Author Notes: This is my favorite quick dessert. It always impresses, and I can either make it at home or grab a few ingredients on my way to a friend's house for dinner and pop it in the oven while we relax and enjoy a meal and company. Because the pineapple slowly braises with sugar and spices in the oven, the cook time is forgiving, leaving you to enjoy friendship and a cocktail without having to worry over baking. It can be served with scoops of your favorite ice cream, a dollop of Greek yogurt, or some good old-fashioned whipped cream. —deensie
Food52 Review: WHO: Deensie is a brand new member of Food52—with a killer recipe out of the gate.
WHAT: A simple, batchable dessert for summer entertaining and lazy weeknights alike.
HOW: Peel and quarter a pineapple, then braise it for two hours, topped with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and orange zest. Waste no time spooning it over vanilla ice cream.
WHY WE LOVE IT: We often fall into habitual ways of eating our favorite summer produce—berries go into pie, pineapple is served raw, and strawberries get a dollop of whipped cream. This recipe breaks the mold and shows us just how wonderful a sweet, warm pineapple can be. —The Editors
cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 300° F. Trim the pineapple from its skin and cut it into quarters, length-wise, from the top to bottom. Core the pineapple and lay each quarter down on its cut belly in a 8- by 12-inch baking dish.
- Sprinkle the top of each quarter evenly with the brown sugar and lay a stick of cinnamon over each half.
- Use a vegetable peeler to zest strips of orange over the pineapple. Juice the orange, then pour the juice over the pineapple.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and dot the top of each pineapple quarter with roughly 1 tablespoon. Cover the baking dish with foil and cut 6 vents into the foil. Bake for approximately 2 hours (or longer, the pineapple is very forgiving!).
- After two hours, remove the pineapple from the oven. Discard the cinnamon sticks and orange peel. Transfer the hot pineapple to a cutting board and, using a fork to brace it, cut it into 1-inch cubes. Place the cut pineapple back into the baking dish and stir it in the braising sauce. Serve the braised pineapple and its juices with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of Greek yogurt, or some good old-fashioned whipped cream.
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