I built my first fruit train for Joe’s “graduation” party from Kinder. Each child gets to have a special day once it’s their turn to go to school (in NZ children go on their birthday so entry to school is staggered). The Kinder rules were that you were able to bring potato chips (crisps) and fruit. Now I was obviously not going to bring chips so wanted to make the fruit into something a little more special for Joe. I hit upon a train with trucks filled with a variety of fruit and it worked magically!
It is such a fun way to present fruit or veg at a party and have everyone excited. The pastry is edible although I find everyone is generally more excited about diving in for their favourite fruit.
When it was International Day at the school last Friday Joe and I decided to make a fruit train and display fruits from around the world using little flags to denote country.
– Healthy pastry (recipe on the website). I added cinnamon and nutmeg to give it a dessert smell and taste.
– Bananas for wheels and engine funnel
– Raisins for dividers between the trucks
– Chopped fruit – whatever is in season
1. Roll out the pastry. It can be a little stiff so a good workout too!
2. I used a “large” mini tin for the front of the engine with a little ceramic bowl at the very front and then a medium mini tin behind to create an engine shape (see methodology below).
Covered with pastry and then baked in the oven for approx. 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
3. I used “medium” mini tins for the trucks and covered with pastry (with the tin upside down).
4. Then cut the pastry to size and squeezed it into shape around the tin.
Then baked in the oven for 20 mins.
5. Once the engine and all the trucks were cooked I washed and chopped the fruit and took it all into the school to set up the train.
I used some old pillowcases so the train was on something clean.
6. And cut the banana once I arrived so it didn’t go brown. I used it for the funnel and wheels.
7. Then I filled the trucks with fruit and put little flags in to show where the fruit is grown.
I added raisins between the trucks as chain links.
8. Joe was of course ridiculously excited and rapt that he could share his train with all his classmates.
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