Pineapple Appeal

By Chef Allison Sosna
The Inn at Little Washington
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Nothing can beat the appeal of a tall and thorny fruit like the pineapple. Kids are drawn to their odd shape and juicy, golden goodness. And getting your kid to pick out a great pineapple is just as easy as getting them to eat one.
The next time you find yourself at the grocery store, ask your child to pick out a leaf from the top of the pineapple head. If he or she tells you it came out easily, you have a ripe pineapple on your hands. If your child says it was hard to get, keep picking. Just be sure to pick the leaves discreetly so you don’t drop pineapple leaves all over the store floor!
Once you have your perfect pineapple, try this recipe that your kids will be sure to love.

Roasted Pineapple with Vanilla Ice Cream


1 pineapple

2 vanilla beans

4.5 ounces honey

6 slices fresh ginger

3 peppercorns

1-ounce banana puree (or mushy banana if you have it on hand)

1 tablespoon of rum (for taste; all alcohol will cook out)

1-cup water

3.5 oz passion fruit coulis (or substitute mango ice cream)

Vanilla ice cream for topping or frozen yoghurt


1. Simmer honey in a saucepan, add water, vanilla, ginger, and black peppercorn. Add banana, passion fruit, and rum. Bring to boil and put on hold.

2. Peel pineapple and cover with the caramel. Cook for 40minutes in an oven on medium (about 320 degrees).

3. Slice, plate, and top with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream or yoghurt.








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