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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake- Homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Cake is  bursting with tropical flavors – spiced with rum , nutmeg and fortified with ground almonds. Gorgeous , Decadent and Delicious.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a good way to use up pineapple for most people, but… for me, I go out of my way to indulge in this delicious cake.

The combination of juicy tart pineapple up against the sweet caramel and buttery cake is extremely enticing. Growing up, I preferred eating raw pineapples because they were extremely sweet. And disliked canned pineapple .

Now wait….. my disappointed came when I moved to the United States and Pineapple tasted- blah! Not so sweet or juicy like the ones I grew up eating .

Then came this delightful cake, with its sharp tropical flavor. Oh my!  I knew things were about to change with canned pineapples.  It makes this cake SO EASY to put together .  And not so bad after all .

In fact, my brother and I always  fight over this cake; he does not have a sweet tooth like I do. He hardly touches dessert. So the first time I made this, he went bananas over this.

This recipe has been updated to make it even special. Yup with(almond meal) aka  ground almonds . If you have not tried it yet I believe  almonds and pineapple make and sumptuous pair , especially in baking .The nutty flavor of the almonds is pronounced without  overwhelming the cake. You can make it with or without almonds. YOU DECIDE!

The sour cream here  makes it super moist, boosts the pineapple flavor.

Pineapple upside cake is prepared in a cast-iron pan the reason behind this is that; the heavy pan prevents the butter from burning, and also the fact that it is easy to flip the cake upside down when it is ready.

Here, I used a 10 inch baking pan and it came out great!  So feel free to use either or .

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
 
Prep time
15 mins

Cook time
65 mins

Total time
1 hour 20 mins

 

Author: AfricanBites
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 Tablespoon rum or pineapple juice
  • 20 oz canned pineapple slices
  • 7 maraschino cherries
  • 3 Large eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon spiced rum
  • 1½ cup sifted cake flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup ground almond
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounce butter (170gram) unsalted butter

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.If possible, Wrap a 10 inch spring form pan in heavy foil paper to prevent leaking or use a 10 inch skillet or baking pan.
  2. Drain the pineapple slices and cherries. Place the pineapple and cherries on paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
  3. In a heavy sauce pan, add brown sugar and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until mixture is completely dissolved. Add a tablespoon of rum into mixture, whisk for about 30 seconds
  4. Pour sugar mixture into cake pan, and then arrange pineapple slices with one in the center, 7 others around it and cherries in between pineapple rings. You will need 8 whole pineapple rings and the rest of the pineapple rings split in half. .Place the half slices side by side against the sides, facing down if desired . Set aside
  5. In a large mixing bowl, Sift together flour, baking powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, nutmeg, ground almonds and salt. Stir until everything is fully combined.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients with the softened butter making sure everything has been incorporated. You can do so with a whisk or mixer.
  7. Combine the egg yolks, sour cream , rum and vanilla a small bowl.
  8. Gradually add the egg mixture into the batter in two batches. Mixing for about 30 seconds after each addition until both mixtures are fully blended. Scrape down the side.
  9. Scoop the batter into cake pan, spread the batter evenly .Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45–50 minutes.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack. Let cake cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run a sharp knife around sides of pan to loosen cake; tap bottom of pan and invert cake onto a large plate or just open the sides if using a spring foam pan

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Drain the pineapple slices and cherries. Place the pineapple and cherries on paper towels to absorb excess moisture.

In a heavy sauce pan, add brown sugar and cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until mixture is completely dissolved. Add a tablespoon of rum into mixture, whisk for about 30 seconds

Pour sugar mixture into cake pan,others around it and cherries in between pineapple rings. .Place the half slices side by side against the sides, facing down if desired . Set aside

Arrange pineapple slices starting with one in the center.

Place the other 7 around the middle pineapple

You will need 8 whole pineapple rings and the rest of the pineapple rings split in half. If desired Place cherries in the pineapple holes.  Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, Sift together flour, baking powder, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, nutmeg, ground almonds and salt. Stir until everything is fully combined.

Combine the egg yolks, sour cream , rum and vanilla a small bowl.

Mix the dry ingredients with the softened butter making sure everything has been incorporated. You can do so with a whisk or mixer.

Gradually add the egg mixture into the batter in two batches. Mixing for about 30 seconds after each addition until both mixtures are fully blended. Scrape down the side.

Scoop or pour  batter into the cake pan.

Spread the batter evenly .

Bake cake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 45–50 minutes.

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How to make my version of the Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding

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Looking back, sweet potato has always been a staple food in the caribbean cuisine. From breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, the recipes are endless. Surprisingly I only remember eating sweet potatoes boiled, fried and in dessert form. Sweet potato pudding is commonly served during the holidays in the Caribbean. There are many versions and each […]

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Jamaican Planters Punch Recipes

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Did you know that the recipe for Planters Punch originated in Jamaica? Well, it did. The first known recipe was published in a British magazine in 1878. The typical Planter’s Punch recipe called for just rum, lime juice, sugar, and water, but sliced fruit like oranges and pineapples were often included either as garnish or in the drink itself. Soon those slices of fruit were replaced by various citrus juices, including pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.
 
Traditional Planters Punch Recipe
1 oz White Rum
1 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup
Blend and serve with ice.
Top off with a splash of dark rum
 
Today Planters Punch is usually any combination of fruit juices and rum. Recently, while we were at Jakes Hotel in Treasure Beach we had their delicious Planters Punch made with fresh fruit blended with rum. Using whole fruit instead of fruit juices makes the punch thick and creamy like a delicious smoothie with a kick! Calesia was kind enough to show us how to make their recipe, which is super easy, especially if you have a high-powered blender to turn the fruit, ice and rum into a gorgeous cocktail to savour. The recipe is below Click below to watch her make it step by step.
 
Jake’s All-Fruit Planters Punch
Crushed Ice
Fresh fruit: watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, papaya, banana
Jamaican Rum
 
1. Blend 4 cups of ice and 4 cups of fruit in a blender until smooth. Note: Melons have a lot water which helps with the blending. If you are not using melon you may need to add a little fruit juice when blending the ingredients. Always include bananas because they add just the right amount of sweetness.
2. Pour 1 to 2 ounces of Jamaican rum into a tall glass and pour fruit mixture on top.
3. Add a slice or pineapple or watermelon to the edge of the glass as a garnish.
 
Makes 2 Servings
 

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Tasty Curry Crab Simplified.

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Curry Crab and Dumplings is one of the most iconic dishes on our sister island of Tobago. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hitting the beach at Store Bay (where you also catch the glass bottom boats to Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool), you’ve surely walked pass many of the food vendors selling this classic curry dish. While I’ve shared this recipe before, I was asked via Instagram to share a simplified version that’s easy to prepare and just as tasty as the classic I shared about 4 years ago.

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Light & Fluffy Cream Biscuits

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Light & Fluffy Cream Biscuits

Light and fluffy Cream biscuits –  These easy biscuits are made with just 5  ingredients or less .  The perfect addition to any breakfast, lunch or dinner in just 20 minutes

If you have ever dreaded making a biscuit at home, dread no more. This recipe is unassuming, stress-free and fast. There is no   “cutting in” butter into the dry ingredients, no fussing about whether the butter is cold enough, no conceivable biscuit disaster.

From start to finish they take about 20-30 minutes to have on the table and there’s nothing complicated about the procedure  , the it will take for you to  get biscuits and back, you could have already  been on your third biscuit. Seriously, this recipe is ridiculously easy and delicious- Moist, Fluffy, and light.

You can even make  it into a breakfast sandwich too! While the biscuits are baking fry egg , bacon or sausage and voila! a breakfast sandwich. Get a bigger size of a plate than I did for the eggs.

I don’t know what I was thinking about. Was in such a hurry to gobble it up.Ans sure did eat about 4 of these. No shame.

You’ve got to five it a try ! It only contains five ingredients; flour, baking powder, sugar, garlic salt and cream. Feel free to use salt instead . Be sure to let it cool down before cutting it in half

It is best served warm.

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Cream Biscuits
 
Prep time
5 mins

Cook time
15 mins

Total time
20 mins

 

Author: AfricanBites
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 -2 tablespoon sugar
  • 11/2 cup cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt(sub salt)

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to /400F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  3. Gently stir cream into dry ingredients until all is moistened and holds together (like a ball)
  4. On a very lightly floured surface, pat out the dough to about 1 – 1½ inches tall. Use a 2-inch round cookie cutter to cut out the biscuits, and space them out equally across your prepared baking sheet
  5. Separate wedges and place on an un greased baking sheet. Brush with cream
  6. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned
  7. Remove and serve warm

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What Does Having a Healthy Lifestyle Mean to You?

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What Does Having a Healthy Lifestyle Mean to You? By Maximillian Maddy Hello, thanks for looking at my article. This is written to explore a point of view and to explore what is considered to be a healthy person or have a healthy lifestyle. To me having a Healthy Lifestyle means ‘Control’ and ‘Happiness’. What do […]

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Jake’s Jamaican Planters Punch

Posted From: http://cooklikeajamaican.com/planters-punch/

Did you know that the recipe for Planters Punch originated in Jamaica? Well, it did. The first known recipe was published in a British magazine in 1878. The typical Planter’s Punch recipe called for just rum, lime juice, sugar, and water, but sliced fruit like oranges and pineapples were often included either as garnish or in the drink itself. Soon those slices of fruit were replaced by various citrus juices, including pineapple, orange, and grapefruit.
 
Traditional Planters Punch Recipe
1 oz White Rum
1 oz Dark Rum
1 1/2 oz Orange Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Strawberry Flavoured Syrup
Blend and serve with ice.
Top off with a splash of dark rum
 
Today Planters Punch is usually any combination of fruit juices and rum. Recently, while we were at Jakes Hotel in Treasure Beach we had their delicious Planters Punch made with fresh fruit blended with rum. Using whole fruit instead of fruit juices makes the punch thick and creamy like a delicious smoothie with a kick! Calesia was kind enough to show us how to make their recipe, which is super easy, especially if you have a high-powered blender to turn the fruit, ice and rum into a gorgeous cocktail to savour. The recipe is below Click below to watch her make it step by step.
 
All-Fruit Planters Punch
Crushed Ice
Fresh fruit: watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, honeydew, papaya, banana
Jamaican Rum
 
1. Blend 4 cups of ice and 4 cups of fruit in a blender until smooth. Note: Melons have a lot water which helps with the blending. If you are not using melon you may need to add a little fruit juice when blending the ingredients. Always include bananas because they add just the right amount of sweetness.
2. Pour 1 to 2 ounces of Jamaican rum into a tall glass and pour fruit mixture on top.
3. Add a slice or pineapple or watermelon to the edge of the glass as a garnish.
 
Makes 2 Servings
 

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