1 ripe melon
100g green grapes
Fresh apricots or strawberries
Other fruits of your choice
Prep to Cook: Mixing bowl, veg knife, French cooks knife, chopping board, large spoon
Prep: Prep the melon:
Place melon on the chopping board and shave off a wafer of skin to allow the basket to sit without wobbling when it is complete
Imagine putting an elastic band round the melon to mark the cutting line
Take the pointed veg knife because this will only penetrate half way through the melon
Cut following that imaginary line using the point of the veg knife to make a ‘W’ mark
Keep making more ‘W’ cuts as you move round the cutting line
When you reach the first cuts you made you can gently ease the melon apart
Prep the basket and handle:
Scoop out the pips using a large spoon. Select the half you want to be the basket
And scoop out the melon flesh with a spoon and chop if into bite size pieces
Put this into the mixing bowl
Take the other half and put it ‘W’ cut side down on the chopping board
Using the French cooks knife (longer blade) cut the melon across twice to make a handle. Remove the melon flesh and chop it up. Add to mixing bowl.
The remaining melon sections can also have the flesh cut away and diced
You should now have the melon basket bowl, the handle, the flesh chopped up
Prep the other fruits:
Cut the peel from the orange then slice and dice the orange into cubes
Cut the apricots in half, remove the stones and slice the fruit into pieces
Slice the grapes into halves – removing any large pips
Cut any other fruits you want to add into smaller portions
Mix all the fruit in the mixing bowl
Pile it into the melon basket base
Position the handle and decorate the basket with fresh mint or similar
Chill for an hour in the refrigerator
Melon basket is retro and creative and delivers on impact for that special occasion. Make it when melons are in season and enjoy the juicy fresh flavours of mixed fruits.
As you cut the melon in half think to make your knife follow a ‘W’ and then an ‘M’ pattern to get the lovely edge. If you want it easier just cut the melon in half with a straight line. It will still look good. Use cocktail sticks to secure the handle in place if you need to.
Cooks Know How: Using fresh fruits to make great desserts has always been part of a cooks’ repertoire. It can be as skilled as you want it to be. You will use your knife skilfully and need to think about what you are aiming to do. Select your melon carefully. Lift the melon and gently press the ends where the stalk would have been. If is flexes then the melon is ripe if it is rock hard then the melon will be rock hard too. You will notice how ripe the melon is as you cut. You will also see how much juice comes from the fruit flesh. Work on a board so that you can drain the juice into the mixing bowl. You will feel satisfaction from your carving and your fruit basket should look amazing.
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