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Posted by: Kathy Fitchett Date: December 7, 2015

Christmas Rose

final rose

Wouldn’t you like to be able to serve a dessert which has the ‘wow’ factor? The great thing about the Christmas rose is that it looks stunning and is tasty too but more importantly it can be made in advance so on the ‘big’ day all you need to do is bake it in the oven before serving.

The soft apple contrasts beautifully with the crispy puff pastry which is sandwiched with some minced meat giving it some added sweetness and flavour. Delicous served with vanilla ice cream- your guests will be impressed!

Only 4 basic ingredients are required, it is the assembly of the rose that takes the time and it can’t be rushed- if you want them to turn out looking like roses! It’s definitely an activity which is going to help you relax and unwind as you need to be fully focussed on the process.



I jar mince meat

1 pack ready rolled puff pastry

2 large red apples

Bottle lemon juice


To Do:

  1. Wash apples and cut in half and remove core.


2. Cut apple into 2 mm slices. Place on a large plate and cover each slice with lemon juice. Spread slices over plate and microwave on high for one minute and then check to see if it has softened increase by 30 seconds and repeat until all apple slices cooked through but still firm.


3. Roll out pastry and cut into 6 equal pieces by folding whole rectangle pastry into half and then into thirds cut with kitchen scissors.

Pastry strips4. Lightly flour table top and roll each piece of pastry until 2 mm thick and make sure there are no holes.


5. Over lap apple slices on the edge of the pastry strip about 1.5 cm from the top. Place small line of mincemeat under apple slices. Take care not to put too much mincemeat.

overlap apple

6. Fold pastry over the mincemeat and bottom of the apple slice. Seal end with water and press firmly.


7. Roll up pastry with apple and mincemeat to create rose and dampen end with water and press to seal.

PBS_80638. Place pastry rose in bun tin. Cover with foil leaving a tear on one edge to relieve moisture.


  1. Bake in fan oven 180 for 15 minutes and then check and then a further 10 minutes or until pastry is cooked through. Remove from bun tin while still hot and place on wire rack.


  1. Dust with icing sugar. Enjoy winter rose with vanilla ice cream.