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A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« on: January 03, 2016, 07:28:08 PM »
I was in the mood for Pineapple Upside Down cake, thought about it for days before I finally asked Rob to pick up a couple of ingredients I needed.

I know this cake is fairly simple, but it had been years since I last made it, so looked up a recipe to make sure I got it right.  That may have been my first mistake.

But at the time, the recipe sounded great. Got all the ingredients out, double checked my measurements. (Not my personal measurement, those for the cake.) Then went to get out my cake oblong pan so I could put the butter in and let it melt in the over.

Second mistake - a Big One. Totally forgot that I hadn't seen that particular pan since the move. Searched anyway. Still haven't found it.

So I settled on an oval oblong oven save casserole dish, not the same length, but more depth.

One of the directions in the recipe was to sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter in the pan. But during the measuring the brown sugar I was instructed to "pack" it in the measuring cup.   

Have you ever tried to sprinkle packed brown sugar? Even unpack I doubt it would work very well. But packed simply refused to sprinkle. So I used my best judgement and with a fork attempted to mix butter and brown sugar together and spread across the bottom of the dish.

That was only semi successful.

Oh, I forgot to tell you, I asked Rob to get me a can of Crushed Pineapple. Yes, I know, most people use Pineapple rings, but I prefer to get a taste of pineapple in every bite. I also asked him to get a small jar of cherries.

What I received was a can of pineapple chucks and a can of Sour Cherries. Okay, I put the chunks of pineapples in the food processor and came up with something similar to crushed. But when I opened the can of cherries and tasted one, it was definitely a No Go. Not only were they truly sour they were a unappetizing brown color.

Finally got everything in the casserole dish and in the over. Since the dish was deeper than a pan would have been and was full to within a 1/8 inch of the rim, I set it all on a cookie sheet in case of an over flow. Also knew the deeper dish would call for longer cooking time.

I checked the cake so many times to see if it was done several times before the butter knife came out clean. Then I had to let it cook before I could do a taste test.

Eventually I couldn't wait any longer. The cake was still on the warm side when I cut a small slice. The cake part was (and is still) fine. But the brown sugar, pineapple mixture on the bottom seems to have had a mind of it's own. It was easy to see the mixture was thicker and thinner in spots. Later I found some spots that didn't have any noticeable pineapple mixture at all.

Next time I'll not bother with a recipe, just go with the memory of how Mother always did hers and I later learned to do much as she did. That method worked every time. 
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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2016, 08:02:17 PM »
Gawd I haven't had one of them for years mate, loved them when mum cooked them though
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2016, 07:00:45 AM »
I made pineapple upside down cupcakes once. Not bad and easy to control proportions. One pineapple ring per cupcake liner.
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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2016, 07:39:36 AM »
I LOVE Pineapple upside down cake! I make mine in a cast iron frying pan. I cheat and use yellow cake mix.

I melt some butter in the pan and add the brown sugar, which will melt with the heat. I prefer rings, so I line the pan with them and let them brown just a touch then pour the cake batter (prepared per the instructions) over it all and stick it in the pre-heated oven. I'm sure it would work with your crush/pulverized pineapple.

When done, I put an inverted plate on top of everything and then turn it over (the only tricky part as the pan is heavy) and the cake comes right out. Looks like a picture and easy-peasy.  ;D

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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2016, 09:57:24 AM »
I think pineapple upside down cake is fairly universal. Maybe because its easier generally.

My problems resulted from trying to follow a recipe when I should have gone with my own memories of how it is done. Didn't help that I didn't find the pan I always used.

Heidi, I like your idea of using the cast iron skillet. But with age it seems my hands and wrist don't have the strength they once had. I find myself reaching/wishing for lighter cookware despite the fact I have used and loved my heaver pots and pans for ages.

Same goes for plates and such. I've switched from the stoneware (which I gave to a DIL, and now use Corelle because of the lighter weight.

But I still have my cast iron skillets and despite the weight, still use them for some things. Cornbread for one, it simply does not taste right baked in any other pan.  ;)

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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2016, 10:56:36 AM »
Cornbread for one, it simply does not taste right baked in any other pan.  ;)



Those cast iron pans are remarkable aren't they? You have to admire our foremothers, much stronger than we gave them credit for.  ;)

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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2016, 03:56:15 PM »
The best non stick seems to be cast iron too. I have a big frying pan we use regular but it has a wooden handle so I haven't been game to use it in the oven. We also use a lot of the big camp ovens when we travel, they are brilliant to swing over a fire. Very heavy indeed.
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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2016, 07:39:39 PM »
Yeah mate, you can't put the wooden handles in the oven. But then again you don't need a pot holder  ;D

I like my pans to do double duty when possible, stove top and oven. A lot of dishes, I like to brown on the stove top and then finish in the oven.

Now if I could only find the self cleaning ones...

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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2016, 04:32:42 AM »
I am thinking that maybe pineapple upside down cake is an American thing?

I watched a movie recently called The Visit and pineapple upside down cake is mentioned by one of the characters.  This is the first time I'd heard of it and I must admit, the thought makes my mouth water.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Visit_(2015_film)

Strange movie.  Enjoyed it as I like 'found footage' types of films but very weird.

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Re: A Mess, but it still tastes good.
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2016, 11:14:57 AM »
I have to admit TJ, that I never thought about it being a US thing. Having grown up with Mother making it ever so often and having it at friends homes, I just took it at face value and enjoyed it.  ;D
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