A Mothering Sunday Tea Time Treat
Mothering Sunday, which the correct title for Mother’s Day in the UK, is just three days away now – this year the date falls on Sunday the 6th March, and just in time for this special day, I have created the prettiest tarts I’ve seen in a long time. I am an avid Pinterest fan, and about six or seven months ago I saw a pin for some Apple Rose Tarts which intrigued and fascinated me; the pin showed a step-by-step photo how to make these gorgeous little apple tarts, and with a special day looming on the horizon, I decided to make a batch of Apple Rose Tarts for Mother’s Day.
The first thing I noticed was just how few ingredients you need for these “picture perfect” wee pies – all that is needed is a pack of ready-rolled puff pastry, some red skinned apples (I used Pink Lady apples), some apricot jam, ground cinnamon, lemon juice and some icing sugar…..and, after a bit of chopping, rolling and baking, you are rewarded with these pretty little fruit tarts. I also decided to bake these little tarts in my fabulous Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave, on the enamel shelf in the middle position, and they came out perfectly crisp and flaky, as you can see from the photos.
As well as baking these tarts yesterday, I was also in receipt of an early mother’s day present myself, a fabulous selection of The Caravan Trail china and picnic-ware arrived for me, as part of my ongoing partnership with Churchill China and The Caravan Trail as their UK ambassador. This special range is a journey of surprise…..
inspired by her memories of family holidays in the UK, designer Cara recreated nostalgic patterns from caravanning in the 1960’s. Capturing the essence of the Great British countryside with its wild nature walks and colourful market towns, The Caravan Trail was created.
With a mix and match of patchwork prints and an explosion of jolly colours, these products join Cara in her love for all things retro and take us on a trip down memory lane, and I absolutely LOVE the whole range, from my original Penzance dinner set to my most recent arrivals from the new and extended Riviera, Beach Break, Festival and Dorset Day Trip range, if you need anything extra to buy for your mum this year, then take a peep at what is on offer here: The Caravan Trail Shop.
But back today’s recipe for my little Apple Rose Tarts – these can be whipped up in under an hour from start to finish, and as you can see from my accompanying photos, they are so pretty, and would bring a smile to any mother’s face this Mothering Sunday! I served my tarts on The Caravan Trail Beach Break side plates with tea in a matching mug, as well as using the Riviera Polruan salad plates along with a Fowey pattern teapot and cream jug. These Apple Rose Tarts can be frozen at the pre-baked or baked stage, which is handy if you are at work all week, and they can be baked from frozen, allowing an extra 5 minutes or so, or can be re-heated once they have defrosted.
The only important tips for making these tarts is to use VERY red skinned and pigmented apples, so they show a bit of colour after baking and also to make sure that the pastry is re-rolled to make it thinner and therefore crisper on baking. If you are lucky enough to have the same Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave that I have, then I can tell you these tarts baked perfectly on the convection setting at 200C; you can read my review about this amazing oven here: Testing the Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave, and I have two more recipes to share which were specially developed for the oven – Weight Watcher’s Cauliflower Cheese and Bread Rolls. Sadly I won’t be with my mum this Mothering Sunday, so I sent her this recipe instead, so she can bake a batch herself! (But I have ordered flowers and chocolates of course!) Have a wonderful weekend and see you soon with more traveller’s tales, as well as some BRAND NEW original recipes, Karen
Disclaimer: I receive samples regularly from The Caravan Trail free of charge, in exchange for recipe development and promotion on my social media channels. All views and opinions are my own and I choose to share this china on Lavender and Lovage, as it is a unique British designed (and British made in certain cases) company based in Staffordshire. I was not compensated financially for this recipe post.
Disclaimer: I was sent the Panasonic Steam Combination Microwave NN-CS894S for free and in return for an honest and unbiased review; all views and opinions are my own and I was not paid to write this post. I shared this review with my readers as I was very impressed with the performance and ease of use with this combination steam microwave oven.
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