Cute food: puppy pears
Here's a cute food idea that's guaranteed to make kids smile: transform pear slices into puppy dog faces with a drizzle of chocolate. Perfect for kids that eat with their eyes, or it's an easy way to brighten up a ho-hum day.
Level of difficulty:
Not too tricky, but a steady hand is needed to slice the pears.
To make puppy pears you'll need:
- a sharp knife,
- 25g / 0.8oz melted dark chocolate (this will be plenty to do 1–2 pears),
- piping bag.
Puppy pears - what to do:
- Cut up a whole pear into slices about 0.5cm / 0.2" thick. Keep the scrappy end bits, too, as these make great puppy ears.
- To stop pear slices from going brown, give them a soak in salt solution at this point (see below), if you wish.
- Place onto a tray. Pipe details onto each face—dots or little curves for the eyes, a big nose, a smile and some whisker spots. Put a little pear end scrap onto each face to make an ear (or draw an ear on with chocolate). If you make a mistake and decide to do your face again, no worries! Just let the chocolate harden and use a butter knife to gently scrape it off.
- Delicious eaten as they are, but for extra puppy points, try dipping them in some peanut butter!
To make the salt solution:
Make a salt solution to soak the pears with to stop them from discolouring.
- Dissolve 1 tsp of salt in a little bit of boiling water, then add 500ml / 17 fl oz of cold water.
- Once you’ve finished cutting fruit into their desired shapes, pop them in the solution for around 10 minutes.
- When you’re ready to use them, rinse under fresh water to get rid of any salty taste, then place them on a clean tea towel to dry.