The grass is green, the birds are chirping, the trees are budding… spring is finally here! But mother nature loves to play tricks on us Canadians and we can never be too sure if she is sending us another month of frigid weather.
This has caused a strange phenomenon to happen. On the first warm weekend of spring, people flock outside to partake in summer activities as if their lives depended on it – like Ned Stark himself is whispering in their ear “winter is coming”.
Any-who, in my very own desperate rush to appreciate the weather, the family came over for a barbecue dinner party and I was in a mood to impress. And this is what I came up with!
Feast your eyes on my grilled pineapple cake bowl with raspberry coulis and whipped cream!
What You’ll Need
- A pineapple, cut into slices
- Butter – 3 tablespoons
- Brown Sugar – 3 tablespoons
- Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
- Raspberries – 2 cups (I used frozen)
- Sugar – 2 tablespoons
- Cornstarch – 2 and 1/2 teaspoons
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Whipping Cream – 1 cup
- Icing Sugar – 4 tablespoons or so (doesn’t need to be exact)
- Vanilla Extract – 1 teaspoon
I cheated and used a box cake 🙁
- Preheat BBQ to about 350 degrees
- Melt butter in the microwave
- Stir in sugar and cinnamon
- Brush pineapple slices with the sugar mixture
- Grill for about 7 minutes, flipping midway through (until you can see grill marks)
Another Pinterest find, yet slightly adapted to be less sweet.
- Combine sugar, corn starch and water into a saucepan
- Place on the stove-top on medium heat
- Add in raspberries (thaw first if frozen)
- Stir until boiling point and continue stirring one minute afterwards
- Strain sauce over a thin sieve to remove seeds
- Combine whipping cream, icing sugar and vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl
- Go on, keep whisking
- Realize that you should have used a Mix Master
- Whisk a bit more until peaks form
Follow instructions on the box, duh!
Creating the Grilled Pineapple Cake Bowl Masterpiece
- Place a few slices of pineapple into a bowl
- Place a few slices of cake on top
- Add a dollop of whipped cream to the center
- Drizzle raspberry coulis over top
OR if you aren’t about to take a thousand photos of your food before eating it, only to get four grainy pictures because you live in Canada and the sun sets too early and the natural lighting is just awful, just throw it all in a bowl and call it a day.
Enjoy your dessert!