Prickly – Pineapple

Did you know that a pineapple is considered a berry?  “The pineapple plant’s flowers produce berries that actually coalesce together around the fruit’s core. So the pineapple fruit itself is actually a bunch of ‘fruitlets’ fused together.”  It can take a pineapple two years to grow to maturity, so no wonder they can be a bit pricey at the grocery store.

Pineapple

As a pineapple fruit grows, the outer rind or shell becomes tough and prickly, resembling a pine cone, which is how it got its name.

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day #doodlewashaday

Today we celebrate cake without frosting, which is pretty bland unless it is baked with a gooey topping of pineapples rings, brown sugar, butter, and maraschino cherries.  Of course the topping is actually baked as the bottom and then inverted, helping the buttery, caramelized brown sugar goodness absorb into the cake.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Centuries ago this cake was “baked” in a cast iron skillet, which is evidently ideal for caramelizing sugar while preventing the butter from burning.  Pineapple upside down cake was once thought of as a good option to serve for breakfast, but nowadays we usually suggest something with a little more protein to start the day.  So, make sure you have some yogurt on top.  🙂