During Fall celebrations there is an overall theme of gratefulness for what you have been given in the past year, or your harvest. The Cornucopia literally means “Horn of Plenty” and is used as a symbol of abundance and nourishment. For this reason it is filled with fruits and vegetables and it is a common centerpiece during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Although we usually see large Cornucopias at the center of the dining table, we will be making smaller, individual sized cornucopias. These lovely additions to the dinner plate are made from crescent dough sheets and can be stuffed with any berries or nuts you wish. They can be a dessert with cream and berries or even stuffed with sweet potatoes and eaten as a side dish.
- 2 Cans Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheets
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- Berries, Nuts, or Vegetables
- Aluminum Foil
- Non-Stick Cooking Spray
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheets
| Makes about 8 cornucopias.
- Cut the aluminum foil into squares 12 inches in length. Fold in half then form into a cone. Tuck in the extra aluminum foil at the opening of the cone so that it is perfectly round and at a slant. Shape the point of the cone into a horn, twisting it upwards. Set aside.
- On a floured work surface, roll out the dough sheets one at a time. Cut into strips about 1 inch thick. In a small bowl lightly beat the egg and water to make an egg wash.
- Spray the aluminum foil molds with Non-Stick Cooking Spray. Starting at the point, wrap the dough strips around the molds. The strips should slightly overlap each other. When you arrive at the end of one strip, dampen the edge with egg wash, then attach the next strip. Continue wrapping until the whole mold is covered. Place the cornucopias on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Brush the cornucopias with eggs wash. Bake at 375°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden.
- Let cool completely on wire wracks. Carefully remove the aluminum foil from inside the cornucopias. Before serving, fill each with your choice of berries, nuts, or vegetables.
Tip: When you are wrapping the dough strips around the point of the mold, make sure you cover the top completely like shown on the left. If you leave a bit of the aluminum foil sticking out, then you might not be able to take out the mold later. Unfortunately, a couple of my cornucopias broke because of this.