During the pandemic, I am taking taste-bud journeys as I self-isolate rather than physical journeys. Here is my adapted recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. It was inspired by Chef John's recipe linked below. I halved his recipe and made a couple of other adjustments to suit my taste buds and available ingredients.
My conclusion: Other than I think I need to add even more pineapple next time, I found it to be absolutely delicious! I am so very glad I found this recipe!
Halved-Recipe for bottom layer
- 1/8 to 1/4 cup butter
- 6 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 to 4 tbsp pineapple juice
- [FYI - I only used 1/8 cup of butter and 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice. Next time, I think I should use 1/4 cup butter plus 4 tablespoons of pineapple juice.]
Procedure for making bottom layer
- Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Step 2: Melt 1/8 cup butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in brown sugar, and pineapple juice. Cook over medium-low heat for about five minutes until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbling.
- Step 3: Pour that mixture into a medium-size greased baking pan.
Halved-Recipe for middle layer
- canned pineapple pieces
Procedure for making middle layer
Step 4: Spread pineapple pieces in a layer over the brown sugar mixture, completely covering the mixture. Set baking pan aside. [FYI - I only used about half a can of pineapple. Next time, I intend to use the entire can and really squeeze in as much pineapple as I can.]
Halved-Recipe for top layer
- Another ¼ cup butter
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ¼ cup cold milk
- 1 egg
Procedure for making top layer
- Step 5: Melt 1/4 cup butter in small skillet over low heat until the butter begins to brown and release a nutty fragrance, about 5 minutes. Watch carefully, butter burns easily. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Step 6: Whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, and white sugar in a large bowl.
- Step 7: Whisk in egg and cold milk until just combined.
- Step 8: Pour in melted butter and stir to mix thoroughly.
- Step 9: Pour batter over the pineapple slices in the baking pan; spread evenly to cover. Try not to disturb the pineapple slices as you cover them with the batter mixture.
- Step 10: Bake in preheated oven until the cake begins to bubble around the edges, the top is browned, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in the baking pan for 10 minutes.
- Step 11: Loosen the cake from the baking pan by running a knife around the inside edge of the cake. Invert a large plate over the top of the pan and flip over, releasing the cake to show the pineapple slices on top.
- Step 12: Eat and enjoy!
Recipe Source: Chef John. Recipe link and video tutorial below will both open in a new window. Chef John's Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
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