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Apple Roses
"Rose di Pasta Sfoglia"

(Makes 6)
Apple Rose - Rose di Pasta Sfoglia
Ingredients:

2 medium red apples (such as Red Delicious, Fuji, or Braeburn)
Juice from 1 lemon
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
Water
1/2 of a (17.3 ounce package) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry  (1 sheet)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Confectioners' sugar for dusting

Directions:

Cut the apples in half through the core.
Use a melon baller to scoop out the seeds.
Cut the apples into 1/8-inch thick slices.
Place the apple slices in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the lemon juice, 1
tablespoon of sugar, and enough water to cover the apples. Microwave on high
for 3 to 5 minutes or until the slices are slightly tender and flexible. Drain and
set aside. The slices must be flexible for them to bend during rolling.

Unroll the puff pastry sheet on a well floured surface.  Use a rolling pin to
stretch the dough to an even 1/8-inch thickness. Cut the dough crosswise into
6 even strips.
In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon ground
cinnamon. Spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly over the dough strips. 
Place 7-8 apple slices, rounded side up and slightly overlapping, along the top
edge of each strip of dough. 
Fold the bottom edge of each dough strip up to meet the top edge, covering
the bottom edges of the apple slices; press gently to seal.  Starting at one
end, roll the dough up into a coil, keeping the bottom edge even.  Dab the end
of the dough with a little water and press it gently to the roll to seal.
Place the roses on a parchment lined baking sheet, with the apple slices on
top.  Use your fingers to gently press the outer slices down to shape like rose
petals.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake for 30 minutes.   After 30 minutes,
begin to check the roses every 5 minutes so that they don't get too brown and
assure that the pastry is fully cooked. Bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.  Dust the roses with confectioners'
sugar before serving.

The roses are best served shortly after baking.
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Roses are considered a symbol of love and are often given as gifts on Mother's Day,
Valentine's Day or anniversaries. With these beautiful pastries, you can create a unique
bouquet of roses with pastry and apples. They are actually very easy to prepare. Just use a
sheet of ready-made puff pastry, cut the apples into slices, cook them briefly, and then roll
them in the pastry dough.  All this takes only about 15 minutes of preparation and 30-40
minutes of baking in the oven.
Apple Roses - Rose di Pasta Sfoglia
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