Happy Monday foodies! (If there is even such a thing…)
This week’s theme for the #FoodieMonday #Bloghop was a challenging one!
The name “3 ingredient recipe” is self-explanatory. We were only allowed to use THREE INGREDIENTS for making a nice, delicious dish. When I started thinking around the idea, it turned out to be more difficult than I had anticipated.
The week flew by and before I knew it, it was Friday. Then yesterday, it was my marriage anniversary, and it goes without saying that my kitchen was closed. So if I wanted to make it to this week’s bloghop, I just had one day left. I had absolutely nothing planned. I seriously considered skipping the bloghop but the theme was so interesting that I really wanted to challenge myself and see if I can come on the other side successful.
This morning after the breakfast, I peeked inside the refrigerator to see what my options were. (The weather today was particularly dreary and rainy…so I didn’t want to step out at all). I saw a sheet of ‘Ready to roll Puff Pastry’ that I was saving to make a batch of my Indori Baked Samosa (look it up on my blog..it’s soooo yummy) and I saw a large batch of apples that remained forgotten in the excitement of all the celebratory Anniversary eating.
There was a particular recipe that I had been yearning to attempt for quite some time now, but just hadn’t got to it. I have lately been obsessed with Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon pretzels and had meant to replicate the same in my kitchen. I had researched recipes on the internet and had found many different variations of it, some with fun shapes and other with a variety of elements like fruits, berries and honey. One particular version with apples or peaches had intrigued me a lot and now was the perfect time to implement it for this theme
So, here it is….. *Drum-Roll*
My stunning Apple and Cinnamon ‘Rose’ Tarts. Aren’t they adorable?????????????
The three ingredients that I have used here are-
- Ready to roll Puff Pastry
- Pink lady Apples
- Cinnamon Sugar
I am so proud of them and myself! (Modest much? 😉 )
Now friends, please take note- As I was supposed to use only three ingredients, I skipped using egg-wash on my pastry sheets this time, but I want you to know that using egg-wash on puff pastry is extremely essential for that gorgeous golden glaze that you want in your tarts or pies. Just break an egg in a bowl, whisk it and brush it on your pastry before baking. Trust me, it works like a charm!
Also, I very much regret not taking pictures of each and every step of this recipe. I was so engrossed on not making a mistake till they were snugly sitting inside the muffin compartments that I completely forgot about taking pictures. Sorry about that! I’d try to do my best to explain it well to you guys and have also attempted to draw a pictorial representation of the most important step of the process.
Try this out for sure friends! It’s so easy and so quick and most importantly, so very tasty. We enjoyed these beauties with generous dollop of Vanilla Ice-cream and there was so much yummyness in each bite!
Have a great week ahead! Enjoy! xx
– 1 ready to roll light butter Puff Pastry
– 2-3 tsp Cinnamon sugar
– 3-4 Pink lady apples or any apples
– Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius.
– Take the puff pastry out from the refrigerator and put on the kitchen counter for 10-15 minutes to bring it to the room temperature.
– Cut the apples in halves, from top to bottom and extract all the cores and seeds.
– Place your halved apples (peel side up) such that the ends are towards right and left direction, and not in north and south.
– Now, cut very thin slices out of your apples. DO NOT PEEL THEM!
– Transfer the slices in a glass bowl full of water.
– Microwave your apple slices in the water for 2-3 minutes on HIGH, just so that they soften a bit. Do not over-heat. We do not want to cook them. We just want to soften them a bit!! You can also do this step in a skillet on a gas stove.
– Drain them by placing them between two pieces of cloth and after that, pat dry the slices to get rid off all the excess moisture. You must dry them as much as you can or they can turn everything mushy while baking, because of the water present in them.
– Place your puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
– Cut the pastry lengthwise (horizontally) into 4-5 long thin strips.
– Sprinkle your cinnamon sugar generously all over the surface of your pastry strips.
– On each strip, place 7-8 apple slices (peel size up) along the top portion of the pastry strips, overlapping them a bit as you lay them out. Leave around a half inch space vacant at each end. (See image 1.)
– Fold the bottom two thirds of the pastry up and over the bottom of the apple slices (See Image 2)
– Finally, gently roll each strip from one end to another, to make a small rose-shaped tart. You will be able to do that very easily.
– Place the rose tarts into the greased compartments of the muffin tray.
– Bake for around 40 minutes at 200 degrees C, until the tarts look golden brown and the apple edges look a bit darkened and crisp.
– Allow them to cool and then, gently take them out from the tray compartments.
– Dust with some more cinnamon sugar and enjoy warm with vanilla ice-cream or as it is!
When you make these without the three-ingredient constraint, do include the following steps-
- Just before you sprinkle the pastry strips with cinnamon sugar, brush the egg wash generously all over the strips. Also, after you rolling the tarts into rose shapes, brush the pastry parts with egg-wash one final time, just before you place them into the muffin tray!
- Squeeze a little lemon in the water, when you blanch the apple slices.
- You can also coat your strips with your favorite Jams and sweet spreads!
- If you do not have store-bought Cinnamon sugar, you can easily make your own. Juts add 1 part of powdered cinnamon stick to three parts castor sugar and mix. You have your own cinnamon sugar!
You can comfortably skip boiling the apple slices and use them raw instead. They are a bit tricky to fold that way and a few pieces may break, but you will still get gorgeous tarts! I guarentee it!