Sunday, June 24, 2007

Pineapple-y Deliciousness!

A couple weeks ago, I had dinner with a friend, and we ate at this yummy restaurant with a real chef. I had pineapple upside down cake for dessert. It was soooo good. I have been jonesing for more since then. So, I bought a pineapple and picked up a good recipe from the internet, and voila! It is heavenly.

Here is the recipe:

1/2 medium pineapple, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and cored
3/4 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon dark rum
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tablespoons dark rum for sprinkling over cake

Special equipment: a well-seasoned 10-inch cast-iron skillet. If you lack a cast-iron skillet of this size, make the caramel in a small pot and scrape it into the bottom of a similarly-sized cake pan. (I used a 9″ cake pan in the pictures above.)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Make topping: Cut pineapple crosswise into 3/8-inch-thick pieces. Melt butter in skillet. Add brown sugar and simmer over moderate heat, stirring, 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Arrange pineapple on top of sugar mixture in concentric circles, overlapping pieces slightly.

Make batter: Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then gradually beat in granulated sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and rum. Add half of flour mixture and beat on low speed just until blended. Beat in pineapple juice, then add remaining flour mixture, beating just until blended. (Batter may appear slightly curdled.)

Spoon batter over pineapple topping and spread evenly. Bake cake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Let cake stand in skillet 5 minutes. Invert a plate over skillet and invert cake onto plate (keeping plate and skillet firmly pressed together). Replace any pineapple stuck to bottom of skillet. Sprinkle rum over cake and cool on plate on a rack.


the other lion said...

Mmmmmmm. Wanna come to my house next? I love me some pineapple.

Anonymous said...

I'm jealous. Nothing I cook could ever look that good!

Peggy said...

Yummy! It looks fabulous. Course with my "transitional clothes" :) I'd better not make it, 'cause I'd probably eat it with limited help...all 3 boys here do not like pineapple... said...

I'll tell ya, my pants are getting a little tight. And I still can't stop thinking about pineapple upside down cake. That one is already gone.

Leanne said...

Yum!!!! I wish we lived closer, I'd come help ya eat it next time! Hmmm...I made a pineapple dish a few months ago that was super easy (I come from the '5 ingredient or less' school of cooking - lol) and it was pretty darn yummy too - I'll have to see if I can find it.