Perfect dessert recipe for the holidays or for any time you want to wow your guests! Super quick and easy apple rose tarts filled with cinnamon sugar that look gorgeous and taste amazing.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Fill a large microwave-safe bowl with water about halfway full. Squeeze the juice from ½ of a lemon into the water.
Cut the apple in half lengthwise (through the stem), and cut off the ends. Carefully core the apple to remove the seeds, cutting as little as possible of the surrounding apple. Thinly slice the apples with a knife or mandolin slicer so all the thicknesses are even (about 1/16").
Place the apple slices into the lemon water, gently stir so the water coats the slices, and then heat in the microwave for 3 minutes. The apples and water will be very hot when it comes out. Make sure the apple slices are bendable (enough to roll them without breaking).
While the apple slices are in the microwave, mix together the brown sugar, white granulated sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a small bowl.
Once the apple slices are very flexible, fish them out of the water using a slotted spoon and lay them on a sheet of paper towel. Using another sheet of paper towel, gently pat the apple slices dry.
Unfold a puff pastry sheet and roll it out until it is about 12 inches long. Use a knife to cut them into six 2-inch wide strips. Gently stretch out each strip until they are about 18 inches long. Sprinkle about 2/3 tbsp of the cinnamon sugar mixture onto a strip and pat until evenly distributed.
Place apple slices overlapping each other about halfway onto the top half of the pastry strip. Then, fold the bottom half up over the bottom of the apple slices. Starting at one end, tightly roll them up to create the apple rose. Dab your finger in a little water and then dab the end of the pastry strip to seal it together.
Place the apple roses into a cupcake/muffin pan that has been sprayed with baking spray, generously buttered and floured, or lined with parchment paper. Repeat steps until both puff pastry sheets are used up. Should make 12 apple rose tarts (6 tarts per sheet of puff pastry).
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. If you are unsure if they’re done, feel free to carefully lift one tart out of the tin with a fork to check if the bottom is golden brown.
After they are done baking, carefully remove them from the cupcake tins quickly using a chopstick, fork, or knife. Do not let them cool in the pan because if any sugar has bubbled out, it will harden and cause the entire tart to stick in the pan. If needed, run a thin butter knife or spatula around the edges of each tart to loosen them from the tray. Place them on a wire rack or plate.
Using a sifter or sieve, dust the tops with powdered sugar and serve alone or with vanilla ice cream!