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Pineapple Express…Again

It’s raining in Southern California. Again. I took 1 cup of T-bird’s fresh pineapple and modified the Baking Bites recipe. I didn’t have oranges or shredded coconut. But I did have some left over macadamia nuts which I chopped super fine and put into the muffins. I also baked the muffins longer by about 8 minutes as I prefer a nice crisp muffin top. It’s all about the muffin top.

Pineapple Muffins - a little Hawaiian Sunshine for a Rainy Day in L.A.

Here’s the recipe, modified from Baking Bites:

Pineapple Muffins
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup buttermilk
6 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg
2 tsp orange zest
1 cup chopped pineapple
coarse sugar, for topping

Preheat the oven to 375F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and shredded coconut. [Didn’t have it, too lazy to do a grocery run for it…Instead I used about 1/4-1/2 cup of macadamia nuts (salted). I chopped them up real fine.]
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, melted butter egg and orange zest. [Nope Not going out in the rain for that…] Add to flour mixture and stir to combine, mixing only until no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Stir in chopped pineapple.
Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups (cups will be very full) and sprinkle generously with coarse sugar.
Bake for 16-19 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. [I baked mine for about 25-30 minutes until the tops were nice and brown]
Cook muffins on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before serving. [Yes, they are cooling]

Makes 12 muffins.

Speaking of muffin tops, take it away Jenna.

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Pineapple Sunday

T-bird, my son has a huge sweet tooth. He’s always asking me to buy sweets. It is no surprise that his favorite fruit is the pineapple, which has a high sugar content. When he asked me to buy a pineapple on 31 December I thought “why not.” Afterall, the pineapple is a sign of welcome/hospitality and what better way to welcome in the new year with this tropical king of fruits.

T-bird just wants to eat the pineapple straight. We’ll be lucky if he uses a fork. But for those who want to cook, here are some ideas.

Pineapple Curd, from The Craving Chronicles:

Pineapple Curd from the Craving Chronicles

I may just make these muffins. I’m a huge fan of Baking Bites’ blog. This looks just easy enough for a lazy day.

Pineapple Muffins from Baking Bites

I’m not a pineapple upside down gal but Smitten Kitchen makes their Pineapple Upside Down Cake look pretty tasty.

Smitten Kitchen's Pineapple Upside Down Cake

And if you decide to just eat the pineapple, don’t fret you can still do some pretty interesting things with it, apparently. Happy New Year, sunshine. (And, no that is not me or anyone in my family. Promise.)
Pineapple Head

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