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Freaky fruit platter

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • plus chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 12

Tuck into ghoulish grape snakes, apple fangs, lychee eyeballs and more with this freaky fruit platter, sure to tickle and terrify Halloween guests!

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition: Per serving
NutrientUnit
kcal131
fat4g
saturates2g
carbs21g
sugars20g
fibre2g
protein2g
salt0.03g
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Ingredients

For the mummy bananas

  • 70g white chocolate, plus extra for sticking on the eyeballs
  • 3 small bananas, peeled and cut in half crosswise
  • eyeball cake decorations or black writing icing or edible ink pen

For the tangerine pumpkins

  • small piece of celery
  • 6 small tangerines, peeled

For the apple fangs

  • 1 red apple, cored and cut into 6 wedges
  • 2 tbsp nut butter (we used almond)
  • 25g yogurt-coated raisins

For the lychee eyeballs

  • 425g can lychees in juice, drained
  • 150g blueberries
  • eyeball cake decorations or skewers

For the grape snakes

  • 250g black and green grapes
  • short wooden skewers
  • black writing icing or edible ink pen, or eyeball cake decorations

Method

  • STEP 1

    For the mummy bananas, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a small pan of simmering water or in the microwave in 20-second bursts. Cool to room temperature. Put the bananas on a tray lined with baking parchment and drizzle over the chocolate in a criss-cross pattern to make ‘bandages’. Stick on the eyeball decorations or use black icing or an edible ink pen to draw the eyes on the bananas, then chill until set, about 30 mins (they will start to discolour after about 2 hrs).

  • STEP 2

    For the tangerine pumpkins, cut tiny ‘stalks’ from the celery piece and push these into the tops of the tangerines where the segments come together.

  • STEP 3

    For the apple fangs, cut a small wedge from the peel side of the apple wedges to make lips, then fill the ‘mouth’ with the nut butter. Push the raisins into the mouth to look like wonky teeth.

  • STEP 4

    For the lychee eyeballs, stuff each lychee with a blueberry. Stick the eyeball decorations onto the blueberry using some of the melted white chocolate from step 1, or skewer the fruit together. If you like, drop these into a punch bowl.

  • STEP 5

    For the grape snakes, thread alternating green and red grapes onto skewers, then stick on eyeball decorations with white chocolate as in step four.

  • STEP 6

    Arrange the freaky fruits on a large serving platter. Fill gaps with any leftover blueberries and decorate with spooky Halloween figures and decorations, if you like.

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2021

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