Very Pretty Apple Pie

I found this beautiful cake picture in pinterest one day and saved the blog entry and forgot about it…. until I was back on pinterest and it showed me the same picture again. This time I went and bought the missing ingredients and set about making some apple roses. The blogis is bulgarian but google does quite a good job of translating it. To be honest, you dont really need the translation, you could just make a simple apple pie, make a crust and cut apples in thin slices and shape some flowers, then bake.

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I decided to do it as per Blog with the wine-vanilla cream under the apples and the almond crust.

For the dough
125g soft butter
70g Powdered sugar
1 egg
1 vanilla (I used a cap of vanilla essence instead of real vanilla.)
1 tsp grated orange peel  (I ignored these)
100 g of finely ground almonds
150g flour

For the cream
400 ml milk
100ml white wine  (I used a mixture of water and honey wine instead cause Im not a white wine fan.)
3 egg yolks
1 vanilla
1 tsp grated orange peel  (I ignored these)
6 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons flour

5-6 apples

Make the dough first and cover the tin and place in the fridge while you make the cream and peel the apples.

-Mix the butter with the sugar, vanilla (and orange peel if you’re using it). Add the egg and almonds. Add the flour gradually until you have a ice soft dough.
-Spread the dough in small baking pan 22/24 cm. If its a porcelain dish, spread butter or flour on it so the cake will come out. Or you can cover it with baking paper. (I used a metal dish with removable bottom and covered the bottom with paper and put a small bit f butter along the edges. Put the pan in the refrigerator while preparing the cream.

-For the cream, mix the flour with the sugar, vanilla and orange peel. Add egg yolks and a little milk (i added the vanilla here since it wasn’t a dry ingredient in my recipe). Stir until smooth. Pour in the remaining milk and wine. Boil the cream and let it cool. (Boil on a heat whilst mixing it!! I didnt and burned the bottom of the pan and it ha trouble setting then). Optionally, you can use some instant cream or vanilla pudding (the cream described here is pretty much a home made vanilla pudding).

-Using a vegetable peeler, peel really thin slices of apple. Each slice should have a small edge of peel on it it gives the flowers their petal-ish look after. It took me ages until I figured it out…. 4 apples in and I finally got it!!! I tried taking a decent picture to show the slices, unfortunatley I can’t take fotos while holding an apple and a peeler. Hope you figure it out. You could probably cut the apples into quarters and cut really thin slices using a knife. I dont know if the apple is soft enough then to be twisted into petals. I also found a video where the person cut quaters and then sliced the apple and boiled the the slices in apple juice for ten mins so that they can easily be formed.

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-Pour the cream in to the crust and start making roses. I have no idea how to explain this in words so I hope the pictures speak for themselves. It was trial and error for me too  😉

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