Monday, February 27, 2012

Daring Bakers: Pineapple Upside-down Quick Bread

This month on the Daring Bakers our host was our wonderful leader - Lis.  Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

So it turns out this is going to be another fairly simple challenge like the last few challenges.  I do like these - seeing all the creativity from the other Daring Bakers and Cooks but I have not really been very daring myself - I have just cooked one of the recipes given in the challenge.  It was hard not to do the same this month since Lis gave us some wonderful recipes to try - Pumpkin Bread with Maple Cream Cheese filling sounds especially good to me.  Well - not this time - I decided I was actually going to try to be at least a little daring myself.

I had a few thoughts but finally decided to turn one (or two ) of my favorite cakes into a quickbread.  I have always loved Pineapple upside-down cake and it seemed like a natural.  For a little twist I also added a bunch of toasted coconut to a fairly standard Pineapple upside-down base (or top).  I then used the basic quick bread recipe that Lis gave us - only I added a bunch of chopped pineapple to it.

I have to say I loved it - the cake was nice and soft and moist.  The topping worked great - just like a pineapple upside-down cake - but the addition of the coconut was very good - I love the texture and flavor it added.

Pineapple Upside-Down Quick Bread
Makes one 9" x 5" loaf
Recipe from A Cooking Dad

  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup coconut, toasted*
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 slices canned pineapple
  • 3 maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar,
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk or soured milk*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pineapple (approx 3 slices)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Pour melted butter into non-stick 9"x5" loaf pan.  Brush onto sides of pan and allow extra to coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle toasted coconut evenly across the bottom of the loaf pan.  Next sprinkle the brown sugar evenly across the bottom of the pan.  On top of this arrange 3 pineapple slices and place 3 maraschino cherries in the center of the slices. Set pan aside.
  4. Sift flour, salt, sugar, and baking soda into a large bowl.  Make a well in the center and set aside.
  5. Lightly whisk buttermilk or soured milk, egg, oil, and vanilla to combine.  Pour into well and mix into a batter.  Before totally combined add chopped pineapple and mix until just combined.  Batter will still be lumpy and may show a few streaks of flour.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn onto plate and remove pan.
Note: To toast coconut - place raw coconut into skillet over medium heat.  Stir frequently until browned (about 3-5 minutes).
Note: To make soured milk, combine 1 cup milk with 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice and let sit for 10 minutes.

Recipe adapted from Sara Schewe - Basic Quick Bread


Sandie said...

Quite daring indeed.I can't remember the last time I had pinapple upside down cake. Your quick bread version sounds deluxe!

Jo said...

I absolutely love pineapple upside down cake, I am going to have to try your bread!

apronaddict said...

I love up-side-down cakes, seeing them on the forum this month has reminded me of them, pineapple and cherries always look good :)

Renata said...

Love your idea of turning an upside down cake into a loaf, and your flavor profile is very "tropical"! The combination pineapple/coconut is crowd pleasing in my country (Brazil). 

Wolf said...

Yum! And that's all I have to say}:P

Susan Bacchus said...

Oh, that looks delish!