The Pineapple Express

Last night, we had an unexpected, last minute guest for dinner. After rummaging through the pantry and fridge looking for a dessert idea, I decided to make these little individual pineapple tartes tatin from my Donna Hay "Simple Essentials:  Fruit" cookbook.  They couldn't be easier to make and the results are very pretty and most scrumptious.  You can serve them naked or if you're feeling particularly decadent, top them with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a dollop of softly whipped cream.

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Pineapple Tarte Tatin
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Donna Hay
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Serves: 6
Individual caramelized pineapple tarts
Ingredients
  • 60 g (2 oz) butter
  • 1 cup (220 g / 7 3/4 oz) white sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml / 2 fl oz) water
  • 1 small pineapple, peeled and sliced
  • 375 g (13 1/4 oz) store-bought puff pastry, thawed
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F (200˚ C).
  2. Place a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the sugar and water and cook, stirring for 2 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Add the pineapple and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Place a pineapple slice and a little of the syrup in the bases of a muffin tin.
  4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until about 1/8 " (3 mm) thick.
  5. Cut out 6 - 3 1/2" (9 cm) rounds of pastry and place over the pineapple, tucking under the edges.
  6. Place the tin on a baking tray and bake for 18-20 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  7. To serve, invert the tatins onto plates.