Dried Pineapple Flowers
Ever since I first saw dried pineapple slices on Pinterest last year, I promised myself I would make some, to decorate cupcakes (or cocktails!) with. I couldn't believe how beautiful they were, and how much they looked like dried flowers! So anyway, on this sunny Autumn day, I finally got around to it. What I was delighted to find, is that they are so easy to make! Here's how:
Pineapple dried flowers:
1. Preheat fan forced oven to 95 degrees celsius
2. Slice pineapple into very thin slices (as thin as possible)
3. Dry the slices in between 2 pieces of paper towel, pressing gently to remove as much moisture as possible.
4. Arrange the pineapple slices on a cooling rack, and place the rack on a baking tray.
5. Cook for approximately 2.5 hours, or until the slices are fully dried.
6. While the slices are still warm, place each pineapple slice into the inside of a muffin/cupcake tin, to create the shape of the flowers. Allow to dry completely.
While I'm here, I'll also include a link to my favourite cupcake recipe ever. I've been using this Nigella recipe for around 17 or 18 years now (showing my age!) I can't even begin to estimate how many times I've made these. They're a cult favourite in my family, and there's rarely a family gathering where they aren't brought along by either one of my cousins or myself. They're SO easy, and I'm yet to find a cupcake that tastes better, and this includes the infamous Sex and the City cupcake from Magnolia Bakery in NYC! ;)
I promise you won't be disappointed... Click here for the recipe!
ps - for the icing/frosting I use a simple buttercream recipe.