I remember, as a child, doing a flower arranging activity at primary school. We all had to bring in some flowers from home and arrange them into a pretty bouquet for some charity event or other (I forget exactly what it was for, now). Anyway, I took a pretty little dried flower bouquet in then removed all the flowers so I could do the arrangement myself. Let’s just say, the pretty little arrangement ended up looking a right old mess!
Not too much has changed over the years. While I’m not a bad cook (or baker) my presentation skills are more often than not somewhat lacking. It’s pretty much hit and miss when it comes to my decorating skills. So today I attempted a little fruit sculpture, with this apple swan. Having never done anything like this before, I was not very confident in my ability to carry it off.
That said, I’m quite happy with the finished result. It’s a little wonky, but I think I can get away with that. Next time I have to take a fruit platter to work, I think I may whip out the apple swan to amaze my colleagues!
If you’d like to have a go making your own apple swan here’s how I did it.
You will need:
- A sharp knife (or you could use a blunt one like I did – why do I never sharpen these things? – but I think it would be easier with a sharp one!)
- A chopping board
- A good sized, fairly round apple
- Lemon juice and water (for dipping)
Take the apple and cut through the core at a slight diagonal. Keep two of the seeds aside as you will need them later for the swan’s eyes.
Place the larger half face down between two butter knives which you will use as cutting guides.
Cut into the the apple to the right side of the core until the knife meets the 2 butter knives.
Then using the butter knives as guides to line up your knife, cut the apple from the side, to remove a wedge.
Now cut a wedge from the other side.
Using the cut out wedges, repeat the process 2 more times.
Dip all apple pieces into the lemon and water mixture to keep them from turning brown.
Once you have cut all the body pieces, layer them back together to form the swan’s wings. Cut a narrow rectangle into the swan’s body for the neck to sit in.
Then take the other half of the apple and slice horizontally, using the butter knives as guides.
Take the horizontal slice of apple and make 3 cuts to shape the swan’s head.
Take the apple pips you set aside earlier and push them into the swan’s head, one on either side.
Place the swan’s head into the cut you made in the body.
Voila. You have made a swan sculpture from an apple!
You can find a video on how to make this swan here.
Have a go making your swan sculpture and let me know how you fared. Or if you are a fruit sculpting guru tell us your story in the comments.