Pineapple Upside Down Cake From A Taste Of Memories: Comforting Food From Our Past

Canned Pineapple

Jim Dole began growing pineapple in Hawaii in 1901. Since pineapple couldn’t withstand the long ocean voyage to the states, he built a cannery, the Dole Food Company, to preserve it during transportation. Grateful housewives turned this delicious tropical fruit into a favorite American comfort food: pineapple upside-down cake. One example of the many versions that were created is below.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

1/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
9 slices pineapple in juice (14 oz. can), drained
9 maraschino cherries
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350º. In a 9-inch square pan, melt the butter in the oven. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over melted butter. Arrange pineapple slices over brown sugar. Place a cherry in the center of each pineapple slice. In a medium bowl, beat remaining ingredients until well blended. Pour over pineapple. Bake 50-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Place a heatproof plate upside down over pan. Turn plate and pan over. Leave pan over plate for a few minutes then remove. Serve cake warm.

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