How to Make Pineapple Flowers

Use your oven to perform a little pineapple-slice magic.

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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.

Step 1

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. 

Step 2

Cut the skin off the pineapple from top to bottom in 2-inch strips.

Step 3

Using a small melon baller or teaspoon, remove all the eyes from the pineapple. 

Step 4

Put the pineapple on its side and slice rounds as thinly as possible. 

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.