Though there is something rewarding and cathartic about baking a finicky, labour-intensive dessert, I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy an easy, though still fancy-looking sweet thing. Apple roses are not only deliciously warm and comforting, but they're just plain pretty, and a cinch to make.
My boy Justin Chapple can walk you through the whole process in the video above, but all you'll need is a few apples, some puff pastry, cinnamon sugar and apricot jam. Slice the apples into thin half-moons, and cut the pastry into 12 even rectangles. Brush on a little jam -- thin it out with water first -- and lay your apple slices on top of the pastry, overlapping them so they look like petals. Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar all over that mess, fold the bottom of the pastry up over the apples, and roll it up into a rose. Put it your fruity flowers in a muffin tin, and bake at 160C for about 45 minutes. Sprinkle on some powdered sugar, and serve to your guests with a just a touch of smugness and a "oh, these took me know time at all!"
How to Make Baked Apple Roses [Mad Genius Tips | Food & Wine]