The Pineapple Sorbet Surprise
Now, right off the top of your head, what's the first dessert you think of when you hear "pineapple"? Pineapple upside-down cake? Been there, done that. We're looking for something special here, something like Pineapple Sorbet. The magic in this pineapple dessert? It uses the shell of the pineapple as the serving dish and gives it a dramatic presentation.
When Iris and I visited Hawaii, we had the chance to try pineapple sorbet straight from the pineapple shell, under the palm trees, with a soft, salty breeze from the sea. Imagine sitting down with your family after dinner and bringing out a pineapple that has been frozen and filled with delightful, chilled sorbet, and everyone gets a spoonful. It's excitingly tropical and surprisingly straightforward to make. First, you cut the top off a pineapple and scoop out the fruit. You keep the shell, make the pineapple into a sorbet graced with a touch of sugar, and lemon juice, and freeze it right in the source. The result is a refreshing, light ending note to any meal.
Certainly a Caramelised Pineapple Upside-down Cake
Iris always tells me that nostalgia has magic. And nothing screams magic more than a childhood favorite dessert, transformed into a gourmet spectacle. Therefore, I present to you – the Caramelised Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Packed to the brim with caramelised golden sweets - juicy-soft heartwarming pineapple rings.
Amplifying the classic recipe, imagine infused brown sugar caramel with a hint of bay leaves which seeps into the cake while it bakes, adding an extra layer of complexity to the sweet, half-crisp pineapple slice. Round it out with melted butter and an ultra-moist cake with a dash of vanilla flavour and you have yourself a new way of enjoying Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Do not forget the cherry in the middle, of course, it brings a refreshing pop of flavor and color, and as Iris says, the cherry on top makes everything better.
Pina Co Burger
Okay, a burger is not a dessert, but hear me out. It's all about the pineapple ring, grilled to caramelised perfection and tucked between a sweet roll with a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top. Pina Co Burger, anyone? It is a dessert in disguise.
This dessert was an invention during one of my impromptu summer garden barbecues. I had a few pineapple slices left on my grilling station and was about to serve a big tub of vanilla ice cream. A spark of inspiration and a couple of Hawaiian sweet buns later, and we had dessert burgers in the house! The key is to balance flavors. The sweetness of the ice cream cuts through the smoky tartness of the pineapple, making it an instant favorite. Probably not for everyday indulgence, but on those occasional backyard get-togethers, you bet your spatula it's the talk of the party.
Pineapple Puffs Pastry Dreams
Moving on to another exquisite pineapple dessert: Pineapple Puffs Pastry Dreams. This is a breeze to make if you have puff pastry in the freezer, and it's a dessert that looks a lot more complicated than it is — perfect for impressing your guests.
This lovely puff pastry dessert is a fantastic combination of buttery flaky pastry, gentle cream cheese, and caramelized pineapple bits. I recommend dusting the tops with powdered sugar and serving warm - it pairs beautifully with a refreshing cup of tea. Plus, the bite-sized portions mean it’s easy to enjoy more than one (or three)
All-time Classic: Pineapple Tarts
When you think 'sweet,' 'creamy,' and 'crumbly,' pineapple tarts should be on your list. An all-time classic, these tarts are practically synonymous with 'festive.' You see them everywhere during holidays, from Christmas to Chinese New Year, and they never fail to bring a feeling of celebration to the table. I have a soft spot for these tarts, as they remind me of my childhood birthdays, where my mom would always make a batch especially for the occasion.
The process of crafting these tarts is like a labor of love; blending the pineapple jam with just the right amount of sugar, encasing it in fragile pastry shells, and finally baking them golden creates a memorable experience in itself. It is not just about enjoying the end product, but also the journey of making these treats with your loved ones
Refreshing Pineapple Salad
Stepping away from the conventional plate of desserts, let's dive into the realm of refreshing, tangy desserts that balance out all the sweet richness with its punchy flavors. Enter - Pineapple Fruit Salad. And no, green salad is not the only salad available!
A bowl of fresh, radiant fruit salad featuring pineapple as the star ingredient can serve as the perfect summer dessert. Mix chunks of lime-infused pineapple with other tropical fruits like mangoes and kiwis, give it a generous drizzle of honey, a squeeze of fresh lime, and toss with mint leaves for added freshness. The combination of sweet and citric flavors in this salad makes it more refreshing than any sugary dessert. You can also add a scoop of your favorite ice cream or whipped cream for good measure!
How To Make Pineapple Leather
You're probably thinking, "Caspian, did you just say leather?" Well, yes, but hear me out. Pineapple leather isn't just another vegan innovation; it's a wonderful dessert within itself that you can enjoy at your leisure. This snack is a gem that I stumbled upon during a hiking trip to the Sierra Nevadas. It was in a rustic boarding lodge where the hosts introduced me to these delicates.
The process of making pineapple leather involves pureeing fresh pineapple, spreading it thin onto a baking sheet, and then sending it off to the oven for a slow-and-low dehydration session. The outcome is a chewy, naturally sweet, and incredibly flavored treat that you can take with you anywhere. Bonus, kids love it! So, it's a great way to trick them into having their daily dose of fruits.