Fresh Pineapple Up-Side-Down Cake
with Coconut Ice Cream, and Macadamia Nut Brittle
As shared from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate, by Mari (www.onceuponaplate1.com
Inspired by the dessert as served at Tyler Florence's 'Wayfare Tavern' in San Francisco.
First a word of caution, in order to make individual pineapple-up-side down cakes, you'll need to secure baking pans/dishes of the proper size and adjust the recipe according to how many cakes you want to make. The individual cakes are fun, and make a nice presentation, but quite honestly next time I'll just make the cake in an 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan.
For the Pineapple Up Side Down cake:
I've had this in my recipe box for years, (handwritten, I believe this recipe is from one of the first editions of "The Better Homes and Garden Cookbook")
For the Coconut Ice Cream:
Makes about 1 quart
1 -15 ounce can "Coco Lopez®" Real Cream of Coconut (This is the BEST brand for this recipe)
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream (whipping cream)
Optional: 1 1/2 cup sweetened coconut shreds (toast lightly in baking pan in oven if desired.) [I usually omit.]
Combine Cream of Coconut and milk in blender (or food processor) and mix until smooth. Stir in cream (and coconut shreds, if using.) Freeze in ice cream maker, according to manufacturer's directions.
NOTE: If you don't want your ice cream to freeze rock solid, add 1 Tablespoon vodka during the last minute of blending. Place in container, cover tightly and store in freezer compartment until ready to serve.
For the Macadamia Nut Brittle:
Recipe adapted from "Spago Desserts", 1994, by Mary Bergin and Judy Gethers
2 cups macadamia nuts (salted or unsalted), your choice
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
8 ounces butter, cut into small pieces
Note: 1 teaspoon salt- if using Unsalted butter otherwise a generous pinch of salt if using salted butter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Spread nuts on baking tray and place in preheated 350º F, bake for 8 to 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes. Allow to cool, then coarsely chop and set aside for later.
In a deep, medium size saucepan place sugar, corn syrup and water. Place pan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil until a layer of bubbles appear on surface (about 3 to 4 minutes.)
Cover the pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, continue to boil 5 minutes longer.
Remove foil, add butter, stir with a wooden spoon until butter is melted. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer registers 300º F. This will take approximately 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Immediately stir in the salt, baking soda and chopped, toasted nuts.
While syrup is cooking, coat a 12 x 17-inch half sheet pan with vegetable oil or cooking spray (or use a silicone baking liner in a larger pan). When nut mixture has reached 300º quickly spread the nut mixture in the prepared pan, spreading as thinly as possible with a long, flexible metal spatula. Sprinkle very lightly with a few grains of coarse sea salt if desired while still warm.
When completely cool, cut or break brittle into desired chunks. Store in air tight container.
My Hint: To prevent hot brittle mixture from seizing up too quickly (before you have a chance to spread it evenly in pan), place prepared pan in a warm oven (low heat) while cooking the nut mixture, this will keep pan warm until it's time to pour the nut-mixture out. Doing this will assist in getting the mixture spread thinly.
Hope you enjoy!
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