If pineapple upside down cake and bread pudding had a love child, this would be it. Pineapple isn't the first fruit you'd think of in the winter, but scalloped pineapple is a dish that has always been at my family's table for the holidays. Normally it's baked in a large casserole dish, but I decided to try it in personally portioned ramekins this year. This is great served along side dinner, especially with ham. This time though, I plated it to serve as dessert and added vanilla bean ice cream to top it off. Oh friends-it is so stinkin' good served right out of the oven with that cold dollop of cream melting on top.
*This recipe can fill a casserole dish or eight ramekins.
-One 20 oz. can of pineapple tid bits, drained (You could use the chunks if baking in a casserole dish.)
-4 cups of cubed white bread (crust less)
-1 stick of butter
-1 cup of sugar
-1/4 cup of milk
-1/4 cup of raisins (Soak in warm water for a couple hours to plump before baking.)
-1/4 cup of golden raisins
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Remove crusts from bread. Cut bread into small cubes. Measure out 4- 4/12 cups and toast on a baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
3. Increase oven temp to 375 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and milk. Add eggs one at a time, beating each well after adding to the bowl.
4. Add and combine pineapple, raisins, and spices to the mix.
5. Fold in bread cubes and stir only until incorporated with the liquid mix.
6. Bake for 15 minutes at 375. Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes until the top is slightly browned and crispy.
I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely weekend with family and good food. Stu and I sure did. We hit up IKEA the day after Thanksgiving and found more than we intended to, as usual. We were so excited that IKEA Houston had the dresser we picked out in stock. We also snagged shelves, storage containers, and some of the cutest baby toys. (I know it's early, but we couldn't resist.)
After the 12 hour drive home, we unpacked and got the tools ready to assemble the dresser we'd waited a month to buy...Half way through, Stu realized that we only had ONE of the TWO boxes needed for the dresser! Maybe it was the pregnancy hormones. Maybe it was the build up and disappointment. Maybe it was because I was sleep deprived, and my feet were swollen. Based on one or more of these factors, I had an ALL OUT weepy, cranky breakdown. We now have to wait until my family can bring the other box up at Christmas before we can put the dresser together. I know it's just a month, but we were SO looking forward to getting the last piece of big furniture for the baby's room.
Oh well. I'll be painting the nursery this week with some help from friends. Let's hope I picked a good color, and it turns out ok... I'm only allowing myself one break down a week.