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What’s better than eating pretty food that’s healthy, too? These delicate, apple rose pastries only require a few ingredients to make, and will definitely be the talk of the party this Thanksgiving.
“Apples are extremely rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber,” said Lisa Zoberman, MPH, RDN, LDN, Registered Dietitian. “The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.” So, don't be afraid to pass around the table these apple pastries - they're a 'good for you' sweet treat.
This recipe uses ‘apple butter’ which is a highly concentrated form of applesauce that’s made by slow-cooking apples with water or cider until the sugar in the apple caramelizes and turns dark brown. You can also purchase it in the store if you’re short on time.
2. Cut with a Chef's knife the pastry into six even long strips. Spread a thin layer of apple butter onto each strip.
3. Starting on one end, place the apple strips onto the top half of the puff pastry strip (skin side up), slightly stacking the slices on top of each other as you work your way down.
4. Leave a little bit of each apple slice (skin side up) popping off the top of the pastry strip so that it can help create a flower look. When you get to the end, leave a little empty space on the pastry strip.
5. Sprinkle cinnamon and ground cloves (or nutmeg) on the apples. Fold over the pastry onto the apple slices.
6. Start on the side you started with and start rolling. When you get to the end, take the little bit of extra puff pastry and rub/press it into the outside of the pastry rose to create a slight seal.
7. Spray a muffin pan with a non-stick spray and then add your pastry rose.
8. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes.
9. Remove from oven, and let the pastries cool. Dust with powdered sugar.
This recipe is inspired by the recipe listed on The Love Nerds food blog.