Thursday, June 08, 2006

Poundcake with Grilled Pineapple and Peppered Vanilla Syrup

This is another one of those dessert recipes that is almost effortless, yet looks and tastes like you spent a lot of time on it. Grilling the pineapple rings brings out a lovely caramelized sweetness, which lays perfectly on the pound cake base. The syrup, spiced with ginger and peppercorns and finished off with fresh lime juice, is a lovely topper.

Use your own favorite pound cake recipe, or cheat and use a purchased cake. The syrup and pineapple rings can be made ahead of time, so it can be served at a moment's notice.

Poundcake with Grilled Pineapple

Poundcake with Grilled Pineapple and Peppered Vanilla Syrup
1 purchased pound cake, cut into ½” slices
1 pineapple, cored and cut into ½” rings
Cooking spray
1 ½ c water
3 tbsp sugar
4 strips of lemon peel
3 strips of lime peel
3 whole coriander seeds
¼ tsp black peppercorns
2 slices fresh ginger
1 whole clove
½ vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 tbsp fresh lime juice

Slice pound cake and place on individual plates. Spray grill pan or grill rack with cooking spray. Over high heat, grill pineapple slices, 1-2 minutes per side. Place on top of poundcake.
For syrup, combine water to vanilla bean in a small saucepan. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer syrup for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Strain out solids. Serve over pineapple and pound cake.

12 comments:

Melissa West said...

You, my dear, are a gourmet chef! You are right, it looks impressive. I bet it tastes good. This will be great for summer entertaining!

Melissa West said...

You, my dear, are a gourmet chef! You are right, it looks impressive. I bet it tastes good. This will be great for summer entertaining!

Special Sauce said...

Yum! Looks tasty! The sauce looks like it could go well with a number of other things too- neat and versatile.

Emily said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm. Pineapple is my weakness. How do you core it though? I usually buy whole pineapples, but I am not usually trying to make it look pretty when I cut them up so it just ends up in random-sized bits.

Dreena said...

Fiber, you have the most impressive photos!! Everytime I visit your blog I am in awe of how beautiful your food shots are. Oh, and your recipes are always creative and exciting looking too!

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Michele said...

Oh how I love pineapple! Looks delicious! Drop by my blog when you get a chance, I tagged you for a meme :)

vanessa said...

you've got me hooked. i love pineapple spiked with peppercorns. basil is quite tasty, too. pound cake? mmmm.

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