Blooming Flower Apple Pie (Easiest Mini Pie Recipe to Try!)

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Of all the miniature rose-shaped pies roaming around the internet, this recipe combines the simplest method with the tastiest results. And the trick to turning a regular apple pie into a miniaturized version that looks like a rose is simpler than you might think.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

This recipe makes 6 individual mini apple pies.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Things You'll Need

  • 4 gala apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • Optional: Apple corer, pastry brush, and mandoline slicer (while not mandatory, it's helpful to have these!)
(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 1: Core and Slice Apples

You'll need apple slices that are pliable enough to bend, so cooking them for just one minute will help. Core the apples then slice them in a half-moon shape, about 1/16th of an inch thick. To keep them from browning, squeeze the lemon juice into a medium sized sauce pan and place each stack of apple slices in the juice. Gently move them around to coat.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Once all the apples are sliced, add enough water to just cover the slices. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 60 seconds, or until you see the apple slices start to become translucent.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Tip

  • Sprinkle an extra half a teaspoon of cinnamon into the pan as you boil the apples. It'll start infusing the apples with flavor.

Step 2: Combine the Jam and Cinnamon Mixture

Using a microwave-safe dish, heat the butter, cinnamon, brown sugar and jam for about 25 to 30 seconds in the microwave. Stir until a paste forms.

Tip

  • The strawberry jam brings out the red in the "roses'" edges.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 3: Prepare the Dough

Use a rolling pin to flatten out the puff pastry, and then cut into six long strips.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 4: Add the Apples

Brush a layer of the cinnamon mixture onto one strip of dough, then position about 10 of the soft apple slices so they overlap slightly on the edges. Apply another layer of cinnamon mixture on top.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Step 5: Roll up

Carefully holding the apple slices in place, roll up your strip. Place the rolled-up strip in a muffin pan, and then start on the next apple.

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)
(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)

Tip

  • Each rose takes a couple of minutes to assemble but puff pastry works best when it's cool, so store your muffin pan in the fridge in between.

Step 6: Bake for 25 Minutes

Once the pan of rose-shaped pies is ready, bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. The pastry should be flakey and cooked through. Everyone will be impressed with your mini rose-shaped apple pies... and no one will ever guess how easy these are to make!

(Image: Charity Curley Mathews, founder of Foodlets.com)
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