This fun and colourful fruit platter in the style of Captain America's shield has a shortbread biscuit base and is topped with fresh fruit and marshmallows with a white chocolate dip in the centre.
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Belling tasked me to come up with a recipe based on their amazing superhero theme. This is my take on Captain America's famous red, white and blue shield!
Belling has been helping families just like mine and yours to create tasty, nutritious meals since 1912. That's even longer than Steve Rogers has been fighting crime! With all that experience, Belling really understands what busy families want and need from their kitchen appliances.
Fun fruit platter
I love making platters because they are so easy to do yet look really effective. They make amazing centrepieces - perfect for the whole family to enjoy during a movie night or as a sharing dish for a superhero-themed party!
I stuck to red, white and blue for the colour theme, but any fruit you have on hand will work equally as well. Instead of using marshmallows, you could try chopped banana and you can easily swap out the melted white chocolate dip for yoghurt.
Homemade oven-baked shortbread
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The recipe for making shortbread is very easy, it's a basic 1,2,3 ratio that uses 1 part sugar, 2 parts of butter and 3 parts of flour. Hence the reason it's known as 123 shortbread or 321 cookie dough.
The Captain America shield base is made from 62.5g caster sugar, 125g unsalted butter, 250g plain flour and a dash of vanilla extract.
Step One: cream the sugar and butter until it's light, pale and fluffy.
Step Two: Add the flour and vanilla and mix until just combined.
Step Three: Bring the mixture together with your hands and roll the shortbread dough between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick. Place a large dinner plate on top of the rolled out dough and use a sharp knife to cut out a circle.
Step Four: Put the shortbread into the fridge for 30 minutes. This chilling step will prevent the shortbread from spreading in the oven and losing its shape. Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes. The shortbread is baked when it's lightly browned on the edges.
How to assemble the fruit platter
- Select strawberries that are roughly the same size and shape then cut them in half. I used 11 strawberries in total. Arrange the strawberries around the outer edge of the shortbread shield.
- Next, add a row of white marshmallows beside the strawberries. You will need about 20.
- To give the shield depth, add a row of 22 cherries on top of the strawberries.
- A row of 18 raspberries completes the next red band of the shield.
- In the centre, add a star-shaped cookie cutter lined with tin foil (so it doesn't leak!) Fill the star with melted white chocolate for dipping the fruit and shortbread into.
- Fill the gaps between the raspberries and star with a couple of handfuls of blueberries.
Perfect for sharing
The fruit platter can now be cut like a pizza, so everyone can enjoy a piece of shortbread, some delicious fruit and a drizzle of melted white chocolate.
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Captain America Shield Fruit Platter
- 62.5 g caster sugar
- 125 g unsalted butter
- 250 g plain flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 11 strawberries halved
- 20 marshmallows
- 22 cherries
- 18 raspberries
- 2 handfuls blueberries
- 75 g white chocolate melted
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC Fan/Gas 4/350ºF and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- Cream the sugar and butter until light, pale and fluffy.
- Add the flour and vanilla and mix until just combined.
- Bring the dough together with your hands then roll it out between two sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick.
- Use a large dinner plate as a template and score around the outside with a sharp knife to make a circle.
- Chill the shortbread in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Bake in the centre of a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until the edges have turned a light brown. Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to completely cool on the tray before adding the fruit decoration.
- Assemble the fruit shield by adding alternating rows of fruit. Begin with the strawberries, add a row of marshmallows, balance the cherries on top of the strawberries and marshmallows then add the raspberries. Finally, add the star-shaped cookie cutter filled with melted white chocolate into the centre of the shield and fill any gaps with blueberries.