Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Work it Wed - A dish to Pass

Ahhhh, It's finally summer which means summer BBQ's, picnics and get-togethers.  This also means I need to find some creative salad, appetizer and dessert recipes to bring to these parties. 
This got me wondering what women in the 50's made and brought to their shindigs. No doubt it wasn't a plastic tub of macaroni salad from Target (Patti, that one is for you). 
Wonder no longer. 
Pineapple Upside Down Cake - From Scratch
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 can of crushed or sliced pineapple 14oz
  • 2 cups of cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of hot milk
  • 1 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 small can of maraschino cherries, halved
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1)Preheat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit while mixing the cake
2)Take an 8 X 12 rectangle pan or round equivalent and pour the melted butter into it.
3)Sprinkle the bottom of the pan with the brown sugar.
4)Place the pineapples in the pan. If using the crushed pineapple try to spread it out evenly. If using sliced pineapples, try to arrange them in a uniformed manner.
5)Now place the cherries in an orderly fashion into the pineapples. The cherries look very pretty in the middles of pineapple slices. If you prefer, the cherries can be omitted all together.
6)Sift the flour and baking powder together 3 times, set aside.
7)Beat the eggs for 5 minutes at a medium speed. They should appear thick and fluffy.
8)Gradually add the sugar while beating it in with the eggs. Then add in the lemon juice.
9)Fold in the flour and baking soda mixture while gradually adding the hot milk.
10)Once the cake batter is blended well and smooth, pour it over the fruit inside the pan.
11)Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes.
12)Turn over onto a dish while still warm.

Voila! A lovely, elegant, and delish dessert to pass at your next summer get together. 
Now, If you think I've actually tried making this then 
I adore you for thinking so highly of me. However, I will more then likely never make something this labor intensive.
If YOU (or someone you know) actually makes the Pineapple Upside Down Cake please send me a picture and please let me know all about the process. I still believe there are actually women, and men, out there who carry on the traditions of the Mid Century Housewives.

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