I was craving pineapple the other day, so I hopped on my beach cruiser and rode to my local market to grab one. Luckily, the market was having a serious sale on fresh pineapples– one large pineapple set me back only a mere $2.43! That’s even cheaper than a tin of canned pineapples.
I love enjoying my pineapples fresh, but for baking purposes, I caramelize them in a mixture of brown sugar, butter and vanilla. This is a quick and easy way to transform pineapples into a fancy dish. Top the warm, caramelized slices of pineapple with some vanilla ice cream, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, decadent dessert.
At my bakery, Sugar Blossom Bake Shop, we use these pineapples to top our Pina Colada Cupcakes.
- Slice the pineapple into 1/4-inch thick rings. Use a round cutter to remove the core from each ring.
- Melt butter, brown sugar, and vanilla in a saute pan over medium heat. Add one layer of pineapple rings and cook for 2 minutes in a low boil. Flip over the rings and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more until rings are tender. Length of cooking will depend on how ripe the pineapple is. Transfer to plate to cool. Cook remaining pineapple with same method.
- Store pineapples in refrigerator.