How to Make Pineapple Flowers
Use your oven to perform a little pineapple-slice magic.
Photo By: Matt Armendariz
A Pretty Pineapple Topper
Pineapple is a festive fruit — we like slices on cake, welcome chunks in fruit salad and would even scoop out the inside to hold a cocktail. But sliced thinly and slowly dried in the oven, a pineapple will "bloom" into delicate flowers that look especially cute as garnishes on pina coladas. Here's how to make 'em.
Using a knife, remove the top of the pineapple and a 1/2-inch off the bottom so it sits flat on your cutting board.
Cut the skin off the pineapple from top to bottom in 2-inch strips.
Using a small melon baller or teaspoon, remove all the eyes from the pineapple.
Put the pineapple on its side and slice rounds as thinly as possible.
Put the slices on the baking sheets lined with silicone baking mats or parchment. Bake at 225 degrees F until almost totally dry and lightly golden around the edges, about 3 hours.
Remove from the oven and immediately transfer each flower to a muffin cup, pressing the center to the bottom. Let cool completely, 1 hour.
When cooled, the slightly curled shape and uneven edges mimic the look of petals. Use the pineapple flowers to top pina coladas, cupcakes or other sweet treats.