This is a fun dessert to make because of all the delicious fruit and the way it is presented in a watermelon. I remember when I first made this for one of my husband’s friends youngest son and his wife. He had built our deck for us down by the lake and this dessert was a part of a special meal to thank him for all of his hard work, so that was in 1990… prior to a big family reunion in 1991! Back then I used large watermelons and not baby ones – but this one was perfect for 2 people!
Watermelon Fruit Bowl
- any size watermelon
- variety of fruit such as melons, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, pineapple, kiwi, bananas or any fresh fruit that is in season
- Tang (an orange powdered drink mix)
- good quality honey (I used a lavender honey)
- handy tools – sharp knife, melon baller, serrated spoon (if you make a scalloped edge, smooth out with a vegetable peeler) pretty kitchen towel
- add a rafia bow for an extra special touch
Cut a thin slice from the bottom so it will sit flat, being careful not to cut through the melon. You can also sit it on a towel to carve and to serve. With a pencil or water soluble marker, draw the basket handle at least 1-1/4-inch wide depending on the size of your watermelon. Draw a horizontal line around the watermelon. Being careful, use a sharp knife to cut through your design. Gently lift out the sections.
Scoop out the remaining melon to make a bowl. Save the melon and add it to the salad.
You can wrap your bowl in foil to keep it moist and refrigerate until ready to assemble.
Fill your watermelon one-third of the way with fruit, sprinkle with Tang and drizzle with honey. Repeat layering until your basket is full.
- 2 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
- 1 orange rind, grated
- juice from 1 orange
- 3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup orange breakfast drink (Tang)
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
Blend the above ingredients until creamy. Serve over individual bowls of fruit. the topping is delicious over all this fresh fruit.
Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com
I know the party goers over at Fiesta Friday will appreciate this cute idea and get their minds going on what they could make with a watermelon. Thanks to Angie (host), Quinn and me (co-hosts) for bringing this party to you. Please stop and say hello.
I made a very simple basket but you could scallop the edges, shape the basket differently, leave off the handle, make a whale and use celery stalks for the water spout, design a baby carriage for a shower, the possibilities are endless. You could also score outside of melon in an interesting design.
Another good suggestion is to cut off only 1/3 of the top (especially with large watermelons) and not have a handle, I did that frequently as the kids use to help me. This way you can make the edge any way you want.
How about a jagged edge?
Sweet, orange topping for the fruit.