Easy and delicious both warm and at room temperature
- Servings: 4 to 6.
This simple method for cooking pineapple brings out its natural, sweet juiciness. Adjust the amount of sugar depending upon how sweet and ripe your pineapple may be.
- 1 large, ripe pineapple
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar (taste the pineapple for sweetness and use less if possible)
- Preheat the oven to 400º F.
- Line a large rimmed sheet pan with a piece of parchment paper.
- Prepare the pineapple by peeling it completely, removing its thick, prickly skin. This is most easily done with a serrated bread knife. Make sure you remove all the brown eyes and that the pineapple is completely yellow, with no blemishes.
- Slice the pineapple lengthwise into 4 segments. Cut off and discard the inside part of each segment that was the thick, fibrous core so that the segments are only soft, edible pineapple.
- Slice these 4 segments again into 4 pieces so that in total you have 16 segments, each the length of the peeled pineapple and about 3/8" to 1/2" in thickness.
- Place the strips onto the prepared sheet pan.
- Using a pastry brush, coat each piece with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar, using only half the sugar.
- Place in the preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes.
- Turn each pineapple piece over, brush with more melted butter, and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar, using less if the fruit was very sweet to begin with.
- Bake until the pieces are bubbling in the pan and the fruit is gold, another 5 to 10 minutes, or about 20 minutes in total.
The Versatility of Roasted Pineapple
A slice of roasted pineapple is delicious on its own, although adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream is a brilliant finish.
Other ways to serve it include:
- Serve with a scoop of coconut sorbet (achieving the taste of a piña colada)
- Drizzle with a little butterscotch or caramel sauce
- Make pineapple shortcakes by buying or making biscuits and adding a generous spoonful of whipped cream
- Purée in a food processor or blender, chill, and use an ice cream maker to turn it into roasted pineapple sorbet
- Fold chunks into your favorite coffee cake recipe
- Add to a pre-baked tart shell that's been filled with pastry cream or vanilla pudding for a quick roasted pineapple tart
If you want another way to serve cooked pineapple as a special dessert, we've added a link to a recipe for Pineapple in Ginger Rum Syrup, from Gourmet magazine.