28 Dec Baby Rose Apple Tart

I have seen these beautiful apple tarts shaped like red roses everywhere on youtube and food blogs, and thought it would be a great idea to serve as finger desserts in a Christmas dinner party. Don’t get intimidated by how it looks, it’s fancy but easy to make.

Ingredients for tart shells (makes about 9-12 tarts)
1) 1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
2) 1 stick (125ml) of cold unsalted butter, cut them in 2″ cubes
3) 1 tbs of palm sugar
4) Pinch of salt

Ingredients for apple fillings
1) 2 apples (I used Royal Gala but any firm apples with red skin would do)
2) 1/4 cup of palm sugar
3) 2 tbs of melted butter
4) 2 tbs of strawberry/raspberry jam
5) 1/2 lemon

Instructions
1) Mix all purpose flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl
2) Add cold butter cubes and blend them well by pastry cutter, butter knives or your finger tips. The dry mixture should be lumpy and no large butter cubes left.
3) Add 1-3 TBS of water to the mixture, bring the crumbles together by hand and try to form a dough.
4) Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it set in the fridge for an hour
5) Take the dough out and start rolling out in a 1/4″ inch thick pastry. Use a 3 1/2″ diameter cookie cutter to cut out your pastry and place in the muffin or mini cheesecake pan.
6) Cut your apple around your core. Thinly slice the apples with a very sharp knife or save your time by using a mendolin slicer (set thinness to 1/8″). Your slices should look like half moon.
7) Juice 1/2 lemon and pour it over the apples.
8) Melt 2 tbs of butter in microwave then add 1/4 cup of palm sugar
9) Pour mixture over apples and gently toss them.
10) Microwave apples with mixtures for 40 sec. You can see they turn slightly brown and soft enough to roll.
11) Now you have to line up 10 apples slices horizontally and overlap each by half with curved side towards you.
12) Start rolling apple slices and as you roll you will start seeing the rose shape to form. Remember to roll as tightly as possible at the beginning.
13) Place each baby rose in the tart shell.
14) Preheat your oven and set to 375F
15) Pop the apple tarts in the oven for 45mins until they turn golden brown.
16) Take the tarts out and glaze your favourite jam over the tarts with a brush.
17) Voila and they are ready to be packaged or served right away with vanilla ice cream.

Tips:

** These make fantastic hostess gifts and they can last for 2-3 days.
** To prevent apple slices getting burnt, use a deeper muffin pan instead of shallow tart pan. Or try to lower your oven temperature to 350F.
** For more vibrant colour, add just a tiny little food colouring to your jam before glazing over the pastries.

Recipe is adopted from frommyimpossiblytinykitchen

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