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How to make a gorgeous apple roses pie — it's easier than it looks

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You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make

Your guests may declare that dessert should come first when they lay their eyes on this gorgeous no-bake cheese pie.

This Thanksgiving dessert is almost too pretty to eat — almost, because no matter how pretty it is, guests will form a line to get a piece of this pie at Thanksgiving. My favorite kind of pies are those with graham cracker crust and a light cream cheese filling, just like this one. To make this pie, you will need a scalloped-edge, removable-bottom, 9-inch tart pan.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
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Not only does this pie taste amazingly wonderful, but it looks even more beautiful. And the good news is, no baking is required, not even for the crust.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

First, mix up graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. In a tart or quiche pan with a removable bottom, pat the mixture down to form a crust on the bottom of the pan and on the sides. When forming the crust up the sides, stop about 1/2 inch below the top of the pan. That should help keep the crust intact, particularly when cutting serving-size pieces.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Add the cream cheese pie filling to the crust up to about 1/2 inch from the top. Smooth out the cream cheese filling with a spatula.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Next come the apples. It's best if the apples are made into roses just before serving so they don't turn brown. I tried McIntosh, Gala and Red Delicious apples for this recipe, and found that the Red Delicious and Gala apples did the best. The McIntosh apples tended to be too mushy when sliced and put into water.

Starting with one apple at a time, cut an apple in half, then cut it again to make a quarter section, and cut off the core. Carefully slice each quarter piece of apple lengthwise, on a diagonal cut (shows more color) that is about 1/4 inch wide. Make about 20 of the cuts a bit more on the thin side (these will be for the rosebuds). Put the apple slices in a microwave-safe bowl of water that has fresh lemon juice in it.

Warm the bowl of apple slices in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds (the water should have small bubbles in it). This amount of time may vary depending on the microwave. Be careful when removing the bowl from the microwave, because it will be very hot.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Lay a paper towel on a plate, and remove one of the thinly cut apple slices (being careful because the water will be hot). Lay the sliced apple on the paper towel, and dab it dry. Roll up the apple slice tightly to form the rosebud.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Lay the rosebud on the top of the pie.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Then take one of the smaller slices of apple, and form a rose petal on top of the pie.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Continue to add rose petals around the bud.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Set the rose petals slightly upright when reaching the outer leaves.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Add water to peach preserves, and it brush over the roses to help keep the apples from turning brown. I happened to have orange marmalade on hand, so I used that (minus the orange peel, of course).

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Continue to add various sizes of roses on top of the pie, and include little buds to fill in the blank areas.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Before you know it, you'll have this masterpiece of a pie just ready and waiting to be cut into.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

It makes such a pretty pie that it won't last long at all.

You'll be surprised how easy this impressive-looking pie is to make
Image: Nancy Foster/SheKnows

Apple roses cheese pie recipe

Adapted from apple walnut tart with maple custard by Baking a Moment

Serves 8

Prep time: 55 minutes | Cook time: 5 minutes | Inactive time: 1-1/2 hours | Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the crust

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar- and cinnamon-coated graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
For the pie
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 dashes cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups Cool Whip topping
  • 4 medium-size apples
  • 2 lemons, juiced (for the apple water bath)
  • Water (for the apple water bath)
  • 1/4 cup peach jam or preserves
  • 2 tablespoons water (for the preserves)

Directions:

For the crust

  1. To a medium-size bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Mix together until the butter is incorporated with the crumbs and sugar.
  2. Add the graham cracker mixture to a scalloped tart pan with a removable bottom.
  3. Form the sides and bottom of the graham cracker crust. Let sit in the refrigerator for 1-1/2 hours.
For the pie
  1. To a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, sugar and cinnamon. Stir together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add to the tart. Smooth the top with a spatula.
  3. Starting with 1 apple at a time, cut an apple in half, then cut it again to make a quarter section, and cut off the core. Carefully slice each quarter piece of apple on a diagonal cut (shows more color) that is about 1/4 inch wide. Make about 12 of the cuts a bit more on the thin side (these will be for the rosebuds). Put the apple slices in a microwave-safe bowl of water that has fresh lemon juice in it.
  4. Warm the bowl of apple slices in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds (the water should have small bubbles in it). This amount of time may vary depending on the microwave. Be careful when removing the bowl from the microwave, because it will be very hot.
  5. Lay a paper towel on a plate, and remove 1 of the thinly cut apple slices (being careful because the water will be hot). Lay the sliced apple on the paper towel, and dab it dry. Roll up the apple slice tightly to form the rosebud.
  6. Lay the rosebud on the top of the pie.
  7. Then take 1 of the smaller slices, and form a rose petal on top of the pie. Continue to add rose petals around the bud.
  8. Set the rose petals slightly upright when reaching the outer leaves. Add water to peach preserves, and brush the mixture over the roses to help keep the apples white.
  9. Continue to add various sizes of roses on top of the pie, and include little buds to fill in the blank areas.

More fun apple recipes

Bite-size caramel apples
Apple pie cupcakes
Caramel apple pie margarita

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