Ever since I was little, I have memories of having pineapple bars when we visited my grandma. She's all the way out in Iowa, so it wasn't very often, but I always remember eating these. Half would be covered in sugary glaze for me to devour, half would go plain for my parents who didn't want a sugar high (their loss). The inside was pineapple deliciousness.
A year or two back, I finally asked my grandma for the recipe, so now I can have pineapple deliciousness without the 16 hour car ride. How wonderful!
|Filling sitting on the stove|
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 Tbs corn starch
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 20 oz can of Pineapple chunks, do NOT drain
|I love you, Kitchen Aid!|
- 3 3/4 to 4 1/4 cups flour (I know, quite vague)
- 1 Tbs sugar
- 1 pkg yeast (that's 1/4 oz)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 4 egg yolks
Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, and yeast. Melt the butter in the microwave a little, but not to liquidification, just so it's mushy; combine with milk and water. Add the liquids to the dry in whatever bowl you're going to mix it in (Kitchen Aid are amazing). Beat for 2 minutes. Add yolk and 1/2 cup flour. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes. Now eyeball in enough flour to make it into moist dough. Usually right at 4 is good for me, but you may require less or more as the recipe suggests. Divide dough in half. Roll out dough covering the bottom of your pan (My grandma uses a "jelly roll pan" but I just use a 9x13). Poor the filling over the dough. Roll out the remaining dough to the right size to cover it; place on and pinch the edges together.
|Bread after rising for an hour|
Cover with a towel and let it sit about an hour to let it rise. Yay yeast!
Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 35-40 minutes. The top should turn a nice golden brown.
You can mix up a frosting using powdered sugar and cream. Our's came out very liquidy and made a glaze. But it's powdered sugar, so honestly I don't care what consistency it's in as long as it's in the "tasty in my mouth" consistency.
There's lots of jokes about pineapples, and while describing this pastry I even got jokes about the icing. I don't care. Pineapple bars are great. The dough isn't too sweet, the pineapples are delicious, the frosting is very sweet: it all combines to make a great breakfast food. You should try it, really, before you diss.