This has got to be one of my favourite fun food, party centrepieces. I have made many watermelon trains and am still rapt by the enthusiasm by which they are received. This is one I made for Joe’s break-up party at his first Kinder.
These trains are really quite simple to put together and are a great way to get everyone tucking into fruit instead of cake. They are also flexible as aside from the watermelon you can use whichever other fruits are seasonal.
Joe had a family picnic day at his school so I wanted to take a communal dessert and the train seemed the obvious choice, although even I was surprised at how quickly it got demolished. I blinked and there was not a “crumb” left!
– Watermelon (it doesn’t actually take that much. ¼ of a medium sized one is plenty but you can’t use the pre-cut elongated triangular shaped pieces, it must be cut flat)
– I used kiwi fruit for the wheels (any medium sized, circular fruit would work stone fruit, oranges)
– I used pear for the steam dome and cow catcher
– Banana for the funnel (apple, pear, melon also are good)
– I stuffed the carriages with cut plum, pear, blueberries and apricots
– I used blueberries for the carriage dividers (raisins are good too)
1. Cut the front of the train.
2. Then make the back of the engine.
3. Before cutting the carriages (you can of course have as many as you’d like).
4. Then hollow out the carriages ready to carry their load.
5. And add the wheels.
6. I used a pear for the steam duct and the cow catcher at the front.
7. Then filled the carriages with chopped fruit.
8. And made connectors for the engine and carriages from blueberries.
9. Before adding a banana funnel.
10. Chuff chuff time to leave the station ….
It really is as simple as that …
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