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Olga Drozd

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Apple Cream Cheese Rose Tarts
« on: December 02, 2017, 08:20:55 PM »
Apple Cream Cheese Rose Tarts

The apples must be cut very thin so they can roll up with the puff pastry.  If they are cut too thick it will not roll up smoothly.

1 or 2 red apple
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
3 Tablespoons water
1 to 2 sheets puff pastry (store bought)
1/4 cup cream cheese (softened)
3 Tablespoon sugar
Cinnamon

Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature. It should take about 20-30 minutes.

Preheat oven  375 degrees F. Grease muffin tin.  Place oven rack in the middle of the oven.

Slice the apple in half.  Remove the core, stem end, and blossom end.  Place apples cut side down and thinly slice. Combine the apple slices with lemon juice and water in a bowl and microwave for about 3 minutes or less until slices are limp.  The apple slices should be cooked just enough to bend without breaking. If they break, you need to cook them a little more.  Drain apple slices and pat apple slices dry and set aside.

Lightly sprinkle flour on counter. Roll out the puff pastry sprinkled with flour and roll until it is about 12" x 9". Cut the dough into six strips about 2" x 9". Spread small amount softened cream cheese on each strip and sprinkle with sugar.  Arrange the apple slices vertically slightly overlapping  with the skin side up and cut side down on 1/2 of each puff pastry and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Fold the puff pastry over cut side of the apples on top of the apple slices  and roll each strip up into a coil.  Place the apple pastry coils into greased muffin tins.  Bake for 40 to 45 minutes at 375 degrees F. Let them cool for about 10 minutes (see Note.) Place them on a plate and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. 

These are best eaten right after baking, when still warm and crisp.  They can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature for up to two days. Or in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can always warm them up for a few minutes by placing in the oven before serving.

NOTE: Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven! If after the first 30 minutes the apples start to burn on top, move the pan to a lower rack of the oven and finish baking. You can also cover loosely with aluminum foil for these last 10 to15 minutes, to avoid burning the top.

VARIATION:  Instead of cream cheese:  Spread pastry slices with apricot jam. In a microwavable bowl add 3 Tablespoons jam and 2 Tablespoons water.   Microwave for 1 minute, mix until smooth. Continue with apples slices and prepare as above.

Or you can spread pastry slices with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Add apple slices and fold pastry over cut side of the apples and then mix egg with a little water and brush mixture over the folded dough, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and continue with the recipe as above.
« Last Edit: December 02, 2017, 09:55:23 PM by Olga Drozd »