School is out at the end of the week so if you’re looking for an easy-going, fun activity to do with your spawns pre-christmas look no further! Fruits déguisés− or fancy dressed fruits if you need a literal translation − is a very enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours (okay, I am perhaps being generous, think more like 30-45 minutes…). They are little sweets made with marzipan and dried fruits and nuts which could also make a nice homemade gift.
Growing up in Paris my sisters and I would make these to add to the Christmas Eve menu every year without fail. Think of it as edible play dough but much more fun and delicious! Plus they are technically fruits so it must count as one of your five a day, right?
- Food colouring
- Medjool dates
- Soft prunes
- Walnut halves. You could also use pecan halves, soft apricots…
- Sprinkles, optional
- Edible glitter, strongly suggested!
1. Start by colouring your marzipan by adding a few drops of food colouring and kneading until the colour is completely uniform. You could go for a subtle hue, but if kids are making the sweets you’re probably not after perfection, so go bold, it’s more fun!
2. Once you are happy with your coloured marzipan, cut a little bit off and roll into a small sausage to stuff into one of the dried fruits.
Next, roll a little ball of your coloured marzipan and sandwich in between two walnut halves.
3. Once you have a small collection assembled, decorate the S**t out of your sweets with sprinkles and glitter. Make lots to gift or keep, job done!
Photography: Emma Scott-Child
Thanks to our little helpers Frida, Maiwenn, Winnie, Florence, Raphael and Elliot.