The other day as I rummaged through the pineapple bin at the local grocery store, fussing over them as if I were debating on what kind of car to buy, I noticed a little old man picking out a bundle of flowers. He must have sensed me adoring him from afar, for he looked up and we made eye contact. After a moment of pure smiles being shone at one other, he explained that he was buying flowers for his wife. It warmed my heart so much that I could have melted snow with just a glance. His essence was bursting with the epitome of true love as he still sought ways to please his wife after all these years, and mind you, it was not Valentines day. I felt so lucky that I had been mulling over pineapples for so long that I had gotten to engage in such a charming gentleman that I knew that I’d have to turn this pineapple into something truly special. I was in the right place at the right time and he positively made my day from ordinary to extraordinary as he trotted off cane and orchid in hand, exclaiming I too would find true love one day. Oh sir, I believe I have and it is you! Or this pineapple.
So I decided to bake it. No, not in ringlets to don upon pork chops or ham. No, this pineapple was treated with care. It was tenderly peeled, thinly sliced, gently baked and as loving as I hope that wife responded to the flowers, it was adorned upon cupcakes.
These baked pineapple flowers are so loving and peaceful and right in time for the holiday. Whether you bake these little treats up and lay them across a cake or string them across your lovers window (you’ve never heard of edible blind shades? They’re all the rage) you will most definitely make someone fall in love.
Baked Pineapple Flowers
1 sheet pan + parchment paper
1 muffin/cupcake pan
melon baller (or 1/4 teaspoon) and sharp knife
To start, peel pineapple.
Next, using your small melon baller (or in my case I used a 1/4 teaspoon and grapefruit knife) gently scoop out the knots that are left behind after peeling.
This next step requires a decent amount of concentration and love. With a sharp knife, slice the pineapple as close to translucent as possible. The thinner the better because when you’re baking the pineapple, it will allow it curl up and bake evenly. Lay on parchment lined sheet pan.
Bake at a 350 oven for about 7-10 minutes to dry the slices out. The edges will begin to brown.
When done, using a spatula or your hands if you’re feeling daring, gently lift the pineapple off sheet pan and place each slice into a greased muffin tin. Allow the edges to creep up the sides of the muffin tin for it will bake the pineapple slice into a more prominent curled flower shape.
Bake at 350 oven for about 10 minutes or more until desire brownness is acquired. Use them in any way shape or form to your hearts content!