Decorating with Apple Roses

Oh the delicious apple crumble.  It is such an adaptable recipe. Sometime you add nuts,  dried berries, and sometimes different spices. You can try different types of apples and different sweeteners. The lists can go on. There are so many things you can do to change this classic recipe.  Here is a way to make your apple crumble look awesome! (Because everything is awesome!)  Start with your favorite apple crumble recipe.

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Prepare the crust in your pan.  Prepare your filling and fill 1/2 – 3/4 full. You want to leave some space at the top of the pan for the apple roses to sit. Prepare 1/2 of the amount of your topping.

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To decorate, pick apples with a nice rosy color. You will probably need about 10 of them depending on the size of the pan you are using. Core them and slice with a mandolin.

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Place the apple slices in hot water until they soften up slightly. This will take about 3-4 minutes depending on how thick they are.  Do not cook the slices too long or they will become a mushy slush. You  can keep the apple cores and make apple cider vinegar with them.

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I realized I didn’t have any pictures of the process of making the flowers as my hands were pretty wet and I didn’t want to touch my camera. I will try to explain.  There are some different techniques make these flowers. You can look them up on the internet. I started by taking out one or two tiny slices of apple and making the center of the flower. Try to roll them as tight as you can. Taking one slice at a time, wrap them around the roll that you made. Alternate the position of the slice to simulate the petals of a rose. I found this quite difficult as the apples started to break.  Keep wrapping with slices until you get a rose about 1-2 inches in diameter.  Each flower can be of different sizes. This will make the roses look organic.  Place the flowers in the pan on top of the crumble filling. Start around the edges and work your way inward.

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Leave a space in the middle of the pan for the crumble topping.  Sprinkle the topping in the middle.

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Follow the baking instructions of your crumble.  As the crumble bakes, the roses will take an antique look and will start to brown.  Impress your friends with this the next time you make an apple crumble!

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For more decorating ideas check out Decorating cuocakes: sailormoon style

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