Fancy Way to Cut Apples

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Fancy Way to Cut Apples
Transform apples into decorative garnishes. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can turn a basic, boring apple into a decorative checkerboard-inspired garnish with just a few cuts. Use a fancy apple garnish to enhance a fruit or cheese-and-cracker appetizer tray, or a dessert platter. Cutting an apple into a creative shape is also an ideal way to entice a child to eat the healthy fruit. If you're planning a child's birthday party, cut several apples into whimsical shapes and serve them with a caramel or yoghurt dipping sauce.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towel
  • Paring knife
  • Toothpick

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  1. 1

    Rinse an apple thoroughly with cool water to remove bacteria or pesticide residue. Dry the apple with a paper towel.

  2. 2

    Set the bottom of the apple on a cutting board. Use a sharp paring knife to cut a thick wedge off of the side of the apple, making sure to avoid any core.

  3. 3

    Score the apple peel with three evenly spaced vertical cuts using the paring knife. Next, score the peel with four evenly spaced horizontal cuts, to form equal 1-inch squares.

  4. 4

    Create a red and white checkerboard pattern on the apple's surface by peeling off every other square. Insert the pointed tip of a sharp knife just under the apple's skin and gently pry it up to remove. Use a toothpick to remove any small, leftover bits of peel.

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