Sugared Fruit Centerpiece

A stunning Sugared Fruit Centerpiece is guaranteed if you review these helpful hints before beginning.

You can sugar whole pieces of fruit as well as cut pieces. For cut pieces, it's best to use citrus-not fruits that turn brown when exposed to air, like apples and pears. Because cut fruit will be a bit juicy, the sugar may not adhere as well. Dab the cut side with paper towel and let air dry a few hours before brushing with the gelatin mixture and sprinkling with sugar.

Sugared grape clusters become very stiff when dry. So if you would like them to have a little bend when arranging your centerpiece, drape the grapes over an inverted bowl until dry.

If desired, you can sprinkle the fruits with additional sugar before completely dry to achieve a more dramatic effect.

Sugar-coated fruit can be kept at room temperature for up to 24 hours; do not refrigerate.

When arranging the centerpiece, handle fruit as little as possible so that the heat from your hands doesn't dissolve the sugar.