A Rose is a Rose is an…..Apple?

APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard


Oh my god. I’m making roses out of apples. And custard! Mother-freakin-CUSTARD!

And the strangest part of all is……I’m prouder than a peacock ’bout it.

I showed Mike about ten times yesterday. “Hey, hey look at these! Did you see what I made today? Look, they’re little roses! Aren’t they pretty? They’re made out of APPLES! Did you even know you could do that? No of course you can’t have one, I have to take more pictures! Why?? To prove that they exist and I made them!”

Yeah, I’m that annoying.

It’s just the season, it gets to me! So many festivities, with all their pomp and circumstance…there should be treats to match! And with me being all married-lady now, I feel this new giddiness about the holidays. The first time we carve pumpkins for our apartment which no trick-or-treaters will ever even visit, the first Thanksgiving with it’s glorious midnight turkey sandwiches, picking out our first Christmas tree and arguing over how to assemble the stand, our first cutesy photo holiday card sent out to our loved ones….all of these new familial moments for us!

Hence, the roses, which we should really get back to talking about.

In practicing for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration at my parent’s house, I’ve begun the recipe testing period. Starting with dessert. My initial thought is to do an entire custard pie topped with roses, and everyone will Oooooh and Ahhhh and it will pretty much just be glorious. Today, however, we baby step into it with some mini versions.

{I filled my little tarts with a cinnamon custard (recipe below), but these would be delicious with almost any combination of tart or pie filling you could think of.}


APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard


For the roses:

4 red eating apples (I used Red Delicious)

4 cups water

2 cups sugar

Bring the water and sugar to a gentle simmer, stirring often until the sugar dissolves.

Rinse, core, and slice the apples in half. Then, using a very sharp knife or a mandoline, thinly slice the apple halves into little crescents. Place the slices in the bath of sugar water over medium-low heat. After about ten minutes they should be softened and a dusty rose color.

Remove them gentle with a slotted spoon and arrange them in lines on a cutting board, as seen below. You want each overlapping slice to overlap the majority of the underlying slice. Each row should be about 8-10 inches long for a good sized rose.

Working from the end of each row, begin to roll the slices together tightly, careful not to tear the apple. At the end, gently pinch the rose together and prop it up on the board! Voila! Ain’t she purdy?!


APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard

APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard

APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard

APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard


For the Cinnamon Custard:

2 large eggs

4 large egg yolks

1 c. sugar

1 c. heavy whipping cream

2 tbsp. corn starch

1 tbsp. ground cinnamon

In a blender, or with a whisk, blend the cream, eggs, yolks, cinnamon and sugar together until frothy. Sprinkle in the corn starch a little at a time and whisk in well, careful not to form clumps.

Blind-bake your pie crust. Once partially baked, pull the crust from the oven and pour in the custard. At 400 degrees, bake for 20 minutes. Keep a very careful eye on the custard past the fifteen minute mark, you don’t want it to puff up! The custard is done when still just a little jiggly in the middle. Set aside to rest until room temperature, then top with your beautiful apple roses! Custard tarts should be refrigerated within 2 hours of removal from the oven.


APPLE ROSE TARTS with cinnamon custard // via hourglassandbloom.com #appleroses #cinnamoncustard


See? Easy, huh? I love easy, delicious, beautiful things, don’t you?

Have you started on your holiday prep yet? Or am I just wayyyyy early to the party?








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