Coming to New Zealand has meant a return to childhood memories for me. Unlike Australia Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated on the 5th Nov here as it is in England with firework displays and community celebrations. My boys are of course rapt to have an excuse for fireworks, which being in the capital are in abundance!
I wanted to pay homage to the day so have put together a pancake city with fruit fireworks exploding over it to use either on this day or any other where fireworks are the go.
The design is fun, simple, healthy and versatile as any fruit can be used.
– Pancake (I made a simple batter using wholemeal flour, milk and eggs). You could substitute for a tortilla.
– I used a strawberry, pear, mandarin and some coconut. Any bright fruit would be excellent.
1. Cut the pancake into the rough shape of a city outline. I made the batter thicker than I normally would and it was easy to cut without tearing.
2. I cut out some windows to give the city detail. I used a small, sharp knife and it was relatively easy but a little fiddly.
3. A bright red strawberry cut into strips made my first firework.
4. Then I used strips of a green pear to make another firework.
I cut a little piece of the pear flesh for the inside of the red firework.
5. I sliced a segment of mandarin to make a third firework.
6. Then used the inside of the pear to cut some stars and the strawberry for the rocket.
A little of the outside of the strawberry made the tail of the rocket.
7. I used long strands of desiccated coconut to make light bursts around the pear firework.
And smaller bits of coconut to add to the explosions.
8. A final few bits of coconut around the mandarin and the sky show was bursting with life.
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