This Christmas tree made of fruit is a fantastic idea for a centre piece for the dinner table if you’re having people over for a party around Christmas time.

Creating this tree can be easy and fun but you definitely need to prepare with the right ingredients and equipment beforehand to avoid frustrations and injury!

You’ll need a large apple, a large zucchini (or cucumber but see the notes), toothpicks and one longer skewer and some fruit that can be shaped into combination of wedge shapes and ball shapes.

Last year when we made this we semi-failed before we started as we didn’t have enough fruit on hand, used kiwifruit that were too ripe and squishy and used a cucumber instead of a zucchini (cucumbers are OK but hard to push tooth picks into so go for large sized zucchini instead). End result was that I cut myself making the darn thing and goodness knows how Dom avoided similar fate.  Plus we actually ran out of fruit so the back of the tree was nearly bare! So this year I was better prepared and have made one already for an early Christmas party and it went much more smoothly!

This is a fun project to do with children.  If you make one let us know how you go and if you’re posting on social media be sure to use the hashtag #domskitchen so we can find you!

Fruit Christmas Tree
 
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Something different for Christmas to make with kids. Fun to make and delicious to eat afterwards. Just be sure to follow our advice on what fruits to use and equipment that's handy.
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Recipe type: Desert
Type of food: Fruit
Serves: 8
What you need:
  • 1 large cucumber or zucchini
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 yellow melon
  • 8-10 large kiwifruit
  • 1 punnet blueberries
  • 2 punnets strawberries
  • 1 large bunch grapes.
What to do...
  1. Start with the apple and skewer the cucumber to the apple so that the cucumber is sticking up like a tree.
  2. Skewer tooth picks all around the "trunk" from top to bottom - be careful with the toothpicks!
  3. You'll need to push the toothpicks in so they are protruding at various distances from "trunk". That way the branches will have variety. About 1 to 3 cm sticking out.
  4. Attach the fruit to the trunk by sliding on the toothpick.
  5. Cut a star from the melon and put on the top (best to have a cookie cutter for this).
Chef Dom's Tips:
1 large cucumber or zucchini (zucchini easier for younger kids, cucumber firmer but harder to use)
1 large apple - with bottom flattened (cut slightly) so will be stable on flat surface.
You only need enough melon for the star so if you prefer just buy a half melon. For the kiwifruit - err on the side of having too many in case some end up being rejects. Its important they're as firm as possible - but of course they need to be ripe! (These are for the "tree" branches and leaves.) Use bigger sized strawberries if you can so they stick out (as "christmas decorations"). For the grapes - it's best to have mix of green, red and purple grapes (these are for the "christmas lights"). We ran out and so used blueberries.

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Dom making the “tree”