Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pineapple Crisp


Time for another dessert in the other half of the Rival Double Crock.  Dole Canned Pineapple and Ritz crackers were on entry aisle super sale at Winco today.  Pineapple was $.88 a can and a giant boxes of Ritz crackers were $2.38.  Creamy Peas & Onions were cooking in one side of the crock. Pineapple seemed the perfect dessert  accompaniment to cut any leftover pea creaminess on the palate after dinner.  This was a breeze to assemble.  Into the crock in under 5 minutes and it only took that long because the pineapple had to be cut into chunks.  This was easily accomplished using a butter knife to cut the fruit right inside the can.


Winner, Loser, or Meh

This was very good.  Uncle Meat & Potatoes ate a bite and said "Mmmmm. Ding, ding, ding we have a winner".  I'd end the review here, except the next sentence out of his mouth was "how did you  manage to get the apples to have such an interesting texture?"  Given that he couldn't tell the difference between a pineapple and an apple I waited for independent evidence of the dessert's winningness.   When petite, rarely interested in food, Auntie EQ asked for her second bowl, I knew we had a hit.

Recipe

I used a 3 quart crock for this.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cans pineapple chunks or whole cut into chunks, well drained, divided
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup crushed butter crackers (like Ritz), divided
  • 3 Tbls butter, divided (vegans can use margarine)
Spray crock with no stick spray.  Add 1 can drained pineapple to crock and spread evenly. Spread 1/2 the brown sugar evenly over the pineapple.  Sprinkle 1/2 the cracker crumbs evenly over the brown sugar. Dot top evenly with 1/2 the butter. Repeat layering process with remaining ingredients in the same order. Take a dish towel or a few paper towels and place across the top of the crock.  Cover and pull edges of towel into the center.  The towel will serve as a moisture wick. Cook on low for 2 hour.  Uncover and turn off heat.  Allow to cool for 15- 20 minutes before serving so juices can cool and set.

(Backdated: Made and written Saturday 1/16/2010)

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