Create an elegant, edible centerpiece modeling one of the most graceful of creatures--the swan. The detail comes from precision and using the most appropriate supplies and tools. For the best results, use a large well-rounded, blemish free, red delicious apple cut with a 6-inch serrated edge paring knife.
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Things you need
- Large red delicious apple
- Cutting board
- Paring knife
- Lemon juice
Place a large, clean red delicious apple upright on a cutting board. Slice 1/4 inch off of one side using a paring knife.
Draw a swan head pattern with pen and paper. Position the pattern over the skin side of the apple slice and cut out a swan head. Discard the remainder of the slice.
Cut wings into the main part of the apple resting on it's flat side. Make a v-shaped cut approximately 1/4-inch wide at it's middle into the top center of the apple running 1-inch long for the back wing.
Use the same wing cutting technique for side wings on the apple. Begin each side wing v-shape approximately 1/4 inch from the closest edge of the back wing's side wall. Create 3 additional separate v-shaped wedges of equal thickness from the first wedge cut for each side wing.
Assemble the side wings by resting and extending each succeeding wedge upon the one below. Mount the head in the top of the back wing wedge and secure with toothpicks. Insert apple seeds or cloves for eyes.
Tips and warnings
- Dip the swan head and each wedge in lemon juice before assembling to prevent discoloration. Wrap swan tightly in plastic without extending the wings, and place in a refrigerator for storage.