I couldn't wait to post this so here it is...
I sliced all of the outside of the pineapple off-cutting straight down and removing any extra pineapple knots. Then I sliced an extremely thin slice of pineapple and placed it in a muffin tin. The shape of the muffin tin combined with the slice of pineapple that was too big to fit in it, created a curved effect, which creates the petal look. I let them sit in the cupcake pan for a while to let the juice come out a bit, then I took a napkin and removed a large portion of the juice that pooled in the center. Then into the oven they went!
350 degrees F for about 15 minutes and I checked them. In my oven I needed to leave them a bit longer on the top rack, but be very careful or they will fry to a crisp if they are thin. I let them bake until the edges got a bit brown to create a mult-colored look. I LOVE how they turned out. They were easy to remove from the pan and they sat so nicely on an angle on the lemon cream cheese frosting. The middle of the pineapple slice even has little dots on it so it looks like a flower stigma/anthers!
I tried to think of other fruits I could make flowers with. I want to try kiwi and bananas since their centers are so colourful and full of pattern. I will have to use my mini muffin tin to try to curve the edges since the slices will be smaller. I also thought about vegetables. What about a sweet potato? That would be very colourful and you could stack the fruits/veggies up to create a colourful patterned flower. I think I will need to experiment a bit more on this. Hope you enjoy these. They would be adorable bunched in different sizes on a cake and they are very edible. Cheers to my new love for citrus!
Till next time!