Delicious wholesome basket of mixed fruit. No added sugar or sweetener
This is a fun dessert to make. Many years ago a colleague of mine told me about her regular contribution to potlucks, a watermelon basket. She described it as easy to make and enjoyed by everyone.
I decided to try it as well. Since then I have made several versions but did not take pictures of them!! The only pictures I found in my collection are these that you see on this page. I have to say that I have created more attrative baskets than this one.
But I will leave it to you to be creative now that you have this prototype. The advantage of this dessert is that no need for sugar or sweetener. The sweetness comes from just the fresh fruits.
Although there is no added sugar of any kind, do check with your physician if this dish is suitable for your health if you are on any special diet. Although fruits have fiber and many nutritive ingredients, they do have a sugar content.
All you have to to create your basket is to use a melon baller to scoop the balls of fruit. Add as much color as possible with a mix of fruits. You can serve it as is or with cream, vegan or regular ice-cream. Especially in summer this makes a delicious yet healthful dessert.
Here is how you construct this dessert.
The basket now filled with balls and slices of fruit
Contents of watermelon balled, leaving shell of watermelon
A view of the basket that has been created
When creating the basket, do be careful not to cut yourself. You will have to outline where you want the middle to be and the handle of your basket. Once you have that marked, carefully slice. You can make the edges fancy with a patterns like zig zags or leave them plain. You can also get creative with the handle
You can make this ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. You may find the balled fruit getting releasing juice, so it is best to add the fruit to the basket when ready to serve. The extra portions can be saved for another time. You do end up with lots of juice as you scoop out the innards to make your basket. You can liquidize the rest of the fruit and enjoy the juice. You may also freeze them in ice trays to enjoy later or just serve the extra fruit in a regular bowl.
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