Recipe

Merry berry summer fruit wreath

Add an edible edge to a festive favourite with this easy recipe! Fruit, chocolate and berries combine to create this merry berry summer fruit wreath - it's a must for any Christmas spread!

By Sophie Gray
  • 45 mins preparation
  • 24 hrs marinating
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

  • 1 kilogram black grapes
  • 1 kilogram red grapes
  • 3 punnet strawberries, large ones cut in half retaining the stalks
  • 2 pomegranates, each cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 punnet raspberries, stalks intact
  • 1 punnet blueberries or cherries
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 30 centimetre polystyrene wreath, available from craft stores
  • a large serving board, platter or tray
  • lots of toothpicks
  • ready-made milk chocolate or white chocolate ganache, crème chantilly or berry coulis dipping sauce, to serve

Method

  • 1
    Snip the black grapes into small sprays. Whisk the egg white with a fork to loosen it and brush each grape with egg white, then coat with caster sugar. Place on a kitchen towel and leave in a warm dry place for several hours or overnight to dry.
  • 2
    Place the polystyrene wreath on your serving board. Add small sprays of red and crystallised black grapes at intervals around the base of the wreath on the inside and outside, then on the top, securing with toothpicks through the stems as you go.
  • 3
    Next, fill in the gaps using whole or halved strawberries, pieces of pomegranate and any loose grapes, adding the smaller raspberries, blueberries or cherries last. Secure with toothpicks.
  • 4
    Place the dipping sauce in the centre and serve.

Notes

  • Mix and match the berries according to what is available. You could add redcurrants and blackberries if you have them or include chunks of pineapple, kiwifruit or melon. Avoid apple, pear or banana as they discolour quickly. - Replace the cream or ganache with Greek yoghurt for a lighter, healthier option. - PER SERVE Energy 245kcal, 1025kj • Protein 3.3g • Total Fat 0.4g • Saturated Fat 0g • Carbohydrate 52g • Fibre 10g • Sodium 19mg