The apple tree by the parking lot at the office where I work has been especially fruitful this year. They are a bit too tart to be a snack apple, though. When I saw a video posted on Facebook on how to bake beautiful apple roses, I remembered the last 4 apples that were stashed in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator. Roses come in all colors, so I figured it would be okay to use green.
2 T sugar
1 T honey
3 T water
1 c flour
1/2 stick butter
(3 T of water leftover after cooking apples)
Preheat oven to 350*F.
Cut the apple in half. Core it. Slice it into thin pieces.
Saute the apple slices in the sugar-honey-water mixture for 3-5 minutes. Remove the apple slices from the pan to let them cool while you prepare the pastry.
Cut the butter into the flour. Add the 3 T of liquid that is leftover from sauteing the apples. Mix the ingredients until you have a smooth dough. You don’t want it to be crumbly, or it will be hard to roll around the apple.
Cut the dough in half and roll one piece out into a 4-5″ x 8″ rectangle. cut off the rough edges, then make slices about 1″ wide x 8 ” long. Place apple slices along each strip, overlapping the apple slightly. Roll the strips up with the apple on the inside.
Place the roses into a cupcake mold. Bake the roses for 15-18 minutes. Allow them to cool a bit before removing them from the pan. You may need to loosen the edges with the back of a knife.