Baked Apple Roses

Although I hate to see summer go, the change of season always invigorates me. The crispness of the air is truly delicious, as are all of the apple and pumpkin treats that start appearing on blogs.  I thought I would kick off my Fall posts with a yummy little recipe of Apple roses! They put a spell over me the first time I saw on Pinterest. I thought something so beautiful would be difficult to make but it wasn’t. While this is my first time making apple roses, I followed Chef John’s recipe and it was so unbelievably easy to make.  Just try it and you’ll see. They are the perfect treat to get your sweet tooth ready for fall.



So, what are apple roses?

They are basically a dessert consisting of sliced apple and puff pastry. The puff pastry is stretched into strips, sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon or any preserve of your choice with thin apple slices on top. Then it is rolled to look like a rose and baked for 45 minutes. Vilola! You have an Apple rose!

Since I have yet to find a pre-made store-bought gluten free puff pastry, we’re going to make the puff pastry from scratch. The first step is to make perfect Pie dough, which is actually really easy. I have to tell you that when I started gluten free baking, one of the things I was most scared to make was pie crust. But honestly, it isn’t that hard. It’s the gluten free puff pastry that is the trickiest to master because it consists of many layers of fat, and the rolling procedure requires great deal of time and care. However , it’s not impossible to do. Have confidence that it will work out, and don’t worry if the results aren’t perfect. It may not be light and airy as the traditional puff pastry but it will certainly be buttery, crispy and heavenly.



I thawed frozen pie crust from when I had previously made  lemon blueberry tart.  I used “Gluten Free shoestring’s” recipe to convert my millet pie crust into a gluten free puff pastry.  My recipe does not have eggs or any sort of gum, so it needs more patience and some careful handling to avoid ruptures. If you’ve never worked with psyllium husk before, you can use xanthum gum in its place.  I know it sounds super intimidating to put together, but I promise, it’s really not! Go on, give it a go!

Once you have the puff pastry, the rest of the recipe is easy and you’ll be able to make impressive and delicious apple roses. Serve them with a dollop of whipped cream or even with custard.




Baked Apple Roses

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 4 apple roses

An apple dessert you can eat without guilt.


    For Apple roses
  • 1/2 puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • White sugar
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • For puff pastry
  • 1 pie crust dough ( I used frozen pie dough from this recipe)
  • 1 cup butter
  • Gf all-purpose flour for dusting


  1. To make puff pastry, follow Gluten Free Shoestring's recipe.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 4 small ramekins and dust with white sugar.
  3. Place apple slices on a plate (overlapping slightly if necessary), microwave for 35-45 seconds until they are soft and able to bend.
  4. Cover with cling wrap until use.
  5. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  6. Cut puff pastry into 4 pieces. Roll one piece into a 6x11" rectangle between plastic wrap (dusting with flour whenever needed). Reserve remaining pieces in the fridge for more roses or another use.
  7. Cut the rectangle into 2 rectangles that are 3" wide.
  8. Set aside one rectangle and spread melted butter over one strip of puff pastry, sprinkle cinnamon sugar. Place apple slices on the puff pastry, along the edge so they are slightly overlapping and sticking out by 1/2 of an inch.
  9. Holding plastic wrap carefully fold the bottom half of the rectangle over the apples. Press down and seal the end with a wet finger.
  10. Starting from one end, gently roll the dough to form a rose while keeping the apple slices in place. Seal roll with end of dough strip.
  11. Place the rose in the prepared ramekin and stick it in the fridge till you make the remaining apple roses ( I only used 1/2 puff pastry to make 4 roses).
  12. Sprinkle little more cinnamon sugar on all apple roses. Place ramekins on middle rack of preheated oven.
  13. Bake until well golden browned, about 45 minutes. Remove ramekins with tongs and place on baking sheet to cool 5-10 minutes.
  14. Remove apple roses from ramekins and finish cooling on rack. Dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.


If the puff pastry is not fully cooked after 45 minutes, or to avoid burning the apple slices, you can cover them with aluminum foil while baking.

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  • comment-avatar
    Shubha October 3, 2017 (10:26 am)

    The baked roses look so beautiful… yummy:)

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    Blackswan October 3, 2017 (8:50 pm)

    Love pretty desserts like these! xoxo

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes October 3, 2017 (9:36 pm)

    They are so beautiful! Thumbs for you using homemade pastry, Balvinder.

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    jenny paulin October 4, 2017 (2:02 am)

    these are so pretty to look at. I love how you have shown step by step photos of how you created them too. I will be trying these myself.

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    David @ Spiced October 4, 2017 (3:59 am)

    Much like you and pull-apart bread, I’ve been meaning to try my hand at apple roses for a long time now…but I’ve never gotten around to it. We have a countertop full (I mean FULL!) of apples, so this is the time to try it. I might give it a go this weekend as these look delicious!! 🙂

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    Monica October 4, 2017 (4:51 am)

    What a stunner! You did a gorgeous job of these apple roses. I can’t believe they’re as easy as you say. ; ) I feel the same way about summer to fall. It’s always a mix blessing. Hope you are cozy and enjoying all that fall has to offer!

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    natalia20041989 October 4, 2017 (9:26 am)

    So beautiful☺☺

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    cheri October 4, 2017 (10:01 am)

    These roses are beautiful Balvinder!!!! you have some pretty amazing knife skills for sure;)

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    Katerina Delidimou October 5, 2017 (2:23 am)

    They are not only tasty but also beautiful!

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    Monika October 5, 2017 (3:39 am)

    These are super gorgeous, and it’s such a good idea to include step-by-step photos – they are actually quite easy to make! Thank you for bringing your pretty apple roses to #CookBlogShare:)

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    NancyC October 5, 2017 (4:57 pm)

    These are so pretty!

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    marcie October 6, 2017 (3:04 pm)

    You did a beautiful job on these apple roses and these are enough to make me happy that it’s fall!

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    ZazaCook October 8, 2017 (5:07 pm)

    Beautiful and delicious!

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    Emma - Bake Then Eat October 11, 2017 (9:20 am)

    Huge respect for making your own puff pastry, it’s so time consuming. These rose apple desserts are just stunning.

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    Jean | January 12, 2018 (5:59 pm)

    Balvinder, I’ve been wanting to make these ever since I saw them, too, but haven’t gotten around to it. Your gluten-free version sounds wonderful, and they are gorgeous!