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Dried apple and orange wreath

Thanks to:
Penny Wilber


  • 10 small red delicious apples
  • 2 med. oranges
  • 10" piece of wire(clothes hanger works well)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • 8" strips of fabric


  1. Slice apples into 1/4" slices.
  2. Mix 2 Tbsp. salt and 1 c lemon juice.
  3. Do not core apples, as it is an attractive and more natural look.
  4. Soak apples in mixture for 3 minutes.
  5. Drain on paper towels.
  6. Place on oven rack at 140 degress for 4 to 5 hours.
  7. Apples should be supple, not brittle.
  8. Remove to cool.
  9. Slice oranges into 1/4" slices.
  10. Skip the lemon juice soak and lay on oven rack for 4 hours or until supple and not brittle.
  11. Remove and cool.
  12. Thread 10 slices of apple on wire, then orange slice.
  13. Take strip of fabric and tie cinnamon sticks to wire.
  14. Continue until all is threaded onto wire.
  15. Shape wire into desired shape, such as circle, heart or apple.
  16. Tie addtional strip of fabric on top of wreath to hang.
  17. Lemons can also be used.


Makes 1 pound, 3 ounces or about 48 berries.
Store at room temperature.
Shirley adds, "I don't always follow this recipe exactly. I have used pecans, but I think I almost prefer walnuts, and instead of rolling the berries in red sugar, I buy an extra box of strawberry gelatin and roll the shaped berries in the dry powder. It adds an extra strawberry flavor (somewhat tart)."

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