Melon Swan Fruit Bowl
REMEMBER the fable about the ugly duckling who turned into an elegant swan? Our kitchen crafters do! They took their cue from that tale to transform a plain melon into this latest “Crafting with Taste” beauty. You can easily do the same. Select a ripe honeydew melon, pull out a sharp kitchen knife and start cutting, following the easy instructions here. Then top the table with this swan server for any kind of festive function—and be prepared for a smile to crop up on everyone’s face!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Total TimePrep/Total Time: 20 min.
Makes1 Melon Swan Fruit Bowl
- 1 large honeydew melon
- 1 pint fresh strawberries
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 medium peach
- Fresh mint (optional)
- Directions: With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice from the bottom of the melon so it sits level.
- Place a sheet of waxed paper over the swan pattern and trace with fine-line permanent marker. Cut out pattern. Place pattern on melon so the base of the swan’s neck is
- at the lower, broader end of melon. Attach pattern to melon with masking tape (see photo 1).
- With a sharp knife, trace over the design outline on the rind (the pattern is for the neck, head and sides of swan; the tail is cut without a pattern). After tracing, reverse the pattern. Lay it
- on the opposite side of the melon with the base of the neck overlapping the traced neck. Trace only the side wing portion of the pattern (see photo 2).
- Mark the ends of the traced lines on each side of the melon with toothpicks. Mark the center of this area with another toothpick. Beginning in the middle and working toward the toothpicks, cut four tall peaks (as shown in photo 3) into the rind to form the tail. Remove the toothpicks after cutting.
- With knife, retrace designs, cutting deeper into melon. Cut and remove unwanted portions of rind in small sections (see photo 4).
- Remove and discard seeds. Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. Cut melon into bite-size pieces. Slice the peach.
- In a large bowl, combine melon, berries and peach slices. Spoon into the swan shell and place on a serving platter. Garnish with
- mint and additional strawberries if desired.
Crafterthoughts This project can be made a day ahead, carefully covered with plastic wrap and stored in the refrigerator. Then, just before you’re ready to place it on the table, uncover and fill with fruit. For a slightly different, more textured look, try carving the swan from a cantaloupe instead. In place of fruit, you can fill your bowl with sherbet or ice cream. Or use the melon as a “vase” and arrange fresh cut flowers inside. Finished size: Melon swan is approximately 7 inches wide x 7 inches high. The size will vary according to the size and shape of the melon you carve.
Originally published as Melon Swan Fruit Bowl in Crafting Traditions July/August 1998
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