Apple Swan

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So I thought for my first post I would do something simple. This apple swan is one of my daughter’s favorite snacks and requests it often. πŸ™‚ I first learned how to do it during spring break of my culinary class last year because I felt like my plate presentations needed a little more flair. So I watched a bunch of videos regarding fruit carving. This was one of my favorites and proves simple enough to do. Gets easier with practice, I promise!

So what you will need:

An apple
A cutting board
A sharp pairing knife

Simple enough? πŸ˜€

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Make two slices off one side… the skin piece can be eaten, the other slice will be formed into the head.

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The piece on the right is often grabbed by a little hand to be eaten. πŸ™‚ The piece on the left is the head.

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Next we start forming the wings. Try not to cut into the core!

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Make as many wing pieces as you want. I usually do 3. Now that the wings are formed… now comes the trickiest part. Notching out a space for the head to go.

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So, I start by making two vertical slices, then form a wedge by cutting horizontally at the top and bottom of the vertical slices. What makes it a little tricky is getting it so the head will fit. I will often just shave off a piece from the base of the neck, or make the notch in the apple bigger as needed.

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So, here is the swan, with the soon-to-be-eaten extra pieces. They usually don’t last this long into the process. πŸ˜‰ You can see the little piece I shaved off the base of the neck.

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Here is the finished bird with a little homemade almond butter. Yum!

Hope you like it! Have fun!

What was your favorite childhood snack? Let me know in the comments!