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Apple Roses with Sabayon

Pair with: Cream


Cooking time: 1 hour

Apple Roses, essentially a poshed up baked apple served in a puff pastry case, they are an excellent way to create a dish with a bit of wow. And, pairing a sweet spice scented rose with an oloroso (scented) laced cream sherry seems achingly appropriate.



Apple Roses with Sabayon

Preheat the oven to 180C

Core the apples and cut in half. Then, if possible using a mandoline, slice them very thinly to create 'half moon' shapes, about 1/8th inch thick or less

Put the apple slices in a large microwave safe bowl, squeeze over the lemon juice and cover with water

Microwave for 5 minutes till the slices are soft

Drain and dry gently with kitchen paper

Mix together all the spices and the sugar and toss the apple slices in the mixture

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface and cut into 6 equal strips

Coat each slice of pastry with the apricot jam mixed with hot water

Lay the apple slices along one edge of each strip, overlapping slightly and with the cut end of the apple about a third of the way down the pastry

Fold each slice of pastry in half along the long edge, so that the apple slices are neatly tucked in and press down gently.

Roll up each slice to make a 'rose' .  At this stage you can pop them into a pre-greased muffin tin and cover with film and refrigerate if you are making them in advance

When you are ready to bake, pop in the oven for 40-45 minutes.  The edges of the 'roses' should caramelise but if the pastry starts to burn, cover with foil while the roses continue to cook.

Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and sherry till slightly frothy

Place the bowl over a pan of just simmering water, making sure the water doesn't touch the bowl

Wisk for around 4-8 minutes till the mixture becomes  very light and frothy - about 3 times the original volume.  You should be able to make a trail of the mixture with a metal spoon.

Serve the roses in a pool of warm sabayon dusted with a little icing sugar


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Serving and consuming

Cream with food

The ideal temperature at which to serve a Cream is 12ºC. It may also be consumed as an aperitif, or as a cocktail served with ice and a slice of orange.

It is the ideal dessert wine; perfect to accompany fruit (melon, orange) pastries or ice-cream. It can also be paired very well with foie gras and blue cheeses.

  • Always chilled

    Serve chilled, between 10 & 12º C.

  • Not only a dessert wine

    Delicious with pastries and fruit, but also with the foie.

  • Style of Glass

    Serve in a white wine glass, or wide rimmed glass with ice.