Lots of fabulous food photos flying around various social media channels at this time of year hoping to inspire you and one that caught my eye was the Christmas tree made entirely out of fruit!
It looked so gorgeous, so healthy and such a simple idea that I knew at some point I would have to try it.
With the family visiting at the weekend and a total of 7 children to cater for what could be better than fruit? To make it even more appealing a Christmas tree made out of fruit.
How to make a Christmas fruit tree
You will need:
Time to assemble – about 30 minutes Time to eat – about 10 minutes1 large apple 1 large carrot LOTS of toothpicks 2 punnets of strawberries 1 punnet of mixed coloured seedless grapes 2 punnets of blueberries 4 kiwi 1/2 honeydew melon for the stars Mint or parsley as filler
Cut a flat base on the apple to stand your tree up and cut out the core leaving a hole central to stick your carrot in. This will act as the tree trunk
Insert your toothpicks around the base working upwards and making the toothpicks shorter the higher you get. this is just a fraction of the toothpicks you will need shown in the photo.
Start with the largest fruits and work your way evenly around the tree poking the fruit onto the ends of the toothpicks.
Cut your melon into 1.5 cm slices and with a star cookie cutter cut out one large star for the top of the tree and as many little ones as you can, use the remaining melon in cubes and add to the tree as a filler of gaps and an additional colour.
Add the rest of the fruit, cut the kiwi into thick strips – too thin and it will fall apart.
Finally add mint or parsley leaves to fill in the gaps and push blueberries into any holes where you can still see the carrot.
The assembly will take at least half an hour so if your sister in law pops into the kitchen and asks if she can do anything say yes and pass her the toothpicks and strawberries to get her started Failing that make sure it’s prepared in advance and kept in a cool place.
- Find a way of securing the apple onto the base to prevent it sliding (royal icing?)
- Work with the biggest fruits first and then plug holes with berries and mint/parsley leaves