Recipe: Caramel Apple Roses for Your Bachelorette Viewing Party

Author & Photographer: Isabella Sturgis

It’s that time of year again: Bachelorette season. As America’s favorite pastime, this “amazing journey” is more than just twenty-eight guys vying for Becca’s heart—it’s a spectator sport. And as any loyal fan knows, The Bachelorette simply cannot be watched alone. The best part is laughing with friends at Jordan’s most recent monologue and debating whether or not Colton is here for “the right reasons.”

Besides the commentary, another crucial part of the watch party is, of course, the food. Lately, I’ve been looking to take my watch parties to the next level, preferably with an impressive-looking but easy-to-make treat. Enter: Caramel Apple Rose Tarts! Not only are they delicious, but they look like they stepped right out of a Pinterest board. Plus, they are actually way easier to make than you would think, making them perfect for wowing your friends.

So, grab your fellow Bachelorette fanatics and ask—will you accept this rose?

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Ingredients:

  • 2 small red apples, or one large
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry dough (17 oz package), thawed according to directions
  • salted caramel sauce
  • cinnamon sugar
  • episode of The Bachelorette!

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 F; line 6 muffin cups with liners (or generously grease and flour).

2. Halve and core both apples; trim the ends and thinly slice. You’ll have more slices than you need, in case you lose some in the next step.

3. Fill a large microwave-safe bowl with water and add apple slices and lemon juice. Microwave for 2-3 minutes. The slices should be limp enough to bend easily without breaking (so that you can easily roll them to form your roses). If they are still stiff, microwave in 15-second intervals until they soften. THIS IS KEY. Don’t be afraid to throw away/eat the ones that are too thick; that’s why we cut so many extra slices.

4. Drain thoroughly and allow to cool slightly. I found it helpful to pat them dry with a paper towel so they’re not as slippery when rolling the pastry.

5. Unroll your pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to smooth out the creases and flatten the dough slightly. Cut into 6 long strips (keep covered while you work to keep the dough from drying out).

6. Working with one strip at a time, brush about a tablespoon of caramel sauce across the length of the dough.

7. Top with 5-6 apple slices, as shown, leaving some dough uncovered on each end. The slices should overlap slightly and sit so that the tops extend slightly beyond the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.

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8. Start on one end and roll up, not too tightly. Press the end of the dough in to seal, or dab a bit of caramel as glue. Brush off excess flour, if you can. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

9. Set aside some caramel sauce for dipping. Feel free to drizzle on top, too.

10. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!

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