Cinnamon Apple Rose Tarts

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We’ve all enjoyed a romantic homemade dinner followed by a mouthwatering dessert we are too full to relish. So, to remedy this tragic circumstance, we are providing you with a light dessert that you’ll definitely have room for. These cinnamon apple rose tarts are beautiful, scrumptious, and, most importantly, easy to make! Serve the tarts à la mode if you want a touch more sweetness. They also make great desserts for a casual dinner party since they are individual and easily portable. For those of you who are gluten free, we incorporated GF options for gluten-containing ingredients!

Servings: 6                Approximate Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
2 apples (Braeburn, Cortland, and Honeycrisp are great options)
1-2 sheets of thawed puff pastry (Gluten Free: Genius brand)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Half a bowl plus 2 tbsp. Water
Flour, any kind if GF, for rolling out dough if sticky
3 tbsp. of preserves, we used apricot
Cinnamon
Powdered sugar (optional), for decoration

Directions:
Thaw puff pastry to room temperature.
Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375°F.
Prepare apples:
Fill a small microwaveable bowl halfway with water and the lemon juice.
Cut apples in half, remove the core, and thinly slice (leave skin on for the red rose color).
Place apple slices in the bowl of water and lemon juice and microwave for about 3 minutes until soft enough to bend but not break.
Drain and pat dry apple slices.
Prepare puff pastry:
Roll out puff pastry, on floured surface if sticky, into a rectangle (about 12 x 9in).
Cut into 6 strips (about 9 x 2 in).
In a microwaveable bowl, mix preserves and 2 tbsp. of water and heat so the mixture is thin enough to spread (about 1 minute).
Spread a thin layer of preserve on each puff pastry strip.

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Arrange apple slices on the puff pastry, overlapping, and with skin side sticking out on top (the apples should cover about half of the top of the strip).
Sprinkle with cinnamon and fold the bottom half of strip up.

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Starting at one end, roll pastry, keeping apples in place, and seal the ends by pressing with your fingers.
Place in greased muffin pan and bake for 40-45 minutes until the puff pastry is cooked throughout.*
Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

*If apples are burning or cooking too quickly, move the pan to a lower rack or loosely cover with aluminum foil for the last 10 minutes

image source: the awesome daily

image source: the awesome daily