The different types of pineapple desserts fall into two general categories: cooked and no-cook. When it comes to cooked desserts, cakes and pies are among the popular choices, as well as pastry desserts. For the no-cook pineapple desserts, the pineapples are usually topped with secondary ingredients to bring out the fruit’s tang and sweetness. The pineapple has a sweet, yet sour, flavor that goes very well with other sweet, sour, and salty ingredients.
The simplest and easiest of the pineapple desserts is the no-fuss raw pineapples sliced into chunks. They can be sprinkled with a dash of salt or a drizzle of lemon, as these give a contrast to the sweetness of the fruit, making it even sweeter. Chili powder with a little salt can even give the dessert more uniqueness. Grilling the pineapples also makes for an easy and delightful dessert, as cooking the fruit brings out the sweet juices. The grilled pineapples can be made into a kebab, along with other fruits like cherries, peaches, and a slice of cheese.
Among the many pineapple deserts, one of the most well-known is the upside-down pineapple cake. This desert involves putting sliced pineapples at the bottom of a cake pan before pouring in the cake batter. After the cake has baked, the cake is turned upside down, placing the pineapples on top of the cake. In some recipes, crushed pineapples and pineapple juice are also incorporated into the cake batter, giving the dessert an extra tangy flavor.
A no-cook version of the pineapple cake is the pineapple tiramisu, an Italian desert made by layering ladyfingers, cream, and fruits. In some recipes, the lady fingers are dipped in the pineapple juice instead of espresso, making the pineapple the central flavor. Cheese is also added to the cream to give a contrast to the sweetness of the pineapple.
For people who want bite-sized foods, pineapple desserts can also come in the form of cookies and tarts. In this case, the pineapple is cooked into a thick jam, which will be placed on top of the cookies. Usually, the cookies and the tarts are baked with a small crater in the middle, where the jam will be placed. Pineapple jams can also be used to make pastry pineapple desserts, such as filled croissants and jam donuts that will ooze the jam when bitten into.
One of the most kid-friendly pineapple desserts is the pineapple pudding. Not only does the pureed pineapple give a different texture to the gelatinous consistency, it also replaces a good amount of sugar needed in the recipe. Setting the pineapple pudding in fun-shaped molds also makes the dessert more enjoyable to eat.