really like all about apple, i’ll try it later.

  35. grosir jilbab murah February 13, 2016 at 03:18 #

    thanks for sharing,… it’s beautiful cooking,…

  36. Suci Purnamasari March 3, 2016 at 05:54 #

    I so wanted to taste the food as good as roses, but what I bear with food like that? :’D

  37. Debby Aripianusari April 23, 2016 at 04:14 #

    I so wanted to taste the food as good as roses, but what I bear with food like that? :’D haha

  38. Rak Sepatu Gantung July 1, 2016 at 02:03 #

    Ah PIe Apple.. what a wonderfull recipe..


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