I don’t know about you, but I’m still not quite recovered from the excesses of the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s…it seemed the calendar had barely turned over when Valentine’s Day candy started appearing. Not to mention that Easter is fast approaching.
Rather than creating a sweet and sugary treat for my family for Valentine’s Day, I decided we had all had enough cakes and candy. Instead, I decided to make our table centerpiece do double duty and also be edible.
You may have seen or even received an arrangement made from fruit and chocolate and made to look like a flower bouquet. With some cookie cutters and skewers, you can easily make your own!
What you will need: skewers, a container to hold the skewers, chocolate chips, assorted fruit (I used pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, picchu berries, strawberries and blueberries), cookie cutters in assorted shapes and sizes.
With a sharp knife, cut the pineapple and melon into slices about 1/2 inch thick. Use the cookie cutters to cut shapes from the fruit and place them on a plate lined with paper towels. Make sure that the berries have been rinsed and are thoroughly dry.
In a small bowl, melt some of the chocolate chips. I melted mine in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth.
Dip some of the fruit in the chocolate, lay on a plate or tray and refrigerate until firm. Be sure to blot extra moisture from the fruit before dipping it, particularly if you are coating pieces of melon! I recommend leaving the leaves on the strawberries, for aesthetic reasons and also to help hold the berries on the skewers.
When all your fruit pieces have been cut, blotted dry or coated in chocolate, start threading them onto the skewers. I chose a Polish pottery crock to hold the skewers, and it is fairly tall, so I only threaded fruit on the top third of my skewers. When threading firmer fruit onto the skewers, such as the pineapple, use a twisting motion instead of trying to force the skewer through the fruit.
Arrange the skewers in your container. Voila!
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