Monday, May 7, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes: YUM.

Today’s recipe comes from a stack of Bon Appetit magazines I hijacked from my mom.  The title was irresistible.  The recipe didn’t feature a photo, but rather a drawing.
I’m pretty sure the reason for the drawing is, based on my experience with cooking them, that they’re nearly impossible to make look as pretty as they should be.  Evidence is below.
However, I also discovered this: Even the ugly ones taste PHENOMENAL.  SOOOOooooo good.  Probably the tastiest at-home breakfast I’ve had in a year.  It was like having cake for breakfast.
So I present this recipe with plenty of photos & tips to help your baking experience go easier.
Ingredients: (makes 4 pancakes)
Pineapple & Syrup: Pancake Batter:
4 pineapple rings (fresh is preferred, but canned will work) – NOTE: the original recipe had us slice the rings pretty thick, with the intent of dividing one large pineapple into 8 rings. I don’t recommend this, for reasons you’ll see later. Aim for about 1/2 inch thick rings.
1 cinnamon stick, broken into 2 pieces
1 tbsp light butter
1/2 cup dark rum
1/8 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/2 cup wheat flour
1.5 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg white
1 tbsp light butter, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
nonstick cooking spray
Melt the 1 tbsp of butter along with the cinnamon stick in a large skillet or on a griddle over medium heat.  When the butter begins to brown, add your pineapple rings.  Have fun making faces with the contents of the pan:
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Grill each ring for about 4 minutes on each side. (if you use fresh pineapple, your rings are going to be pretty big, so you can only manage about 2 at a time—this is where a stove top or electric griddle would have REALLY helped speed up the process.)  While these are grilling, you can mix together your pancake batter with a whisk.
Set rings aside, and then add rum & brown sugar to the pan.  Cook until sauce begins to thicken.
Pour into a small bowl & set aside.
Spray your pan or griddle with nonstick spray, and portion out your pancake batter—a little over 1/4 cup per pancake. (NOTE: SERIOUSLY—if you have a stovetop griddle—USE IT.  Each pancake takes about 4 minutes to cook so if you can only do one at a time, it takes FOREVER.)
Now, here’s where my results differed from the directions.  The recipe says to cook the pancake for about 2 minutes, THEN add the pineapple ring.  But because your cake is basically cooked by that time, and because our rings were sliced so thick, THIS was what happened:
  It just sits on top & doesn’t sink into the pancake at all.  Which makes it IMPOSSIBLE to properly cook the now-pineapple-laden side of the pancake, because when you flip it, it’s basically a small table, and the pancake won’t touch the skillet.
Look!  I’m magic, my pancakes hover off the bottom of the pan!!! OOOOOoooohhhh!!!
So, here’s what you should ACTUALLY do:
Pour your batter, then wait about 20 seconds.  When the first couple bubbles start to appear on the surface, THEN add your pineapple, like so:
Let each side cook for about 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
Once all your cakes are cooked, portion them out onto plates (2 cakes per person—or just one if you plan on serving as part of a larger breakfast). Reheat your syrup in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, and then drizzle over the cakes.  Serve with a cinnamon stick for garnish.
There aren’t even sufficient words for how good this was.  I’m typically a little “meh” about pancakes, but these?  If I had someone to cook them for me, I’d eat them every morning.
(PS—that cinnamon stick has essentially been candied, & is coated with buttery, sugary goodness.  Try to stop yourself just short of chewing on it.)
NutriFacts: (for two pancakes w/syrup—if you only eat one cake, divide in half.)
Calories 334.6
  Total Fat 3.9 g
  Saturated Fat 0.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.2 g
  Cholesterol 93.7 mg
  Sodium 1,867.3 mg
  Potassium 384.3 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 67.8 g
  Dietary Fiber 5.7 g
  Sugars 42.3 g
  Protein 9.9 g

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  1. Those sound delicious ... will have to try them!

  2. I love that you showed how it really should be done for best results! And I love how you had fun with the rings and the cinnamon sticks cuz I totally would have done the same thing lol! Thanks for sharing this at my party! I will be giving these a try soon!

    1. Thanks for hosting! And I hope you enjoy the pancakes as much as we did!

  3. This looks great! I will be making it for dinner tomorrow night I think, oh and I shared it on my FB page for Life, Love, Green so hopefully that brings you some traffic ;)

    1. Awesome! Thank you so much! And I really hope you enjoy them!