watermelon baby carriage watermelon baby carriage Israeli Kitchen This watermelon baby carriage is the ultimate baby shower crowd-pleaser. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Watermelon baby carriage

Rock your friend’s baby shower buffet with this adorable edible baby carriage.

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  • Yield: Serves 10-15
  • Prep time: 45 minutes

Elaborate fruit and vegetable carvings do an incredible job of stealing the show at any event, easily becoming the main attraction of food buffets. Carved by artists from around the world, these mind-boggling designs take the form of graceful swans, elaborate floral bouquets, underwater ocean scenes and finely detailed logos and portraits.

There’s something exciting about playing with food as a grownup, but even more rewarding, watching wondrous forms take shape from ordinary (or exotic) fruits and vegetables. In this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn how to create an adorable baby carriage from a mini watermelon, complete with wheels, handle and a few special touches.

Once you get comfortable carving shapes out of watermelon rind, a whole new world opens up. You can use your new skill to wow your friends and families and take what could have been a simple fruit platter to a whole new level.

Ingredients

  • 1 small, round, seedless watermelon
  • 1 ripe honeydew
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 1 pound cherries
  • 1 ripe pineapple
  • 1 star fruit
  • 2 kiwis
  • Tools:

  • toothpicks
  • Carving knife (or non-serrated paring knife)
  • v-cut knife
  • large santoku knife

Directions

Wash cherries and strawberries and set aside on paper towel to dry.

Cut pineapple into chunks and set aside.

Peel star fruit carefully with a paring knife, and slice into thick stars.

Follow this video to create a kiwi lotus flower:

https://youtu.be/ruIgt_RBF

Or do the following to create the look shown: Use a v-knife to cut kiwis in half. If you don’t have one of these nifty tools, use a paring knife and make v-shaped cuts across the center of the kiwi, going all the way around, and cutting all the way to the center of the kiwi. Then twist the two halves apart. Set aside.

kiwi star shapesCut flower shapes out of kiwi. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Carriage wheels:

Wash and dry honeydew. Neatly slice off a round end from each side. Slice off two more sides of the melon peel, and then shape it down to the same diameter as the first 2 melon rounds. These honeydew circles will form the wheels of the baby carriage. (Using a round plastic or glass lid can help you create evenly sized wheels and a neat circle – place the lid over the melon peel and score around the edge of the lid.)

honeydew wheelCut the top and bottom off of a honeydew to create wheels. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

If you’re trying for a detailed carriage, carve out spokes in the wheels. Hold a thin carving knife at a slight angle and make cuts starting ½ inch away from the edge of the circle and cutting all the way to the center. Make another cut starting at the same point, just a millimeter away from the first and holding your knife at an opposite angle. Then pop out the thin sliver of peel to form the "spokes." Imagine the wheel as a clock, and if your first cut is at 6, make your next cuts at 12, 3 and 9 o’clock to achieve 4 spokes. You can make more, just space them out evenly.

Carriage:

Wash and dry watermelon. Examine the melon and decide which side will face up. Using a large santoku or butcher’s knife, slice a round piece off of the bottom so the melon sits flush against the board while you carve it and for the display.

With the tip of a carving or paring knife, make an indentation around the front half of the watermelon marking where you will cut out the opening of the carriage (you can make a straight cut, or if you’re feeling bold, do a wave cut as pictured). Do the same thing going across the top half of the watermelon where the top cut will be made. Then slice into the watermelon deeply with a large knife, following the markings.

Remove that section of watermelon and place onto a cutting board. Cut a handle for the carriage from this wedge, using the carriage as a guide for size. Once the handle is shaped, cut off all the red flesh so that only the rind and peel remain.

Scoop out the inside of the watermelon carriage using a knife at first to cut out chunks, and then a spoon to clean out the scraps. Eat scraps, and save chunks for the fruit salad.

Use toothpicks at either end to secure handle onto carriage. Do the same for the wheels of the carriage.

If you have extra watermelon rind, you can cut out block letters and affix those to the carriage to spell out “Congrats” or the name of the baby. Cut off all of the red and white parts on the back of the rind, yielding a piece of rind about ½ inch in depth, to make it easier to carve out letters.

Fill watermelon carriage with chunks of fruit and cherries. Place remaining fruit chunks around basket, using kiwi flowers and star fruit as garnish.

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