Cooking time: 3-4 hours
Preparation time: 20 mins.
Main cooking utensils: 2 baking sheets, wax paper
Oven temperature: 225-250°F
Oven position: center
For 10 servings you will need:
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
little whipped cream
Almond paste fruits:
1. Whip egg whites very stiffly.
2. Gradually beat in half the sugar, then fold in the remainder.
3. Place an 8-inch round of wax paper on one of the baking sheets, cover with meringue, build up sides slightly.
4. Pipe two handles onto wax paper placed on second baking sheet.
5. Dry out for time and temperature given, store in airtight tin until ready to fill.
TO SERVE: Stick the handles together and to the sides of the basket with a little cream. Fill basket with almond paste fruits, hazelnut fudge,brandy pennies and chocolate truffles.
Almond paste fruits: Form almond paste into desired shapes, tint with food colorings – apples green with a clove for based; orange food coloring for oranges; pears a saffron yellow with a clove for base. Sprinkle with sugar.
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