Now that summer’s over, I’m really looking forward to cooler nights and heartier food :) A few weeks back when the fruit drawer was overflowing, I made a very basic fruit basket and took it along to a little morning tea.
I had plans to make it a bit more fancy, but I started just an hour before I had to leave, so I had very little time to make it fancy and cut up fruit to place within. Asides from that, my little journey to make this basic fruit basket almost came to an end when I accidentally cut straight through the handle! Some clear sticky tape got that fixed up :)
For a first time, I think I did quite okay, but I plan to make this basket again… but with a fancier touch. My idea was to use a lemon zester (not that I even have one!) to carve out a basket weave on the watermelon, and cut the handle with some curves to make it look like a plait. Hope you stick around ’til then… :D
Yields: one fruit basket able to feed 10+ people ;)
1 medium watermelon
an assortment of fruit, including:
kiwi fruit rockmelon
Begin by placing the watermelon on its side and rolling it to find the most stable position.
Use a whiteboard marker to draw out the handle and ‘rim’ of the basket.
Use a sharp knife to cut these sections out.
Carve out the flesh, starting at the flesh which comes down off the handle.
You can use a mini ice cream scoop to make melon balls to place in the basket; alternatively, cut the remaining watermelon flesh in half, then carve each half by running the knife through the flesh, cutting it into segments.
Use a tablespoon to help cut away the segments from the skin.
Pour out any watermelon juice from the basket.
Continue using a tablespoon to scrape the flesh off the insides to have a clean, smooth finish.
Wash the basket and set aside while you wash and cut all the fruit.
Place the fruit into the melon basket and keep refrigerated until serving time.