Trick food: Watermelon Apple Slices
We love a bit of creative trickery when it comes to food, and so do kids. These apple slices are easy to make, you just need a steady hand to slice and decorate them. They're great for birthday parties, surprising afternoon teas or any old time.
What you’ll need:
- Granny Smith apples
- sharp knife
- small pastry brush
- raspberry juice from defrosted raspberries (a spoonful of frozen raspberries should have enough juice to paint 2 apples)
- 1 tsp nigella or black sesame seeds
- Slice apples into wedges. Put them into a salt solution* (see below for instructions) at this point, if you wish, to stop them from browning.
- Dry apple wedges on a clean tea towel.
- Dip a pastry brush (or use a finger) into the raspberry juice and paint onto each apple slice. Leave a little strip of apple close to the apple skin unpainted so that it looks just like a real watermelon! Sometimes you need to do a couple of coats of raspberry juice to make the red really stand out.
- Press a few seeds on each side of the apple slice. Then they’re ready to eat!
*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.