I love chocolate, but sometimes it keeps me awake at night. So, I’m always on the lookout for delicious desserts that don’t take a lot of time to make, especially in warmer weather when I don’t want to keep the oven on for a long time. Caramelized pineapple chunks hits the spot perfectly. It’s only got four ingredients and takes only about 15 minutes to make. Perfect!
This is a dessert that’s sweet, fruity, and seems decadent (but isn’t really). The pineapple chunks are cooked with just a bit of butter and some brown sugar to form a rich brown caramel sauce. The rest is basically fruit (and optional nuts). It only takes a few minutes to make, so you don’t have to stand over the stove for half the day. The original recipe called for rum (which I didn’t have), so I left it out. If you do have it, by all means use it. Dark rum would be best.
You can also garnish it in different ways. Top it with some chopped pistachios, or crushed almonds. Or, add some strawberries (one fruit is good, two fruits are even better). It’s both sweet and somehow savory at the same time.
While you can use a fresh pineapple, then you have to worry about using up the rest of it. I got around this problem by going to the market and getting cut up chunks of fresh pineapple. It’s much easier, less cutting, no mess, and no concerns about eating the rest of it before it spoils (which would be a shame!).
If you can’t get the fresh chunks, you can use the canned variety in a pinch. Just make sure to get the kind in juice, not in syrup. If you use the canned version, cook the pineapple in the juice from the can (if you like) instead of orange juice.
One thing, don’t walk away from it. Leave it in the pan too long and the sugar will burn, making a terrible mess (ask me how I know this).
If you want, you can make the whole thing in advance and eat it the next day. It’s better slightly warm or at room temperature, so let it sit out for a while to warm up before you eat it.
Caramelized Pineapple Chunks Substitutions and Variations
- Top the pineapple with a shot of dark rum or brandy (or try adding the rum to the sauce)
- Garnish the fruit with chopped nuts (pistachios or ground almonds)
- Add some strawberries on top
- Serve with butter cookies
- Top with crème fraȋche or sour cream
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