Impress your valentine with these easy to make fruit flowers using chocolate, pears, jam and puff pastry.
Yield:8 roses 1x
4 pears, cored and cut into halves
1 sheet puff pastry
¼ cup raspberry jam or preserves
1 tablespoon water
1 ounce dark chocolate
Slice pear halves very thinly with a mandoline or a paring knife. Place pear slices in a microwave-proof bowl and cover with water. Place on high in microwave for 3 minutes to soften pear slices. Remove and drain. Pat pear slices dry.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll puff pastry out into approximately 14 x 14-inch square. Cut lengthwise into 8 even stripes.
Whisk jam with 1 tablespoon of water to thin out. For each rose, brush strip with jam. Lay pear slices on strip about one-third of the way down so half of the slice is peeking out the top. Slightly overlap each slice. Fold up the long side of the pastry strip about halfway to help seal in the pear “petals.” Carefully roll from the short end to the other short end and seal the edge. Place “rose” in muffin pan that’s been coated with cooking spray. Repeat until you have 8 roses.
Bake for about 15 -20 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove pastries from pan and place on cooling rack.
Break up dark chocolate into small pieces. Melt in pan over low heat or in the microwave. Drizzle over top of each rose. Cool slightly then serve.