Pineapple Upside-Down Cake ala Cast Iron Skillet

Monday, March 22, 2010

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I am going to allow myself to be side tracked a bit from my regular Skillet Suppers segment. I mentioned in a previous post that my dear grandmother always made her Pineapple Upside-Down Cake in her cast iron skillet. I am now the owner of that precious skillet and I love making PUD Cake it in. In fact, I am not much of a cake person, prefering pie instead. But PUD Cake is very close to pie in my mind and I LOVE it!!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

3 cans (8 ounces each) sliced pineapple in syrup (12 slices in all)
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
Maraschino cherries (if you are not a cherry fan, use pecan halves instead)
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup whipping cream, chilled and whipped, or vanilla ice cream

Drain pineapple slices, reserving 2 tablespoons of syrup. In a heavy 10-inch iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, stirring until sugar is melted. Remove from heat. Arrange 8 pineapple slices on sugar mixture and one in center. Cut 3 slices in half and stand up around edge of pan. Place 1 maraschino cherry in center of each pineapple slice.

Into a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter and milk; beat for about 2 minutes, or until batter is smooth. Add egg and reserved 2 tablespoons pineapple syrup. Beat 2 minutes longer. Pour cake batter over pineapple slices in skillet, spreading carefully. Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes, until golden brown and cake springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool in skillet on rack for 5 minutes; loosen edges with spatula or butter knife. Hold serving plate over top of skillet; invert and shake gently to loosen cake. Lift off skillet. Serve cake warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

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