Saturday, 18 March 2017

Apple Rose Tart

Apple rose tarts are eye catching, resembling a pretty bouquet of roses.  They're just as delicious as any apple pie!

Apple Rose Tart Recipe

Mother's Day is fast approaching and for the past week or so I've been wondering what to make for my Mum this year.  Of course I could make her some elaborate chocolate showstopper, or something equally indulgent, but knowing that my Mum is very conscious about the types and quantities of fat that she includes in her diet such bakes really wouldn't have been appropriate for her.

So, wanting to make her something which was relatively healthy yet eye catching, I recalled the pretty vibe of our apple roses which I made last year and was inspired to make this family sized apple rose tart.

Healthy Apple Rose Tart Recipe

Of course pastry itself isn't the healthiest of choices having invariably been made with butter packed with saturated fats.  But having successfully made a vegan pastry just last week for our Beetroot & Lentil Pie, which was so much healthier having been made with an olive oil, I knew that that vegan pastry recipe would be perfect for this healthy Apple Rose Tart.   This pretty tart recipe does include a certain amount of refined sugar, a total of about 85g, but the individual serving quantity would be minimal once this posh apple pie is divided between guests.

How to make a healthy apple rose tart

As I say, apple rose tarts are essentially a posh apple pie having been constructed with pastry and apples, but the impact it brings once it's brought to the table far out weighs that of a regular apple pie.  It certainly has aesthetic appeal, resembling a bouquet of pretty pink roses.  And, just to confirm, apple rose tarts certainly aren't style over substance!  Their flavour is as delicious as you would expect from any apple pie recipe.  Beautiful pastry.  Apple.   Cinnamon.  And a hint of custard.  Surely perfect flavours.      

How to make a healthy apple rose tart

Now, I have to admit that apple rose tarts are time consuming to make, and can be a little fiddly at first when starting to roll the apple roses, but surely your Mum, or other special person, is worth the time and effort when making something as delicious and  aesthetically pretty as an apple rose tart.

Healthy Apple Rose Tart Recipe




So, here's how to make an Apple Rose Tart!






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Apple Rose Tart
Apple rose tarts are certainly eye catching, resembling a pretty bouquet of roses.  They're just as delicious as any apple pie. This one is healthier having been made with an olive oil which is substantially lower in saturated fats than butter.  
Details
Hands on time: Cook time: Yield: 1 large tart, serves 6 - 8 people

Specific Equipment
   1 x 22cm Loose bottomed tart tin.
   Mandolin or Box Grater with slicing facility

Ingredients
For the Pastry
  • 280g Plain Flour (white) + extra for rolling out
  • Pinch Salt
  • 60g Icing Sugar
  • 70ml  Light Olive Oil (or sunflower oil, vegetable oil, rapeseed oil)
  • 5 - 6 tbsp Cold Water
For the Filling
  • 2 medium to large Bramley Apples
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Caster Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 level tbsp Birds Custard Powder
  • 1 - 2 tbsp Ground Almonds
  • 5 or 6 Red Eating Apples (we used Jazz)  
  • 1 Lemon, juice of
  • 1 tbsp Apricot Jam (ideally smooth) slackened with a tsp water.

Method
1. Make the pastry. Place the flour, pinch of salt and icing sugar into a good sized bowl. Use your hand to combine them together.  Pour the oil into the bowl along with 4 tablespoons of water.  Use a knife to cut through the mixture to create a dough.  Add more water as necessary to bring the dough together.  Avoid making the dough wet and sticky.  Shape the pastry into a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap in cling film and allow it to rest for at least 30 minutes.2. Make the apple puree. Peel, core and chop the two bramley apples.  Place into a pan with the sugar, ground cinnamon and 2 tbsp water.  Set the pan on the hob over a moderate heat and allow the apple to cook down.  Stir regularly.  Add a little more water if the mixture becomes dry.  You're aiming for the apple to break down to form a puree.  Pour the apple puree into a bowl and set it aside to cool.3. Roll out the pastry & line the tart tin.  Dust the work surface with flour.  Unwrap the pastry and set onto the floured surface.  Dust the rolling pin with flour. Roll the pastry into a circle about 4mm - 5mm thick.  Hold the tart tin over the pastry to gauge if the pastry is large enough to line the tin.  Roll out a little more as necessary.  Use a rolling pin to lift the pastry and lay it gently over the tart tin.  Gently ease the pastry into the tin.  Avoid stretching the pastry.  Use a pair of clean scissors to trim away the excess pastry (the pastry will be trimmed properly after the blind bake).  Set the lined tart case aside to rest. 4. Preheat the oven  to 180℃ / 350℉ / Gas 4.  Place a baking sheet into the centre of the oven large enough to house your tart tin.5. Blind Bake. Use the tines of a fork to prick the pastry base.  Cut a sheet of grease proof paper large enough to cover the lined tart case.  Scrunch it up.  Open it out.  Gently lay it into the tart case, taking care not to disturb the pastry.  Weight it down with baking beans / uncooked rice  Place the tart tin onto the baking sheet in the oven and blind bake for 10 - 12 minutes.  Remove from the oven.  Remove the baking weights and greaseproof paper.  Use a sharp knife to carefully trim away the excess pastry from the pie's rim.  Set aside to cool.6. Prepare the apples.  Wash the apples.  Fill a good sized bowl with water.  Add the juice of the lemon.  Fill a large pan with water and set it onto the hob over a moderate heat.  Working with one apple at a time, use a sharp knife to cut the apple into quarters.  Remove the core.  Place three of the quarters into the lemon water.  Slice the apple very thinly with a mandolin or the slicing facility on a box grater.  Place the sliced apples into the bowl of water. Continue slicing the remaining apples.  Once the pan of water is warm, though not boiling, transfer a handful of the sliced apples into the water.  Allow them to soften for about 3 minutes.  Use a fish slice, or similar, to remove the cooked apples.  Place them onto a few sheets of kitchen roll.  Spread them out to allow them to cool and dry.  Continue cooking the apples a handful at a time.7. Finish the apple puree.  Place the Bird's custard powder into a cup.  Add a spoonful of water.  Stir together to make a smooth paste.  Add to the cooled apple puree and mix well to combine.8. Assemble the apple rose tart.   Scatter the ground almonds over the par-cooked pastry base.  Top with the apple puree filling.  Use the back of a spoon to spread it out and cover the base of the pastry case. Roll a slice of apple between your thumb & forefinger.  This is the centre of your rose.  Add another slice, continuing the roll and making the rose a little bigger.  Add more apple slices to make the apple roses as large as you like.  Position your apple rose in the tart case skin side up.  Butt it up to the pastry crust for support.  Continue making more apple roses, of varying sizes, and placing them in the tart case. Fill the tart case with apple roses, filling in any gaps with smaller 'roses'. 9. Bake. Place the prepared apple rose tart onto the heated baking tray in the centre of the oven.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the pastry is cooked through.  Remove from the oven.  Use a pastry brush to gently glaze the tart with a little apricot jam.  After 10 minutes remove the pastry tart from the tart tin allowing it to completely cool on a cooling rack.10. Enjoy!  Serve either on its own or with cream.
Notes:
a) Preparing the apple roses is fiddling and time consuming, but the more you make the easier the technique becomes.  b)  You may find it easier to shape the apple roses by laying a line of apple slices (slightly overlapping) on the work bench and then rolling them up on the bench.  I found it easier to roll them between my fingers and thumb.  c) Aim to purchase the reddest eating apples you can find.   d)  The apples need to be sliced very thinly to allow them to be rolled into a rose shape.  It's unlikely you'll achieve this by using a knife to slice them.  We used the slicing facility on a box grater.  e)  Use the mandolin carefully, remember it is very sharp!  f)  If you don't have baking beans available to use, uncooked rice is a great alternative.  It can be used time and time again.  g) Consider using a microwave to cook and soften the eating apples rather than using a pan of water on the hob.  They will need about a minute in a bowl of water in a microwave.







 

 

 

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22 comments:

  1. It looks stunning. You are so clever, they look amazing. It's well worth the time you put into making the roses.

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    1. Aw thankyou Anca, though trust me it was just a little patience rather than being clever :-)
      Angela x

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  2. this is so beautiful Angela - such a clever idea and it looks stunning. This would make a wonderful dessert for mothers day x

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    1. Aw thankyou Jenny :-) Mum got to have a couple of pieces after we made it (so a tad early for Mother's day - though isn't that always the case with blogging!) and she absolutely loved it!
      Angela x

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  3. It's so pretty Angela, what a lovely dish to make for mothers day. Any mum would be bowled over to get this.

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  4. that looks gorgeous - I shudder at the thought of creating all those roses but it looks worth it in the end

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    1. Thankyou Johanna. I have to confess that I almost gave up on the idea when I started to roll the roses - it was just taking what seemed like forever and the effect didn't look all that good. But thankfully I persevered and once some more roses were in position the effect was starting to take shape. It's definitely worth the effort.
      Thanks for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  5. This cake is absolutely fabulous! Starting from the healthier pastry, the lovely low-sugar filling and finally the elaborate decoration, which must have taken quite a bit of time to make but looks simply stunning - I'll bet it was fun to do too:)

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    1. Aw thankyou Monika. I was really pleased with the result - not only aesthetically, it tasted absolutely amazing and you really would have no idea that it was butter free and comparitevely low sugar too. Once I got into a routine of making the roses (having found the technique which worked for me)it definitely was fun to make and see the effect building before my eyes.
      Angela x

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  6. Such a pretty thing to make - in awe of this! might give it a try as i think it would make a lovely gift. But doubtful that it would turn out looking as amazing as yours does. x

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    1. I'm more than sure your apple rose tart would look amazing if you were to give it a go Rebecca, your bakes are always gorgeous. All I'd day is be patient - at first they seem difficult to roll up but you'll soon realise that each rose becomes easier to construct the more that you do. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did
      Angela x

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  7. This is so so beautiful! Your mum is very lucky! That looks like a labour of love! So impressive.

    Betty x
    The Betty Stamp

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    1. Aw thankyou Betty :-) You're right, it was a labour of love! I almost gave up on the idea but then thought better of that realising it was such a waste of ingredients! Once you get into a routine making the roses the tart start to come together quite easily.
      Angela x

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  8. This is seriously clever!! I'm so very impressed...what a fabulous idea and it looks so very pretty!

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    1. Aw thankyou vicki, you're so very kind.
      Angela x

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  9. This looks so pretty Angela! My mum would love something like this for mother's day. She'd be so impressed by those apple roses. In fact, she remembers my dislike of any kind of cooking when I was younger and I think she is still surprised I can actually cook! Thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

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    1. Aw thankyou Corina :-) It's amazing how we can find a love for something which possibly never even interested us when we were younger isnt it. You'll may be have to make one for your mum then, by the sounds of it it'll completely bowl her over!
      Angela x

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  10. Angela, this tart is simply stunning! What a showstopper of a dessert. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

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  11. This is so beautiful Angela! And fab that it's vegan too!

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    1. Aw thankyou Kat, Mum (& me) was really pleased with it when I took it round for her :-)
      Angela x

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