I’m writing this post while sitting in someone else’s kitchen, with a tiger-eyed cat chirruping earnestly in my ear. I’m cat/housesitting for a few weeks, and staying in this wonderfully renovated circa 1900’s house, getting all the cat cuddles my heart desires.
But this means I’m not in my own kitchen as much, except when I pop back to my condo to replenish my supplies. Bringing things back and forth between residences also means I’m bound to forget one thing or another, and in this case, while I didn’t forget the rhubarb for today’s recipe, after checking three local stores over two days and not finding any rhubarb, I ran out of time to go searching farther afield.
All this is an intro to why I made today’s bake-a-long recipe with fresh pineapple instead of spring-has-sprung rhubarb. The official recipe is the Rhubarb Upside Down Brown Sugar Cake from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking Chez Moi cookbook, but as mentioned above, I turned it into a Pineapple Brown Sugar Cake.
So…basically a pineapple upside down cake, except with a brown sugar batter and using fresh pineapple.
Very French, oui?
Very North American, more like. Le sigh.
Actually, it turned out pretty well! The cake was pillowy soft, and smelled deliciously of butter, and the pineappple was just right as I had cut it up the previous night so it lost the just-cut tongue-numbing sharpness.
That said, I loooove rhubarb and I think the original recipe must be just wonderful, with a contrast between the tang of the rhubarb and the sweetness of the caramelized brown sugar topping. My mouth is watering as I type this, just dreaming of some tart rhubarb. When I was a kid, my best friend and I would pick fresh rhubarb from one of our gardens and eat it raw, dipping the end of the stalk in sugar to cut the tartness. Mmm! And then our mouths would be puckered for hours. But it was worth it!
But enough with the reminiscing. If you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go cuddle a cat. And eat some cake!
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