Thanks to our dessert obsession, we bake very small amounts every night. It doesn't last the night itself ;) This time around, we baked a very simple cake using apple sauce instead of butter. Later, it struck us that we could have used just egg whites to make it more low fat than what it already is. So, here it is.
2 slices of pineapple1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp fat-free milk (optional)
8 tsp applesauce
2 tbsp pineapple juice
A pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven at 35oF
2. Beat the egg at low speed for a minute. Add sugar little by little. Switch to high speed while doing this.
3. After the volume has atleast doubled, add the applesauce, vanilla extract, milk, pineapple juice and salt. Continue to beat for another minute.
4. Sift in the flour, baking soda and baking powder into the wet mixture.
5. Stop beating and fold in gently. Make sure there are no lumps.
6. If you're using canned pineapple, you can grill it for a min to make sure the moisture is gone and those lovely grill marks come on the pineapple. If it is fresh make sure to grill it. If you don't have a grill, but have an electric stove with the coil. Place on it at low heat for about a minute or two until the grill marks appear.
7. To assemble this cake, place the pineapple grilled side down in a greased baking pan or a loaf like us. Then, pour the batter evenly over the pineapples. Bake for 25 minutes or until the toothpick trick works!
8. Once you take it out of the oven, run a knife around the edges and let it cool for 10 minutes. Then flip it upside down. The pineapple on the other side looks gorgeous by the way :) Our really badly taken pictures don't do it justice! *cue to say your pics are good* :D
You could bake these in ramekins also. However, our ramekins were too small for our pineapple slices! So, we baked it in a loaf with dimensions 8.5" x 4.5" and 2 inches deep. Simple and easy to make, you can add some brown sugar instead of regular sugar to caramelize it further :)
P.S.- The measurements of Applesauce are given in a funny, stingy tsp way only because we were experimenting and did not ladle tablespoons of applesauce, but used teaspoons!