How to Make Mouthwatering Pineapple Muffins

Mouthwatering Pineapple Muffins

Pineapple Muffins are muffins topped with crushed pineapple and a mixture of flour, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon.  I’ve had this recipe a long time and on an old copy of it I had noted that “these muffins are some kind of wonderful!” (Some Kind of Wonderful is an old song I always liked.)  Pineapple muffins are one of my favorite muffin recipes and I have no shortage of muffin recipes! In fact, many of my favorite muffin recipes are on this website!

The muffin batter is made in the standard way by placing all dry ingredients together, mixing together the wet ingredients and then combining the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, stirring just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Don’t overbeat muffins or the results may be tunnels and/or holes in the finished product. Then the muffin tins are filled 1/2 full with the batter.


The next step is to add drained crushed pineapple on top of the batter as shown in the photo below.

The brown sugar mixture is added on top of the pineapple layer as shown below.

Please note that this muffin recipe makes 16 standard-sized muffins. If the muffin tin is fuller than 1/2 full, the muffins will spread out over the top of the muffin tins and the brown sugar will make a sticky mess that is hard to scrape off the top of the muffin tin. This happened to me once when I forgot the recipe made 16 muffins instead of 12 and I filled the muffin tins too full! Don’t let it happen to you!

The muffins bake at 375°F. for 30 minutes.

The Recipe – PIneapple Muffins

Pineapple Muffins
Yields 16
Tasty muffins topped with crushed pineapple and a streusel-like topping.
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 8-oz. can crushed pineapple
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup butter, melted and divided
  6. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 cup sugar
  8. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 egg, beaten
  11. 3/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Drain pineapple, reserving 1/4 cup juice.
  2. For topping: Combine 1/2 cup flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and 1/4 cup melted butter; stir well. Set aside.
  3. For muffin batter: Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Combine egg, milk, remaining 1/4 cup melted butter and reserved pineapple juice. Stir well.
  4. Make a well in center of dry ingredients; add liquid ingredients, stirring until the dry ingredients are moistened. (Don't overmix!)
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pans that have been sprayed with pan coating. Fill muffin tins 1/2 full. Spoon crushed pineapple over the batter. Sprinkle on topping mixture.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Yield: 16 muffins
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 Closing Thoughts

Pineapple Muffins are wonderful for breakfast and brunch but they are also great for snacks any time! Muffins are great to include in a child’s lunchbox. Leftover muffins can be frozen and enjoyed at a moment’s notice. One minute on high in a microwave oven is usually sufficient time to reheat a frozen muffin to perfection! (Be sure to check this as microwaves do vary by brand.)

Try Pineapple Muffins soon and take a trip to the tropics without leaving the kitchen!

Remember to Savor the Flavor,

Janet

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Pineapple Au Gratin – A Southern Classic

 

Pineapple Au Gratin

Pineapple Au Gratin is a wonderful contrast in flavors – the natural sweetness of the pineapple with the tanginess of sharp Cheddar cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs give this dish a unique flavor profile. This dish is often found in attendance at church socials, pot-luck suppers and family gatherings in the South.


Pineapple Au Gratin is a delicious side dish that goes well with meat or poultry main dishes. It can be served warm or at room temperature. This particular version of this recipe is from Helene Ramsey, who was a Home Economics teacher in my hometown and later in life became a good friend of my mother’s – after they were both widows.

Mrs. Ramsey’s recipe for Pineapple Au Gratin was published in the Viewmont Baptist Church 60th Anniversary Cookbook that was published in 1995. If I had to give up all of my cookbooks except one – this is the one that I would choose to keep. The recipes are for foods familiar to me since childhood and the names of the many recipe contributors also evoke pleasant memories. Viewmont Baptist Church is the church I attended while I was growing up and it was special to me in my early life. By the way, my father’s Cornbread Dressing recipe is in this cookbook, and he was so proud to have his recipe included in it. I plan to share his recipe with you this fall, in anticipation of Thanksgiving turkey!

The Recipe

Pineapple Au Gratin
Serves 6
An excellent side dish containing pineapple chunks, Cheddar cheese and Ritz cracker crumbs.
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  1. 2 (20-ounce) cans Pineapple Chunks, drained
  2. 2/3 cup Sugar
  3. 6 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  4. 2 cups sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  5. 1 cup Ritz Cracker Crumbs
  6. 1/2 cup Butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Mix together pineapple, sugar, flour and cheese.
  2. Place mixture in a greased 8-inch square baking pan or 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.
  3. Cover top with cracker crumbs.
  4. Drizzle with melted butter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-35 minutes, until lightly browned.
Notes
  1. This side dish goes well with meat or poultry main dishes.
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The Methodology

Pineapple Au Gratin is quick and easy to prepare. First, the drained pineapple chunks are combined with sugar, flour, and grated Cheddar cheese and placed into a greased 8-inch square baking dish or 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

The top of the casserole is covered with Ritz cracker crumbs.

Melted butter is drizzled over the top of the Ritz crumbs.

Pineapple Au Gratin is baked at 350°F. for 25-35 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Parting Comments

Mrs. Ramsey’s recipe originally called for 1 cup sugar but I thought that was too sweet so I decreased the sugar to 2/3 cup.

I can’t help but think of my youngest brother who as a youngster picked up a menu at a restaurant and read out loud “Potatoes A U gratin” to which we all howled in laughter.  Whenever I see Au Gratin, I always chuckle remembering this family moment.

Tasty Tip: Remember the pineapple juice that was drained from the pineapple chunks in the above recipe? I like to use the leftover pineapple juice to sweeten my iced tea – it’s really good! 

Try Pineapple A U Gratin real soon! 

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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