Summer is the time when fruits are at their peak, and when desserts burst with the flavors of fresh berries, apples and more! We search for ways to develop wonderful baked goods and (absolutely should!) celebrate the abundance of fresh, juicy fruits. And, in the heat of summer, many of us avoid the oven when possible, putting off making many of our favorite desserts. A fresh Fruit bouquet–or kebobs–is the solution! Bursting with all of our favorite flavors, these beautiful creations are as delicious as they are fun to build.
One of the things we love so much about creating our own fruit bouquets is building delicious creations from whatever fruits we have on hand. There are definitely some fruits and berries that perform better than others, simply because they’re so dense or hold their shapes well, particularly when skewered. That said, if you don’t have a fabulous pineapple or mango on hand (or on order from Full Circle), you can substitute other fruits in your bouquets.
To get started with your fruit bouquet, you need a variety of fruits (3-4 minimum), plenty of bamboo skewers, a sharp knife and/or strong cookie cutters or melon ballers. You’ll also most likely want to have some semi-sweet (or dark) chocolate on hand to be melted for dipping. Some prep time is required here, so make sure to budget enough time to cut up your fruit into several shapes and sizes. Grapes and berries, of course, require no cutting but pineapples, mangos and watermelon should be cut up. The more creative the shapes, the more fun you can have with your creations later. So attempt some stars and flowers in addition to rectangles. Additionally, you may wish to consider pre-dipping certain fruits in chocolate–pineapples, strawberries, et cetera–so that the chocolate coating has a few minutes to harden before the fun part begins.
Now you’re almost ready to start skewering. But, before you dive in, think about your goal. Are you looking to create a tray of kebab-style skewers for people to choose from? A beautiful centerpiece or bouquet? Or just something fun to create with your family? If you’re thinking a centerpiece or bouquet, then go big! Short vases, or containers like mason jars, make a great foundation for your bouquets–they offer a supportive way to start displaying your fruit. For these options, don’t make each skewer the same; just like with flower bouquets, you want skewers to have a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Perhaps you only need two pieces of fruit on one stick, while on others you may want 6-plus. For dessert trays, your skewers should be a bit more uniform, with approximately the same amount of fruit on each stick.
Time to Create
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party that Martha Stewart would be proud of or something much more casual like your own family meals, a fruit bouquet is a fun way to go. And the best part is that the whole family can get involved. Kids love helping create–and eat–each delicious, colorful skewer. Plus, depending on the amount of chocolate you ingest, they’re overall a very healthy, oven-free option for desserts or gifts.
About Erin Pennings
Erin Pennings is a life-long (mostly) Alaskan who loves exploring and cooking with her family. She writes about their adventures and fabulous food creations on SalmonAtSeven.com.
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