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mulled wine apple rose tarts

Mulled wine apple rose tarts

apples dyed and flavoured with mulled wine and orange in frangipane
Course Dessert
Cuisine european
Servings 5 small tarts


  • mandolin slicer


  • 1 packet of shortcrust pastry

For the apples

  • 3 or 4 apples firm sweet apples like pink lady
  • 1 and half cups mulled wine shop bought mulled wine (the one i used was quite sweet and low alcohol) from aldi
  • 1/2 cup cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange sliced - used to weigh apples down (grate zest to use in frangipane first if using)
  • 1/3 cup sugar


  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • zest from one orange

To finish

  • cranberry sauce


  • 1. Add mulled wine, cranberries, orange juice and sugar in a pan and simmer until the fruit has broken down. While that is simmering, peel apples and slice very thinly with a mandolin.
    2. Add the apple slices to the hot liquid. simmer for 3/5 minutes, then remove from heat, place orange slices on top to weigh apples down. let cool, cover and place in the fridge for a hour or longer. The longer you leave them the deeper the colour.
    3.Line four mini tart tins with pastry and make leaves with the offcuts. line tarts with baking paper and add baking weights blind bake tarts for 15 minutes . Brush leaves with egg wash and bake until golden.
    4. Make frangipane by creaming the butter and sugar together. Then add the egg and mix again and finally add the vanilla, ground almonds and flour and cinnamon with a pinch of salt then mix. Add zest if using.
    5. Divide between tart shells so you have a thin layer of frangipane in each.
    6. Strain apples
    7. Pat the apples dry and arrange in tart shells like a rose then bake for 20 minutes at 160c fan or 180c 350f.
    8. Add 3 tbsp of cranberry sauce in a pan with a tbsp of water and melt until syrup like then brush the apples to make them shiny and bake for 5 more minutes. place on the pastry leaves.
Keyword apple