Wednesday, June 20, 2012

MY FAVORITE CLOWN Grilled Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

"Just look at what the Democratic logo is: a burro. And I'm sure
 if you hit it with a stick, candy and free healthcare falls out."
Stephen Colbert

Grilled Pineapple 
Upside-Down Cake

You can use your grill to make this sweet
treat for YOUR guests, while Stephen grills
HIS guests for our amusement!

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided
1-1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup milk
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 can (20 oz.) pineapple rings, drained and juice reserved
Maraschino cherries

Heat grill to 350°F.  Place a cast-iron skillet in the center of the grill and
heat thoroughly.

Whisk flour, baking powder and salt.  In separate bowl cream 1 stick
butter (softened), sugar, eggs, and vanilla with electric mixer.  Alternately
add dry ingredients and milk, mixing on low until well combined.  In a 
separate mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and
then fold them into the batter. Set batter aside.

Remove hot skillet from grill to cool for a few minutes (take care 
handling the skillet as the handle will be very hot)  then return to 
grill and place the remaining butter and brown sugar in until melted 
and caramelized, stirring occasionally.  Place pineapple rings (with 
cherries in center of rings) on top.  Pour batter over pineapples; 
carefully cover skillet with foil.  Pierce holes in foil near sides of 
skillet to allow steam to escape.  Place skillet on grill on INDIRECT 

Grill cake at 350°F until cake is golden brown and springs back when
lightly touched in center, about 45 min.  Remove from grill and run knife 
around edge of cake to release (skillet and handle will be very hot).
While cake is still hot, place a serving plat on top of skillet and carefully
turn the cake over onto the plate.  Serve warm with ice cream.


Turn off one burner and place the food over the unlit side, away 
from the heat source. For three-burner gas grills, turn off the middle 
burner after preheating and place the food in the center of the grill.


If your grill isn't hot enough to reach 350°F on indirect heat, increase 
cooking time 10 or 15 minutes.

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