… Apple rose puffs – simple but fancy …

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I saw the recipe of these apple rose puffs one day and immediately thought of the frozen puff pastries that had been sitting in my freezer for a while. The recipe suggested to roll the apple slices up in the pastry without cooking them beforehand. When I showed my mum the recipe she simultaneously popped two questions for me:  
1) wouldn’t it be hard to roll up the pastry when the apples are raw and hard? 
2) wouldn’t your puff pastry be all soggy when the raw apples keep releasing juice inside the oven?
“Ahh I didn’t think of that!” 
And the solution is to cook the apple slices before rolling them up.

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Apple rose puffs 
Makes 4 puffs 
Ingredients
… 1 1/3 frozen puff pastries (I used store bought ones)
… 1 big Fuji apple (use red delicious apples if you wish to have a more vibrant colour on the edges)
… 1 tsp lemon juice
… 2 tsp sugar
… 1 cup water
… 1 tbsp apricot jam (or any other jam you like)
… 1 tbsp water for the jam
… cinnamon powder (optional)
… flour to sprinkle on the worktop
Instructions
1. Thaw the puff pastry sheets under room temperature
2. Preheat the oven to 190*C
3. Place lemon juice and water into a big bowl
4. Cut apple into half, remove the seeds and the pit; then cut the apple into thin slices. Place the apple slices into the lemon water
5. In a saucepan, add sugar into the lemon water and apple slices; boil with medium heat until the apple slices turn soft
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6. Drain the apple slices and let them cool down
7. Sprinkle flour on your worktop and cut each pastry sheet into 3 equal pieces
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8. Briefly mix the jam with the tbsp of water and microwave for 30 seconds; stir again and let it cool down a bit
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9. Spread the jam evenly onto the pastry sheets and sprinkle cinnamon powder onto it (I forgot to sprinkle the cinnamon powder at this stage so I sprinkled some on top of the rolled up puff :P)
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10. Place the apple slices on the pastry sheets with the top of the arc facing the outside. Have around half the height of the apple slices tucked outside of the pastry
 11. Fold the pastry sheets into half and roll up the pastry sheets

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12. Grease the muffin tray and place the puffs into it
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13. Bake for around 30 minutes until the apple slices look cooked; then take out the tray and remove the puffs from it
14. Place the puffs on the wire rack in the oven and bake for another 10 minutes, keep an eye on the puffs as they burn easily at this stage
15. Take out the puffs from the oven and serve warm

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