Stop and Smell the Roses: Apple Strudel Roses

Every other week, Nikita heads to the kitchen to test out recipes we think the mang’Oh community will love. As a twist on the usual healthy fare, our recipes are usually sweet treats that incorporate an abundance of fruits, veggies, whole grains and nuts. We believe that “real food” treats eaten in moderation can add some fun and variation to a healthy, plant-based diet. We hope you’ll try them out and let us know what you think!


My aunt made these pastry roses and after seeing how easy they were to make, I decided to try them myself. They are so easy to make and they look great. Perfect bite size snacks/ dessert to add to your dinner parties (they are basically mini, pretty apple strudels).

Cinnamon not only warms the heart but it is packed with anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. This, combined with the high fiber that is found in apples, will make for not only a warm, tasty treat but it will also fight off infections.


2X Red apples
Half a bowl of cold water
Half a lemon
3x Tablespoons apricot jam
1 Tablespoon water
1X puff pastry, thawed 
cinnamon to sprinkle over
sugar to sprinkle over


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius)
  2. Slice the apple into paper thin slices
  3. Put the sliced apple into half a bowl of cold water with the juice of half a lemon
  4. Place the bowl in the microwave for 3 minutes to cook the apple
  5. Take out and drain the water. Leave the apple  to cool down
  6. Put the apricot jam into a bowl with 1 tablespoon of water and place in the microwave for 1 minute
  7. Take the puff pastry out the fridge and lay it on a floured surface
  8. Roll out the pastry (see above picture)
  9. Spread the jam over one side of the pastry
  10. Slice the pastry into 6 slices
  11. Cover the pastry with tinfoil and  place in the fridge for 20 minutes
  12. Place the apple slices across the pastry and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon over the apple (see above picture)
  13. Fold the bottom half up just touching the apple (see above picture)
  14. Roll the pastry up to form the shape of a rose
  15. Place in a greased muffin tin and carry on with the next 5 roses
  16. Put them into the oven for 40 minutes (make sure to keep an eye on the roses as the apple can burn)
  17. Optional: sprinkle with icing sugar
  18. Serve warm/ just out the oven

This recipe was inspired by Cooking with Manuela