Homemade fruity Christmas tree decorations

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Hang these pretty ornaments from your tree and the whole room will smell of Christmas. These also look attractive tied onto presents.

You will need…

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2 oranges

3 apples

small handful cloves

5 cinnamon sticks

thin ribbon, twine or string

To make your decorations…

Heat oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1 and line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment. Slice the oranges and apples very thinly, using a mandolin for the apples, if you have one. Arrange the slices on the trays, then bake for 45 mins-1 hr, turning halfway through cooking, until completely dried out. Leave to cool.

Once cool, stud the oranges with cloves. Thread some ribbon, twine or string through the centres of the orange slices, then tie a knot to secure. Follow with a slice of apple, and another knot, also tying a cinnamon stick to a few of the decorations.

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