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Rosie Cotton’s Apple Tarts


In Tolkien’s Middle-earth Hobbits loved to eat mid-century British comfort foods, one particular treat being apple tarts, so I wanted to make something I imagine Rosie would have baked for Sam. A play on the her name, these Rose Apple Tarts taste like warm apple cinnamon rolls an easy to make treat for your significant other or impromptu dinner guests.


  • 1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
  • 6 thinly sliced apples
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg white


  1. Thinly slice 6 apples, then cut slices in half. Leave the peel on for rose coloring.
  2. In a medium pot, boil 500 ml of water with 1 cup sugar for 3 minutes to soften apples.
  3. Using a colander, drain liquid and set apples aside to cool.
  4. Take pie dough and layout on a cutting board. Cut dough into 1 large rectangle. Then cut your rectangle  into 1 inch strips.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
  6. In another small bowl, beat egg white until foamy; brush over both sides of pastry strips. Sprinkle the inner side of each strip with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  7. Take your apple slices and lay one over the other onto each strip about 5 slices per strip. Then roll each strip to get your rose and transfer to baking sheet lined with parchment paper or non-stick foil.
  8. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!