Holly Leaves For High Schoolers

Decorating By LJJohnson Updated 3 Dec 2010 , 5:02am by playingwithsugar

LJJohnson Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 7:22pm
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Merry Christmas everyone!

My friend is teaching a world food class in a high school, and she wants her students to make a bouche de noel/yule log. She came to me looking for decorating ideas that would be fairly cheap and easy (be done in an hour during class, but could be made a day or two ahead of decorating).

I had thought about chocolate icing, with holly leaves and berries made of a rolled icing. Does anyone have any ideas of an easy way to make holly leaves?

Any other ideas would be appreciated too!

Thanks,

Laura

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Texas_Rose Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 7:35pm
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Sculpey studio has a holly leaf cutter/veiner set for $10 (or less if you buy it at one of the craft stores with a coupon). It's designed for clay but I use them for fondant. They're easy enough to use that my 8 year old can use them without supervision icon_biggrin.gif

CWR41 Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 7:56pm
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Originally Posted by LJJohnson

Does anyone have any ideas of an easy way to make holly leaves?




The easiest way would be to pipe a leaf with buttercream and pull out some points with a toothpick:
http://www.wilton.com/technique/Holly-Leaf

then add three holly berries near the base of each leaf.

playingwithsugar Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 8:22pm
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Get some plastic holly leaves (dollar store floral stems) and sterilize them with antimicrobial dish soap (Dawn) and hot water. Rinse well. Allow to air dry overnight.

Melt some green candy melts and paint the melted candy on the back of the leaves. Paint them thickly enough for amateurs to handle them without breakage. If necessary, they can be refrigerated for about 15 minutes to cool them down enough to handle. They will be cool and hard in no time.

Make extras, because you know kids will try to sneak them and munch.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

brincess_b Posted 2 Dec 2010 , 8:30pm
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most shops - craft, home supplies, superstores, sell some holly leaf cutters at this time of year, can maybe pick up a couple quite cheaply. but reall,y its not a difficult shape to cut out with a knife - can easily make a template, and vein just by marking with a knife.
xx

cheatize Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 4:52am
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I believe PME has a cutter/ejecter. Roll out fondant, press cutter into fondant, press plunger, remove cutter and done!

playingwithsugar Posted 3 Dec 2010 , 5:02am
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Originally Posted by cheatize

I believe PME has a cutter/ejecter. Roll out fondant, press cutter into fondant, press plunger, remove cutter and done!




I forgot all about that. Good call.

Theresa icon_smile.gif

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