Pineapple flowers are such a beautiful addition to any dessert don’t you agree? I made a cake during the weekend that consisted of an Orange cake filled with Pineapple curd, homemade pineapple jam and dried pineapple flowers. Alot of people were loving that cake. I have to admit, I’m in love with this one as well 🙂 This is my first time baking these flowers and I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. You can check out the Pineapple cake I made below that incorporated these Dried Pineapple flowers as decoration. Meanwhile the process of making these beauties are shown below.
1) Slice the head and base of a fresh Pineapple ( This makes about 15 slices). Remove the outer shell and “eyes of a pineapple”
2) Thinly slice the pineapples. You wouldn’t want them too thick as it takes quite some time to dry them up in the oven
3) Pat dry the slices using kitchen towel and arrange them on a rack in the bottom most part of the oven
4) Bake at 100Deg C for 2-3 hrs. ( It depends on how thick a slice you cut. The thinner slices took about 2 hrs while the thicker ons took about 2.5 hrs).
When the flowers are still warm after 2 hrs, remove them from the oven and place them in muffin/ cupcake trays to shape up and dry for awhile ( 1 hr).
These dried Pineapple flowers should curl up beautifully with crispy edges. Decorate the cake with the dried pineapple flowers that you have made. Below is a cake I made for the upcoming Chinese New Year. Hope you guys get cracking and making your own.
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