Cook with Us #22 - Apple Roses

in cookwithus •  8 months ago

I have not had a very good week as one of my closest friends currently is on life support and the outlook is not very good.
The reason I'm mentioning it here is that I hope what I'm going to share with you will help someone as this affects many many people today.
My dearest friend has for years been afflicted with clinical depression, on and off, which brought about real scary panic attacks.
I will keep it short and sweet, but as a result of not consulting a specialist, her previous episode lasted 18 months. Only two weeks after seeing a psychiatrist who managed to get her onto the correct medication, she was back to her old cheerful self.
However, those 18 months of panic attacks obviously did major damage to her heart, and this time when the depression and panic attacks returned due to her cutting back on the meds too fast - of her own accord - she suffered a massive heart attack, fortunately whilst in hospital and she was revived, but the prognosis is bad.
Why bring this into my CWU post?
If you know of anyone going through depression, please urge them to see a specialist, take up yoga, learn to meditate, whatever route they want to take - but not to go it alone! There is help all around.
I did a post many months ago about this, here is the link if you wish to read it.

But back to the kitchen and CWU #22 - I find cooking and baking to be great therapy, so a huge shout out to the awesome Cook with Us team - @chefsteve , @pandamama and @offoodandart for Cook with us #22 - Pies and Tarts as pastry is one of my favourite bakes and I really got stuck in this week!

I first made a savoury pie - Asparagus & Leek - but left it in the oven too long and although this tasted fabulous, it was not the desired light golden brown it was meant to be!

Then I started thinking of Apple Pie, my favourite comfort dessert - served with Cream, Custard, thick double cream Greek Yogurt or even Ice Cream.
What do you eat with your Apple Pie?

I have many apple pie recipes -

  • Apple Crumble - a rich sweet Shortcrust Pastry filled with Apples, Cinnamon & Sugar with a crumbly nutty topping
  • Apple Danish Pastry - Puff Pastry filled with Apples, Cinnamon & Sugar and topped with a caramel sauce
  • Apple Butterscotch Tart - Apples baked inside a sponge cake layer and topped with a rich butterscotch sauce
  • German Apple Strudel - an unleavened dough rolled super thin, filled with Apples, Lemon Zest, Raisins & Almonds, sprinkled with....you've guessed right - cinnamon & sugar and rolled up like a Swiss roll.

However, I've decided to make pretty Apple Roses for this challenge.

I've used a feather light flaky pastry made with frozen grated butter, lemon juice, egg yolk & soda water. Strips of pastry gets brushed with melted butter, sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar, thin apple slices placed along pastry, then rolled up, pastry given an egg glaze and baked in muffin pans. Simpler you cannot get, but it is absolutely delicious.

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This recipe requires staple pantry ingredients and is real easy to put together and looks beautiful.

INGREDIENTS:
Pastry

  • 200 gram frozen Butter
  • 500ml Cake Wheat Flour
  • 2ml Salt
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • Soda Water - add to egg yolk & Lemon Juice to make 125ml liquid

Filling

  • 6 Apples - halved & thinly sliced
  • Cinnamon Sugar to taste
  • 100 gram melted Butter
  • 1 whole Egg - beaten
  • Castor Sugar for sprinkling afterwards

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The golden rule with pastry - ingredients must be ice cold

  • Grate Butter into sifted flour & salt
  • Add liquids & mix to a firm pastry dough, flatten into a rectangle
  • Refrigerate overnight - remove from fridge about an hour before use

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Red Apples halved & sliced super thinly across (with peels on), placed into microwave for about 45 seconds so it gets limp - otherwise it will break when rolling up, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.

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Roll pastry out thinly & cut into strips - approx 36 x 6cm - the one in my pic had to be trimmed some more
Brush with melted butter & sprinkle with cinnamon sugar

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Arrange apple slices overlapping on one edge & peeping out of pastry

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Fold over bottom strip of pastry to just cover apple slices, brush with egg wash

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Roll up carefully to make a pretty rose & give pastry an egg wash

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Bake in muffin pans at 160 C fan oven on lower shelf for about 30-40 minutes - pastry has to be cooked right through.
Nothing as ghastly as raw gooey pastry
A light dusting of castor sugar to finish it off.

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Buttery Pastry beautifully cooked underneath with caramelized sugar & cinnamon - no soggy bottom

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Cut in half revealing the apples and nicely cooked pastry

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Beautiful & delicious Apple Roses served on a platter
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And as always for the busy bodies - a quick look at the how-to:
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Hope to see your Pies or Tarts entries here

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Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I've seen those before! :) and yours came out picture perfect

As far as apple pie - i really love it alone! i love to taste the flaky buttery crust, the cinnamony goodness of the apples and that yummy syrup - to die for!!! heheheeh

delish!

as far as your friend - i'm so terribly sorry to hear about all that. Depression is bad enough but then the marks that it leaves behind on the body (not just the mind).... tragedy upon tragedy

Thank you for shining the light on this... I'm sorry for your friend <3

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Thank you for your lovely comments @dreemsteem, you're spot-on with the apple pie and the tragedy of depression!
By the way, we had our apple roses just like that - no cream or anything else! The cinnamon sugar was all caramelised and added to the crispy crust, yummyliscious ;)

Very nice post @lizelle. I absolutely loved the way you’ve crafted the rose out of the apples. Very skilful and very lovely dessert indeed.

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It was a challenge but it's actually real easy @foodforsoul, thanks for your feedback :) Yours was amazing as always!

Those are simply exquisite! I really must find time to try this recipe. There's an apple tree in the garden of the climbing centre I go to absolutely loaded with delicious apples that no one seems to want. They are quite an unusual Scottish variety, quite tart tasting but aromatic, with red flesh as well as skin. I'll have to ask the climbing centre if they can spare a few.
I'm so sorry about your dear friend's suffering. Depression is so difficult to deal with, and the depressed person often refuses help and seems to want to retreat within themselves. But making it clear that you're there for them is, as you say, the best thing you can do. I suspect - and I have absolutely no proof for this - that many heart conditions are connected with emotional sadness and "broken heart" feelings. I wish your friend the best.

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Thank you so much for your great feedback @natubat, I'm sure those will be perfect as the tart tasting apples usually are great for baking, but I've never seen apples with red flesh. Let me know how yours turns out.
My friend is slowly coming off the ventilator so we're hoping and praying she's going to prove the doctors wrong - interesting theory you have, could very well be something in it!
Thanks for your good wishes - I will be writing about her again, and I hope it's going to be continued improvement :)

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I'm praying for a good recovery for your friend.

Those look delicious Lizelle. Sorry to hear about your friend , this week has been really a tough one for some of us folks, one of Mrs. Pappers best friends had a stroke on Thursday, the lady is 39 years old. They don't know the extent of all her damage yet or if she will completely recover.
Our prayers lists just keep getting longer.
Good advice you have given and I read that article when you first posted it, I highly recommend as a must read.

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Thank you for that mr Papper and so sorry to hear about your wife's friend, she's still so young! Same with us, our prayer list gets longer each day, just so many friends that are ill at the moment.
Linda's a real fighter, her BP & heart rate was better yesterday but she's now picked up an infection so is in isolation. The worst is her husband is partially disabled, had a car accident many years ago, not sure what he's going to do if she does not make it. Plus he just lost his Mom a month ago, it's just so tragic!

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When it rains it pours it seems , we just have to keep the prayers and let it run the course.

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Thank you for your encouragement mr Papper!

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Mr Papper, good news! Linda's daughters got to the hospital this morning to see the ventilator out, were told there's been a huge turnaround, her eyes were open and she's fully aware of everything! Got too excited when she saw them & needed the ventilator again, but her prospects are looking tons better, so thankful:) We continue praying for her full recovery!

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That is great news , the power of prayer really does work, no matter what religion it is affiliated with.

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FOR TSE: When I told The Weasel I needed a picture of the apples for our cover, he looked and looked and couldn't find the apples. He thought these were cinnamon buns. Whatever ... they're gorgeous!

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LOL...sorry @catweasel for making you search like that, wish I could have given you both an Apple Rose or two! If you like Apple pie, you would really enjoy this! Such an honour to be on the cover, thank you :)
By the way my friend is slowly improving day by day - a week ago we were all saying our goodbyes, she's truly a miracle!

So sorry to hear about your friend. I remember you talking about her while we were there. Hopefully it works out. It's always so sad to hear how seriously depression can affect a person. Just wish there was more awareness around it. Lots of hugs and love xxx

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Thanks @jusipassetti, it's been a huge shock, and awareness really is much needed which is why I spoke about it here! We're praying for a miracle for Linda, she's a real fighter, doctors did not think she'd make it through Friday night!

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Hi Jusi, Linda's had a major turnaround today, check my response to @pandamama, so thankful! Ouma said she's still going to talk her hubby's ears off :)

Wow @lizelle this is absolutely beautiful! I would say that this is your best work yet! I am very happy that you received some big upvotes too! They are well earned. Also, sorry to hear about your friend's situation. Best of luck.

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Thank you so much @chefsteve, they were delicious too! And such amazingly good news about my friend - there's been a major turnaround in her condition - Friday her family were told to say their goodbyes, they've been saying goodbye all weekend but then since yesterday things started changing, so very thankful, we just keep on praying that she continues getting stronger :) She's a real fighter!

I am so sorry to read that bad news, hopefully recover from that crisis, this makes me think that here in Venezuela we are living through a terrible crisis, which leads us to depression almost without realizing it, I started going to therapy, thanks to God I'm not cured but at least I'm coming out of that depressive state, and that is not easy, to face a patient with cancer, the odyssey of looking for medicines, to overcome the disease and when we thought everything would happen, my husband gave himself to the disease and died, then I lose my job and loneliness overwhelms me, thanks to this network of steemit I have been able to move forward, learning and sharing my ideas with you, Well I return your recipe I congratulate you for your creative roses, they look beautiful and also tasty, thanks for that step by step of the preparation of such an excellent menu simply spectacular, greetings and everything will improve @liselle

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Ah thank you @perlanacarada, so sorry to hear about your situation and good to hear the steemit network is helping you! At least we have access to medicine, can't imagine how difficult it is for you over there. Take care of yourself!

Those are a work of art. I would feel bad just eating them. Nicely done!

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Oh they were delicious @gholsa, can always make new roses again but have to watch the waistline hey! Thanks for stopping by :)

I'm so sorry about your friend. Thanks for sharing her story. I'm hoping she feels better soon and that her story helps others.

Cinnamon, sugar and apples ... what a treat! I agree, we don't want a gooey crust. Yours turned out beautifully, all cooked through. Beautiful rose design too!

Thanks for another delicious and beautiful entry @lizelle! And congrats for being picked up by the whales ... woohoo!

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Thank you so much @offoodandart, my friend is proving to be a real trooper - see my response to @pandamama. The CWU community have been so encouraging as well & the tarts & pies theme really got my mind away from the distress of Linda's ordeal.
Oh & those whales were awesome, a lovely surprise, I'm so thankful for that as well :)

Well done @lizelle - you never disappoint us - amazing recipe and photographs - and thanks for sharing re your friend. Hope to hear all goes well in the end

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Thank you @pandamama, we can just hope and pray now, she's still fighting but now an added worry, her kidneys are failing and she's picked up an infection in ICU.

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Yes, only prayer now for her and for her family @lizelle - once again well done for your support and love

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Thank you @pandamama, Linda's showing her fighting spirit - this morning when her daughters got to the hospital, they were told - 'major turnaround' - the ventilator was out & she was breathing on her own - eyes open & she knew exactly what was going on, but then got too excited so the ventilator had to be reinserted, but so much better. It looks like she's going to be able to tell one heck of a story one day of how she beat the odds & proved the specialists wrong, but we keep on praying for total healing and are really thankful - I'm just so grateful for the support from everyone here :)

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That's a really great news, Lizelle! I pray that healing gets perfected, she will definitely have a beautiful story to tell very soon!

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Thanks for the report back - sorry I'm only seeing this message now @lizelle

First let me say I am sorry to hear about your friend, sending up a few prayers for you and her.
Those roses look absolutely awesome, I was voting for the apple pie until I saw those....
lol, I literally laughed when you said it was such a simple easy dessert. Maybe for a pro like you. They do look awesome and you got some nice shots of them. I think when the girls and I decide for another fresh dessert Sunday, we may try these, I guess I'll have to prep the dough the day before.
Great job and first-class look, I could see these in a high-end restaurant.

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Thank you so much @coinsandschain, but really it is simpler than it looks just make sure the apples are floppy and not crispy when you roll it up, ket ne know how it goes, your girls will enjoy it ;)
Thanks for the good wishes, my friend is actually surprising everyone, her condition is improving every day, very slowly but whereas her family were told to say their goodbyes last Friday, she's now still around and being weaned off the ventilator! Very thankful and hope she recovers fully.

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That's great new @lizelle, may she make a full recovery.

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Thank you!

I hope your friend will get through her depression...

The roses look so lovely that I may not even want to eat it. But it also looks so yummy that make me salivating. I'm thorn between eating and keeping the cute and lovely roses! 😃 How I wish I can also learn how to bake.

Thank you for sharing this.

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Thank you @macoolette - looks like my friend's going to beat the odds, truly thankful!
You can also bake, suggest you buy ready made pastry for starters & just follow the steps!

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That is good to know about your friend.

Yeah, maybe one day I'll get my head to focus on cooking and baking. It looks fun. 😊

@lizelle, I am so very sorry to hear about your friend. I remember the earlier post and it broke my heart then. Certainly will keep you all in my prayers! As for the apple roses, simply divine. I am definitely going to try these, sound so delicious and beautiful too!

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Thank you for your kind comments @birdsinparadise, my friend is still fighting but now has an infection & her kidneys are failing, not good!
But you must try those apple roses, they were absolutely delicious!

You recipe and the endresult looks totally fantastic actually and I would love to try and make this myself.

But apart from that, totally sucks about your friend. Depression is really not something to take lightly and it is a real bugger that is long term and maybe not even ever cured, but just lurking around the corner. As friends we can only be there for the other in the best way as that we can!

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You should try it, so easy and real delicious!
You're so right about depression, I always say to people that it's just like a diabetic who has to use insulin, they really need to take their medication regularly and if they're so against it, use other treatment options, it's not something that can be easily cured, can be controlled though. I found regular meditation to be the best - the technique I learnt was transcendental meditation, a great tool.
Thanks for stopping by :)

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Awesome explanation actually! I am going to try and remember that one, really well described

My friend how are you? I've been a little lost of your blog I'm sorry for losing my fabulous recipes, today apart from this delicious recipe with apple you tell us the story of your friend and give advice for people who go through a strong depression

How is grandma? How are you all at home?

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Thanks Jenni, I've missed you, we're all well, just my friend who's not doing well at all! The Apple Roses distracted me at least :)

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Your kitchen I'm sure it would be a great therapy for me, but definitely the depression should be treated by a specialist before it's too late

I send many kisses and hugs to the grandmother and my friend lizelle

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Thank you Jenni and same right back to you :)

Depression is very dangerous. Sorry to hear about your friend. The 🍎 🌹 are amazing!

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It is, thank you so much for stopping by @starjewel!

That makes my mouth water!! Those look so tasty!

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It was delicious, thanks for your support @apanamamama :)

So sorry to hear about your friend, she is in my thoughts, aas are you this must have been quite a shock for you, good that you having somehting like baking to focus on and relieve stress thats a good thing

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Thank you for your support @tattoodjay, it was a huge shock indeed. My friend's a real fighter though, she's still hanging in there but has now picked up an infection and is in isolation, her kidneys are failing as well, not a good sign.
Those roses were a good distraction.

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A good distraction and they looked so good, will keep you Friend in my thoughts and prayers

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Thank you!

I LOOOOVE these!!! My mom used to make them and they are always super tasty. Yours look wonderful! 💚

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So you know just how delicious these are, definitely making them again! Thanks for stopping by @zen-art :)

Sure, there is always someone willing to offer help. So sorry about your friend, I hope she gets better soon

It looks really tasty, the cinnamon and sugar you sprinkled added an "extra" to the whole recipe, something I would definitely go for. An amazing recipe with incredibly easy steps, plus it's "picture perfect".

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Thank you so much @audreybits, doesn't look good at this stage but she's still fighting!
The apple roses were delicious & real easy to prepare:)

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I pray she fights through this!!

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Thank you @audreybits, check my response to @pandamama, all our prayers have been heard, i think my friend still has lots to do here :)

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Wow, That's just amazing!! I really am happy..

Sorry to hear about your friend and thank you for bringing awareness to depression. Yes, there is always help around. Your apple rosettes are absolutely stunning! The flakey pastry and gooey caramelized cinnamon sugar is a winner! I love the presentation. Awesome job!

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Thank you so much @loveself, it really is so tragic!
You know exactly how to describe food, that caramelized sugar & cinnamon at the base of the pastry was so delicious, appreciate your feedback always :)

While your baking is amazing and beautiful the first part of your post spoke to me a lot stronger. We have a big issue with depression in my country at the moment especially among my age group so I've felt the effects as well. Unfortunately I've lost a few friends over the past decade to it and it is a serious condition. I'll be hoping that your friend recovers well and gets back to where she wants to be.

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Thank you so much for your feedback @niallon11. It is very sad that so many young people suffer from this horrid illness and I'm sorry to hear it's so rife in your country.
My brother was only 26 when he took his life and earlier this year a very special girlfriend of my son ended her life after many previous attempts. For me the saddest part is that those people never reached their full potential and leave behind so many scarred people - I for one always felt I should have done more to help him...etc etc, but we're only human. BUT we should try and encourage them to get professional help.
Looks like my friend is proving the doctors wrong; yesterday her family were told 'a major turnaround' and today she was even better, starting to breathe on her own. Looks like she's going to be able to tell one heck of a story one day, still not out of the woods but things are looking so much better, truly thankful!

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That's great news for your friend, I'm sure that you are delighted. Sorry to hear about your brother as it is a terrible tragedy for anybody to lose their life at such a young age. Unfortunatly the signs aren't always there. We lost one friend this year and they had seemed so happy. They had moved for a new job were living with friends and nobody expected it. Its always a sad time.

Hopefully in the future we can do more for anybody suffering and help them to see the right people. At least your friend is looking more positive so there is something to smile for.

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So sorry to hear about your friend. This is a very difficult time for you. My prayers for your friend. Food has always been a comfort to me. These apple roses look absolutely perfect. I am hungry for one now!

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Thanks @cecicastor, looks like she's going to beat the odds, she's still fighting, they're slowly weaning her off the ventilator, last Friday her family were told to say their goodbyes and this Friday there's hope, truly thankful! We just keep on praying for her.

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She is on my prayer list. That list never seems to get shorter...

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Especially of late, we've had so many people needing prayer!

howdy there lizelle! oh man...this is a thing of beauty. It is literally edible artwork! I could scarf these down all night so I thank you for giving this to us. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and I hope she has a miraculous recovery somehow.
I'm not a baker but I haven't seen "cake wheat flour" before, that is specifically for pastries?
thanks so much!

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Hey @janton, thanks for stopping by - my friend is proving the doctors wrong so far, is slowly coming off the ventilator & is coping so we're really hoping and praying she's going to have a heck of a story to tell one day!
The flour is just ordinary cake flour, that's what it's called here now :)
It was delicious for sure :)

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howdy again lizelle! oh well that is wonderful news about your friend! that sounds very encouraging! She will have quite the story to tell indeed!

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Thank you:)

Hello you did your apple rose very well!!Not everybody can do them:) you have so many variation of the apple pie:D

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Thank you for stopping by @drawmeaship, appreciate your support!

this looks delicious dear friend..
Thanks for sharing this Apple Roses dish...
i will try this..

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Thanks for your support!

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You are welcome friend..
Keep sharing this kind of delicious dishes..
I will wait...

What an excellent post! I decided to look at "FoodPhoto" for the first time ever, and this post was at the top.

It's wonderfully laid out, with clear and precise info, data, and instructions about how to bake. And the photos just help to set our mouths drooling ....

Keep up the great work!

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments, it was delicious!

Looks great @lizelle, and well done on the @curie!

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Thank you so much @slobberchops, @curie was a lovely surprise :)

Oh God!!!!! That looks so delicious that I'm already drooling, lol! 😀😣

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It was really delicious, thanks for stopping by :)

This is a lovely entry to the contest! Stunning visually and I'm sure the apples are quite delicious.

Very sorry to hear about your friend. Sounds like a tough situation, but thank you for bringing it to light as a good reminder to take care of ourselves and help others to do the same. I will send some good energy your way!

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Thank you @plantstoplanks, really appreciate that!

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