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Easy Rose Ham/Turkey & Brie Tarts

Roses appear in many fairy tales: Beauty and the Beast and in the stories of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm -- just to name a few. Given their importance in fairy tales (see below), I thought that a Rose Ham & Brie Tart would fit well for Fairy Tale Day (Feb. 26!).

Though they are fancy looking enough for a party, they are really easy to make as a snack or appetizer everyday. There are only 3 ingredients!

I have actually made a lot of rose-shaped foods: dumplings, potatoes, and cookies (links). Haha. :)




Information about the symbolism of roses in Fairy Tales:

"In the Grimms' version of Sleeping Beauty, the main character is named Briar Rose. After she pricks her finger and falls asleep, the castle is covered with a hedge of thorns that, one hundred years later, are only beautiful flowers that magically separate to let the Prince in. Although the flowers aren't named, it's not surprising that later storytellers and artists have assumed them to be roses, such as Edward Coley Burne-Jones:

Shmoop has a page about the symbolism of roses in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales. Roses are featured in the final redemption scenes of many of his tales, such as "The Wild Swans", in which the air is filled with the scent of roses as Elisa's brother finally explains how she sacrificed herself to rid them of their curse. Red roses start magically blooming, with a single white rose on the top of the stake that was to have burned Elisa to death.

In Andersen's tale "The World's Most Beautiful Rose," we are told outright that the rose "symbolizes the highest and purest love." Especially when we look at the colors most often featured, white and red, there is an association with Christian theology, which Andersen was referring to here: the red blood of Christ, which results in white purity.


Roses from "Fairytales and Symbols" on anngadd.co.za

"In earlier versions of Hansel and Gretel, Gretel turns herself into a rose. Snow White pricks herself on a rose and Beauty, in Beauty and the Beast asks her father for a rose. It is a symbol that occurs frequently. A rose is a symbol of the sacred path. A red rose was said to spring from the blood Christ shed on the cross. In other words from his sacrifice came the opportunity through the path he showed, to overcome our karma and find our way to our divine home. Orders such as the Rosicrucians or Rosycross have adopted this symbol as part of their name and teachings.

The rose has thorns that prick our flesh, symbolizing our negative karma in the form of pain and suffering we must endure on our paths to balance and transcendence.

The five sepals, which are green and leaf-like at the top of the stem can be seen to represent the ‘five-fold path’ of the initiate in Western mystery schools and of the Buddha in Eastern mystery schools.

Love, perfection, beauty and the heart are also strongly associated with the rose. Jung saw the rose as representing the integrated self because of the male (thorn) aspect and the female (the seeds and the red petals = menses). Next time then, when you give or receive roses, consider the deeper meaning of their gift."




- Pillsbury Pie Crust

- Ham

- Brie

- Cooking spray

You could substitute turkey for ham. I used ham because it has a nice pink rose color. You could use another cheese in place of brie: gruyere, swiss, mozzarella, gouda, etc.

Supplies: Muffin pan, Cupcake cups



1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.) Put your paper cupcake cups in the muffin pan & spray them with cooking spray.

3.) Tear off some pie crust dough and put it in a cupcake cup (~1/10 of a pie crust dough).

-- It is okay if they are irregularly shaped. It looks better actually.

4.) Cut a chunk of brie (~0.5 oz.) and put it in a pie dough cup.

-- It is okay to leave the rind or you can take it off. It's easier just to cut a chunk off and leave the rind.

5.) Cut 1 piece of ham in half lengthwise (the long ways).

-- You will use about 1 1/2 slices of ham/turkey (to make 3 roses) per tart.

6.) Roll 1 of the 2 halves forward into a spiral / roll and then keep rolling it for the second half-slice.

7.) Cut this roll in half -- now you have 2 roses.

8.) Repeat steps 5-7 until you have enough roses for your tarts: 3 roses per tart.

9.) Bake at 400 degrees for ~15-17 min. or until the pie crust is golden brown.

That's it! Give it a try! We are good at this!

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