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Mr. Fruit Bunny Recipe

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Mr. Fruit Bunny Recipe
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Mr. Fruit Bunny Recipe

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This hare will be a hit with everyone at your spring gathering. "Children especially enjoy it," pens Gail Toepger from Iron Ridge, Wisconsin. "I've taken it to school functions and gotten rave reviews from the youngsters. What I like about it is that it gets little ones to eat fruit instead of candy."—Gail Toepger, Iron Ridge, Wisconsin
MAKES:
12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:
12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 green apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 unpeeled red apples, sliced
  • 4 large firm bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 slices kiwifruit (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 9 seedless green grapes
  • 1 stick black licorice, cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch strips

Directions

Toss apples and bananas with lemon juice. In the center of a large serving platter or 16-in. x 12-in. baking sheet covered with freezer paper, layer green apples in an 8-in. circle to make bunny's head. For eyes, place kiwi slices on top half of head about 1 in. apart. Place cherry in center of face for nose. For each ear, place two whole bananas together with only tips touching. Place red apples in center of ears with peel showing. For bow tie, form a 3-in. circle with oranges centered under head and two 4-in. triangles on each side of circle. Place grapes on oranges to make polka dots. Just before serving cut licorice into seven 3-in. strips and seven 1-1/2-in. strips. place three 3-in. strips on each side of cherry for whiskers. Bend the remaining 3-in. strip into a semicircle and place 1-1/2 in. below nose for mouth. Connect nose to mouth with one 1-1/2-in. strip. For eyelashes, place three 1-1/2-in. strip. For eyelashes, place three 1-1/2-in. strips above each eye. Carefully slice bananas into 1-in. chunks. Yield: 12-16 servings
Originally published as Mr. Fruit Bunny in Country Woman March/April 1997, p31

  • 3 green apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 unpeeled red apples, sliced
  • 4 large firm bananas, peeled
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 slices kiwifruit (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 9 seedless green grapes
  • 1 stick black licorice, cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch strips
  1. Toss apples and bananas with lemon juice. In the center of a large serving platter or 16-in. x 12-in. baking sheet covered with freezer paper, layer green apples in an 8-in. circle to make bunny's head. For eyes, place kiwi slices on top half of head about 1 in. apart. Place cherry in center of face for nose. For each ear, place two whole bananas together with only tips touching. Place red apples in center of ears with peel showing. For bow tie, form a 3-in. circle with oranges centered under head and two 4-in. triangles on each side of circle. Place grapes on oranges to make polka dots. Just before serving cut licorice into seven 3-in. strips and seven 1-1/2-in. strips. place three 3-in. strips on each side of cherry for whiskers. Bend the remaining 3-in. strip into a semicircle and place 1-1/2 in. below nose for mouth. Connect nose to mouth with one 1-1/2-in. strip. For eyelashes, place three 1-1/2-in. strip. For eyelashes, place three 1-1/2-in. strips above each eye. Carefully slice bananas into 1-in. chunks. Yield: 12-16 servings
Originally published as Mr. Fruit Bunny in Country Woman March/April 1997, p31

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Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 18922
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"Mr. Fruit Bunny was perfect for our Easter breakfast with Lemon bread & hard boiled eggs. I used strawberries instead of red apples for the ears. I did not use the lemon juice. Thanks!"

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