Sweet Apple Flower
My mum loves apple, she eats one apple at least every morning. She says morning apple is her secret of being healthy and keeping her beauty. But for me the apple was the least favourite fruit when I was a teenager, maybe it’s because of my mum. When I was a kid, there were always apples in the fruit basket and my mum gave me apple all the time and at some point, I was so tired of eating and even looking at it. Since I started living on my own I’ve never bought the apple. But now I am living with my husband who loves the apple as much as my mum. I couldn’t avoid having apples in the kitchen. Also, we have apple trees in the garden of our holiday house so we always have some apples in the cellar even in winter. It seems the apple is my destined fruit. So I decided to face it instead of avoiding it. I can not get away from it!
And the apple is a natural source of sweet seasoning which could replace sugar. And it’s cheap and easy to get from a local farmer or even grow yourself and you can store longer than any other fruits as it is or preserved as jam or compote. And I cook with it instead of sugar or honey which is more sustainable and natural. You will find many recipes which are helped by apples on my recipe list.
There was my mum’s birthday celebration and wanted to make creative sweets for her and came up with this apple flower tart. It was perfect for her, full of natural apple taste with light flavour! Although I presented this only by the picture as she lives in Korea and I am in Austria, too far away. But I will bake again when my parents visit me in Vienna this summer.
Step by Step
A creative way of baking traditional apple pie/tart (Apfelstrudel in Austrian). All the ingredients are same just different process and pretty outcome. Eat beautifully!
- 2-3 apples (depends on the size)
- 1 lemon
- 250 g flour
- 125 g salted butter (for vegan: coconut butter, almond butter with pinch of salt)
- 6 tsp sugar
- 3 tsp cinnamon powder
- icing sugar (for serve)
Let’s make the dough first, pour the flour into a bowl and throw softened butter in cubes and mix them together until they look like breadcrumbs and then add a little bit of water until the dough is getting shaped. When it’s done rest them in the refrigerator for 30mins at least.
Preheat the oven to 375 F (190 C).
Now, prepare the apple, cut in half and remove the seeds and slice them thinly (1-2mm) in half circle shape, put them in a glass bowl and add some lemon juice and water. Mix them gently and microwave them for 3 mins in 600w.
Prepare the dough in long wide rectangular shape (5x20cm) in 6 pieces.
Time for blooming the flower, sprinkle the 1t sugar over the half of longer side of the dough and place the sliced apple and sprinkle 1/2 cinnamon powder on top of it and fold the other half of the dough and roll it nicely. Do the same process 6 times.
Place this raw flowers in the cupcake tin and bake in the oven 40mins.
The flowers made of apple blossom! Serve with icing sugar on top and enjoy the bite of spring.
Behind the Kitchen
Adapted the recipe of ‘Apple cream cheese rose tart’ and traditional Austrian Apfelstrudel.
Tips for Being Green
+ With the leftover sliced apples, you can make them as apple compote and keep it in a jar. You can use it instead of sugar while cooking or company with various foods, such as potato pancake, natural yoghurt and so on.
+ With the leftover dough, you simply add few crushed nuts or chia seeds and make mouthful size and bake it. You have simple and easy biscuits with this leftover dough.