I am a huge Christmas fan, Like absolutely huge. I can’t think of a single thing that I don’t like about it. Actually scratch that, not that I am an adult, I hate, or at least dislike intensely finding a car park for Christmas shopping! But other than that I am pretty much a fan. I love decorating Christmas trees, and being a kid food blogger the logical step for a Christmas Food Post is of course an Edible Christmas Tree!
How to make an edible Christmas tree
I was first inspired by a Cucumber Christmas Tree by Kiddie Foodies whichI had a go at making as my first attempt at making a an Edible Christmas Tree. I think it turned out pretty darn well, but I wanted to put my own stamp on it.
At the dinner table we always talk about broccoli being tress. The kids eat their trees for dinner, because clearly that is so much cooler than actually eating broccoli. My sons favourite veggie is in fact broccoli, and as he was going to be helping with this project, broccoli seemed to be the logical foundation for my Edible Christmas tree!
Video Tutorial: How to make and edible Christmas tree
This video shows step by step how to make an edible tree out of broccoli. It was fun to do, My 4 year old was able to help out, and a slightly older kid might be able to do the whole things as a food related Christmas craft.
Edible Broccoli Christmas Tree
- 1 Head Broccoli
- 10 Cherry Tomatoes
- 1 Yellow pepper/capsicum
- Cheddar cheese
- Using a sharp knife Remove the florets from the broccoli (Reserve the thick 'trunk' of the broccoli, this will be used later
- Slice these florets in half
- Blanch the florets, and plunge into ice water to maintain the bright colour
- Take a long bamboo skewer and thread the florets on to it. Start with the largest first, leaving the smallest ones for last. Once finished you can spin the florets into position so you end up with an evenly covered tree. Ensure you leave space at the top and bottom of the skewer
- Take the "Trunk" that you reserved, trim it, so that it has a stable/flat base.
- Use this as the base of your tree so that it can stand
- Cut a large slice of yellow capsicum and cut out a star for the top of the tree
- Insert toothpicks into the cherry tomatoes
- Decorate your tree, star on the top, tomatoes pushed in amongst the broccoli branches
- Cut cubes of cheddar cheese to be your chrsitmas presents
- Serve with a dip, I use Tzatzki
You will need 1 long bamboo skewer, 10 toothpicks, and a star shaped cookie cutter
This month I have joined up with12 other Kiwi Mummy Bloggers to bring you The 12 Days of Christmas. Each blogger is sharing a Christmas related post.
Check out yesterdays blog from The Motherhood which all about the importance of kindness at Christmas. It was a lovely read.
And I can’t wait to see the Christmas sensory activities for toddlers that Picnics and Playdough comes up with tomorrow.
We are so lucky in New Zealand to have so many amazing bloggers!