Yesterday, in the car on our way to the Winter Nights at Bokrijk, I was listening to Radio 2 ’s ‘1000 klassiekers’, the radio station’s annual list of the ultimate classic songs. And at number 546 there it was: the wonderful 1975 classic by Belgian singer Marva called ‘Rode rozen in de sneeuw’ (Red roses in the snow). My inspiration to bake these lovely apple roses. šŸ™‚

 

 

I know everyone’s done them before, because they are just so damn pretty and easy to make!
What you need: puff pastry sheets , 3 red apples, some lemon juice, apricot jam, sugar and cinnamon.
A quick guide: First cut the apples in two and remove the core. Slice thinly and put in a small pot filled with water and lemon juice. Heat up until the apple slices have become all soft. Let them drain in a strainer.

 

Cut the puff pastry sheets into long strips (choose any size you prefer) and coat with the apricot jam. Make sure your apple slices are dry before putting them on though. Sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon on top and then fold the bottom part over the apple slices. Make sure they still stick out a bit. Start to roll up. I used a greased muffin tin to bake my apple roses. Bake into a 200 degree oven for at least 20 minutes.

 

 

Let them cool down and put some apricot jam and icing sugar on top before serving.
And here they are… my very own ‘Red roses in the snow’… Enjoy!