Impress everyone around the table with these delicate blooms that look beautiful and also happen to be completely edible. Made from dried pineapple, these flowers add a fancy finish to any dessert, from Bundt cakes to pies, and they look great on a cocktail too. And they’re not that hard to pull off. To make pineapple flowers, you’ll need a ripe pineapple, a chefs’ knife, a 1/8 teaspoon measure, a muffin pan, and time. Because the pineapple must be cut into very thin (about 1/8-inch thick) slices, it’s important that your knife is very sharp—if you can’t remember the last time you sharpened it, it’s a good idea to sharpen the blade before you begin. Once you’ve sliced the pineapple, blot the fruit with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. The cooking process is done in a low oven, so that the fruit can dry out without burning. Keep an eye on the slices as it gets close to the end of the bake time so that they don’t overbrown or burn. The trick to getting the slices to curve into a flower-like shape is to put the still-warm slices inside the cavities of a 12-cup muffin pan. Shape the petals upward and let them dry at least 8 hours before using.

Pam Lolley

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Cedric Angeles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe Summary

active:
15 mins
rest:
8 hrs
total:
2 hrs
Yield:
1 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 225°F. Cut the top off of pineapple. Using a very sharp knife, remove the rind (you will slice very close to the fruit leaving the eyes/seeds). Using a 1/8 teaspoon measure, scoop out the eyes (you will have little round holes all over the pineapple). Lay pineapple on its side; slice very thin (about 1/8-inch thick) slices. Blot slices dry with paper towels.

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  • Place slices on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Carefully turn slices over, and bake 30 more minutes. Continue to bake in 15-minute increments, turning each time, until slices are dried and beginning to turn golden brown around edges (watch very carefully to prevent over-browning).

  • Remove slices that are done, and place flowers in a 12-cup muffin pan, gently shaping petals so they curve upward. Let dry 8 hours or overnight.