Ever heard that old saying ‘An apple a day keeps the Doctor away’? Well my gran believed that and from the age of two untill today I have eaten an apple a day. That means that on a weekly basis I buy seven apples a week.
Now sometimes my mum decided to be helpful and buy me more apples when she notices I need them, offten not realising that I intended to buy them that day as well. Which means I end up with far more apples than I know what to do with.
So how do I use them up? I make apple puff pastry Roses of course.
These are a big hit in my house and in my work that anytime I have too many apples I end up making them. PreviouslI’ve used pre made puff pastry to make these. But this is the first time I’ve made these since I’ve turned to a zero waste lifestyle.
So the pre made puff pastry wasn’t an option.
So this time I made my own puff pastry. Let me tell you that was a fun experience.
I used a recipe from BBC food which is apprently a garden Ramsey recipe.it was very easy to follow and make.
250g strong plain flour
1 tsp fine sea salt
250g butter, at room temperature, but not soft
about 150ml cold water
1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Roughly break the butter in small chunks, add them to the bowl and rub them in loosely. You need to see bits of butter.
2. Make a well in the bowl and pour in about two-thirds of the cold water, mixing until you have a firm rough dough adding extra water if needed. Cover with cling film and leave to rest for 20 mins in the fridge.
3. Turn out onto a lightly floured board, knead gently and form into a smooth rectangle. Roll the dough in one direction only, until 3 times the width, about 20 x 50cm. Keep edges straight and even. Don’t overwork the butter streaks; you should have a marbled effect.
4. Fold the top third down to the centre, then the bottom third up and over that. Give the dough a quarter turn (to the left or right) and roll out again to three times the length. Fold as before, cover with cling film and chill for at least 20 mins before rolling to use.
All of this I was able to get in compost able or recyclable packaging.
For the puff pastry Roses I used this recipe. I
1 red apple
1/4 cup water
Lemon juice from half a lemon
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 cut apple in half and remove core.
2 thinly slice perpendicular to your original cut.
3 mix slices in bowl with water and lemon juice
4 microwave slices for 3 mins (600w)
5 sprinkle some flour onto cutting bored before taking a sheet of pastry and cutting it into 4 stripes
6 spread cream cheese onto each strip and sprinkle sugar ontop.
7 take apple slices and put them on the edge of each stripe over lapping slightly.
8 sprinkle cinemon over everything.
9 fold the pastry over the apple and roll everything up. Put them in muffin tin.
10 bake for 40 mins at 375°F/ 190°c. Sprinkle with sugar and enjoy.
This recipe is enough to to make 4 Roses and i find its a great way to use up my excess apples.
The only thing I didn’t get package free or in none recyclable packaging was the soft cheese. I simple used what my mum had in the fridge. But i would love to find out how to make my own soft cheese and have a go at that.
But there you have it my easy and fun way to use up apples. Let me know if you try it and how you got on.