so nice i am posting twice.. dried pineapple flowers!!
these pineapple flowers were so nice i am posting them twice.. plus they were fun.. i made them back in april for easter.. that post here.. and i have had such a favorable reception to these little babies i thought i would post them again!!
the idea for pineapple flowers for me came from cruising pinterest one day.. i saw a picture of them and thought that can't be a pineapple.. then when i saw the step by step instructions here.. i realized they are incredibly easy and soo pretty!! her step by step instructions are very good.. so check her site out.. below is how i did mine :)
slice off the top and bottom of your pineapple with a large sharp knife.. cut off the rind.. pop out any of the "eyes" that remain.. i used my veggie peeler..
slice the pineapple very thin.. i used a mandolin.. you want them almost translucent.. also if they only come out 1/2 a circle or a portion missing never fear those ones make the most unique flowers i think.. lay them out on baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper (do not use foil they stick and it's a big ole mess).. bake in a oven preheated to 225 degrees (f) to dry them out slowly..timing will vary.. after about 30 -40 minutes flip them over.. and cook another 30-40 minutes.. check them they might need another hour or more just keep an eye on them.. it's a slow process.. once the slices have "dried" out but still somewhat pliable transfer them to a muffin tin and carefully (they are very delicate) and very gently push into the muffin/cup cake tin so that the edges curve upwards in the shape of a flower.. i turned off my oven then put them back in the oven and let them sit in the muffin tin for another hour in the off oven.. you could alternatively just leave them in the muffin/cup cake tin over night.. now they make great decorations for cakes or cupcakes.. and as luck would have it they delish!!! good luck!!