I’ve just spent my Christmas break being subjected to endless (slightly off-pitch) renditions of ‘Let It Go’ and ‘For The First Time In Forever’. Yep, our household is firmly in the grip of Frozen fever (and for some inexplicable reason my husband thought it would be a good idea to add the soundtrack to our car-travelling repertoire. What was he thinking?!!!). I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. So, for all you mums and dads out there who have heard ‘Let It Go’ so many times that your brain is literally incapable of letting it go, I bring you this – Olaf, the affable apple snowman. If you can’t beat, I say eat it!
What you will need:
- one large apple
- one dried apricot
- one small piece of fruit leather or roll-up
- at least two pretzels*
- two white chocolate chips
- a chocolate icing writer (you can buy these at Coles or cake shops)
- three currants
- one lemon (to squeeze on the apple to stop it going brown)
- a sharp knife
- canned whipped cream for snow (optional)
*We used the curly kind and just cut off the bits we didn’t need. It’s a bit tricky to break the right bits off without breaking the whole thing so I would recommend having a few backups on hand!
1. For the eyes: Cut the pointy tops off the white chocolate chips so that they sit flat with the bottoms facing up. Use the chocolate icing writer to draw brown blobs on them for the pupils.
2. For the nose: Cut the dried apricot into a triangle sort of shape.
3. For the mouth: Cut the fruit leather/roll-up into a ‘mouth’ shape with a ‘tooth’ cut out at the top.
4. For the arms: Using two curly pretzels, break or cut off pieces to make ‘arms’ with three ‘fingers’ at the end.
5. For the body: Cut the apple into four slices – one for the head shape, one for the top of the body, one for the bottom and one for both of the feet. Squeeze some lemon over the apples to stop them from browning too much.
6. Arrange the facial features on the head, the currants on the body, and pretzels off the top part of the body.
7. Using the chocolate icing writer, give it some strands of hair and some eyebrows.
8. Lastly, spray some canned whip cream on the bottom for ‘snow’.