It has been a while since our last crafty Friday and I don’t like it, because it is one of my favorite things to blog about. I love crafting, cooking, baking and just doing things together. Since the boys are very involved in crafty Fridays, I would love to post it each and every week. But let’s be realistic, even though a mom can still dream…This year is also a lot busier than planned. We moved into a bigger office and there is a new future “crafty Fridayer” on the way. She will make her grand entrance in the beginning of June and we are more than ready for her. .
But back to our crafty Friday project. We love holidays and celebrations, each and every type. From Mother’s Day to Halloween, Christmas and Easter – we like to celebrate in a special way and try come up with unique details.
I came across a beautiful baking idea from Cooking with Manuela.(I will add the direct link at the end of the post)!
These Apple Rose Cakes are flowers and cake in one and we had to recreate them for Mother’s Day. They are really beautiful, special, delicious and best of all so easy to make. The perfect gift for Mother’s Day or another special celebration.
2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting
I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.
We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest ;)
We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….
In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.
We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.
Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.
We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.
We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)
The cooled roses were dusted with powdered sugar and were all gone the day after Mother’s Day.
Here is our inspiration recipe and a great “how to” video: