Nov 9, 2016

Internet craze apple roses

These super easy "apple roses" are all over the internet lately.

Apple roses –

Everyone's making them, my son and I even crafted some at the latest cooking school session we attended together.

Apple roses –

This got me thinking that I absolutely have to get my baking act together. This recipe is a great way for begginners to approach baking.

The thought that organically followed was, "This classic flaky dough wrapped around apple slices "glued" together with apricot jam can be transformed into fun variations."

In addition to the ubiquitous apple rose recipe, I'm adding a few savory suggestions to up your aperitivo game or your children's merenda snacks.

Internet craze apple roses

Preheat oven to 200° C (390° F)
Cut 2 apples in half and core. Do not peel. As a matter of fact, choose Gala or Red Delicious varieties whose red skin creates a beautiful color contrast with the cream colored pulp.
Slice the apple halves thinly and drop in acidulated water.
Prepare a basic syrup (2 parts sugar and 1 part water) and soften the apple slices in it for 2 minutes.
Dust with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, toss to coat evenly and allow to cool.
Using a pastry cutter, cut a rectangular sheet of puff pastry into 2-inch strips.
Brush the strips with warmed apricot jam and lay the apple slices on the top half of the strip, slightly overlapping them.
Fold up the bottom half of the strip and starting from one end, roll the strip on itself.
Place each rolled "rose" in buttered ramekins or paper lined muffin molds.
Sprinkle a little brown sugar on the surface of each rose.
Bake in hot oven for approximately 20 minutes.
Dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.

Sweet & savory spin-offs using the puff pastry as a base

  • Use pears instead of apples, and spread white or dark chocolate instead of jam, sprinkle chocolate chips as garnish
  • Use celery slices, spread peanut butter, garnish with coarsely ground peanuts or slivered almonds
  • Strawberries and ricotta
  • Pancetta and smoked cheese
  • Pears and gorgonzola
  • Peaches and nutella
  • Grilled zucchini and goat cheese
  • Salami and stracchino cheese
  • Roast pumpkin and brie
  • Lox and cream cheese garnished with arugula
  • Roast potato and caramelized leek...
I can keep going if you like.

Image © Giorgia Di Sabatino – Elliot Baldwin – 


  1. Dear Eleonora, I loved this internet craze apple roses recipe. The ingredients and the instructions were very detailed. I'm giving this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!
    Jennifer from

  2. That looks really nice, I'll try this soon too!

    1. Great! Which one of the versions will you be making? I look forward to hearing your feedback