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8 Pineapple Recipes For 88 Pineapples

8 Pineapple Recipes For 88 Pineapples

Today we are focusing on the note pineapple, found in our 88 Pineapples fragrance. While we would love to give you 88 pineapple recipes both you and I would be here forever so we'll just stick to 8 for now!

1. Pineapple upside-down cake

Starting with a classic we have pineapple upside down cake,  a retro favourite that's stood the test of time for good reason. Moist, tangy and easy to make, it's a great make-ahead dessert served with ice cream or custard.

Ingredients

  • 425g tin pineapple rings in juice (drained weight 250g)
  • 4 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 235g/8oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 175g/6oz caster sugar
  • 3 free-range eggs, beaten
  • ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 175g/6oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp milk

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/170C Fan/Gas 4. Butter the sides of a deep 20cm/8in cake tin.

  2. Drain the pineapple slices and leave to dry on kitchen paper. Put the soft brown sugar and 60g/2oz of the butter in a small frying pan and melt over a medium heat. Spoon into the prepared cake tin. Cut seven of the pineapple rings in half to make semi-circles and arrange around the tin – you may only need six of the rings depending on how tightly you pack the slices. Place the remaining whole ring in the middle of the tin.

  3. Cream the remaining 175g/6oz butter and the caster sugar together until pale and light. Gradually add the eggs, mixing well between each addition. Add the vanilla and mix again.

  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl, add the milk and mix until smooth. Carefully spoon over the pineapple slices and spread level.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until risen, golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  6. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for 1 minute and then carefully turn out onto a serving plate and leave to cool. This cake is best served slightly warm or at room temperature, with vanilla ice cream, lightly whipped cream or custard.

Pineapple upside-down cake
Photo from bbc.co.uk

2. Sweet and sour chicken

You've tasted sweet and sour chicken at the takeaway, but you can make it far better at home and it's much healthier! The Hairy Bikers show you how.

Ingredients

For the chicken

  • ½ small pineapple
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 spring onions, trimmed and thinly diagonally sliced

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 300ml/10fl oz fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 25g/1oz piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 pinch dried chilli flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper