Side Note: You can tell a pineapple is ripe if you smell it. Does it smell like pineapple? It's ready to eat. Do you not smell anything? It's not ready.
1 Fresh Pineapple
2 tsp cornstarch (optional, if you are GF make sure your cornstarch is also gluten free.)
Honey or sugar (optional)
- Chop the pineapple into cube like shapes.
- Sneak a piece. Mmmmm....
- Heat the pineapple in a pot or sauce pan at a medium heat (my stove was at about a 4 or 5)
- As the pineapple heats, it will become softer and the juices will seep out of it, and it will be most excellent. As the pineapple softens, I like to mash as much of is as I can to make it easier to eat on crepes.
- If the liquid around the pineapple is too watery, and you want it to thicken, add a little cornstarch. This is very important. When you add cornstarch, take a little bit of warm water and mix the cornstarch in until there are no more clumps, then pour that into the pineapple. I always forget to do that step and I always end up with clumps. Blech.
- Taste as you go. Does it need sweetener? Add some. Is it soft enough? Stab it and find out.
- When it is done to your liking, remove from heat and serve. We use pyrex storage containers so we can serve in the same container as we store it. Less dishes that way.
I highly recommend also making the coconut whipped cream and serving it on top of the pineapple. So good.
You can use canned pineapple. If you do so, don't drain the liquid. Just pour the whole thing in the pot. The sweetness of the pineapple will be dependent on if the syrup in the can was light or heavy (light is less sweet, heavy is more sweet). You will probably need the cornstarch for sure if you use canned pineapple.
Loved this. Just thinking about it makes me want to make it again. No pineapple for me right now, I get to try this out with pears next. I hope it will be as good, if not better, than this pineapple one was. I give it a 5. TC didn't get to try it because of the acids. TC's cousin gave it a 4, I believe.