How to Make Mini Apple Pies Shaped like Roses with Puff Pastry Sheets
Last week our next door neighbors gifted us with a big bag of hand picked apples from their tree. Our neighbors have the most beautiful and plentiful garden I have ever seen. The beautiful part is that they share the abundance with others and I believe that helps their garden thrive.
I’ve been told that these are Pippin apples which orginate from the east coast outside of New York. A little tidbit is that they are one of the oldest apple varieties in the United States. Given these facts, this is a pretty special fruit. Pippin apples are crisp, sweet and tart at the same time, and good enough to eat plain and fresh. Not a crab apple at all. However, I am using them to make a version of apple pie that is simple, cute, and delish.
Let’s get started!
First off you will need to pick up some Puff Pastry Sheets. Here is what I’m talking about:
- 2 puff pastry sheets
- 5-6 Pippin apples
- 2 droppers full of liquid Stevia
- 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
- 4-5 cups water
- zest from 2 lemons
- juice from 2 lemons
- powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 425
- Spray canola oil liberally into muffin tin
- Wash all the apples.
- Core them and slice them very thinly.
- Bring the water and lemon juice to a boil. Cook the apple slices until soft (similar to how a pear feels) but not falling apart - about 5 minutes.
- Gently fish out the apple slices with rubber cooking tongs and place on paper towels to dry
- Sprinkle some flour down on your work surface.
- Lay out the pastry sheet and cut into strips about an inch and a half wide
- Stir together the spices and lemon zest.
- Sprinkle the spice mixture on the pastry strips and press down slightly.
- Lay apple slices across on pastry sheet so that half of the rounded part sticks up over the sheet leaving some space at either end.
- Fill in below about half way down.
- Fold the dough up and on the sides to tuck in the apples.
- Roll the pastry sheets - they should resemble roses when turned upright.
- Place into greased muffin tin.
- Bake for about 25 minutes.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cool.
Make mini apple pies shaped like roses with pastry sheets for breakfast or dessert. They are so pretty and so, so good! Get creative with add-ons. Try drizzling caramel sauce on top for dessert or adding raisins for breakfast. I’m planning to make these as part of my dessert repertoire for our contribution to our extended family Thanksgiving feast this year.
Hope you try making mini apple pies. Leave a comment and let me know what you think! I’m sure there are more variations – experiment with different kinds of apples and add nuts if you don’t have allergies. Most of all have fun rolling these sweet little pies up.